International film festivals present makers, critics and audiences with a glimpse into the cultural tastes, moods and ambitions of the time. It’s a place of discovery and excitement, opening doors into a variety of worlds – imagined, lived, or even potentially realised – and championing fresh, daring voices of a generation.
From Cannes to Sundance; the number of international film festivals are on the rise, showing a growing appetite and visibility worldwide. But how can these events be transformed to create greater access so that they aren't an exercise in performance but they make real contributions to a more diverse society?
By nature global, what are the opportunities international film festivals offer in connecting cultures and ideas? Could they perhaps set the scene and shape a future vision of Australia's multicultural society?
Join our discussion with Australian film icon David Stratton, and chaired by Michelle Royer, as we explore the role of international film events in 21st-century Australia. Our expert panel features influential film festival curators from different language and culture backgrounds.
This event was held at the University of Sydney on Tuesday 6 November 2018.
Screening the World is a research cluster in the School of Languages and Cultures, coordinated by Benjamin Nickl, Michelle Royer, Giorgia Alu, Andrea Bandhauer, Lucia Sorbera and Fernanda Penaloza.
Wednesday 31 October
Hear award-winning director Bruce Beresford (Ladies in Black, Driving Miss Daisy) discuss his impressive 50-year journey in cinema, from Australia to Hollywood, and his creative processes and philosophy on film, in this in-conversation event with Dr Bruce Isaacs.
Monday 3 December
Australian Local Hero of the Year and proud University of Sydney graduate Eddie Woo returns to campus to show us the spellbinding world of maths that surrounds us.
Sunday 9 December
Join us to reflect on Australia's human rights record, with a keynote address from Gillian Triggs, as well as responses from Tanya Plibersek and Elizabeth Evatt in this event, co-presented with the Evatt Foundation.