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About Sydney City of Film

Sydney was named a UNESCO City of Film in December 2010. 

The objectives of the bid were:

·       to support Sydney filmmakers in the production and distribution of their films;

·       to encourage more international film production in Sydney for the economic benefit of Sydney’s film industry (production, post-production, facilities and creative talent) and its broader economy;

·       to promote the enjoyment of screen culture by Sydneysiders and tourists for cultural and economic benefit.

The existing screen infrastructure in Sydney and the diversity and value of film culture of Sydney was a major reason for the success of Sydney’s bid. It places Sydney as one of only five Cities of Film globally, including Galway (Ireland), Sofia (Bulgaria), Busan (Korea) and Bradford (England).

NSW is Australia’s pre-eminent state for film and television production, with 42% of all Australian drama production in 2013/14 taking place in NSW and 81% of all Australian drama production generated by NSW-based production companies.

Sydney is Australia’s undisputed film and television production hub. It is a city rich in culture, with an intense passion for cinematic experiences, eager to show the world its talents. Local creative industries have produced world-class talents including directors George Miller (Mad Max, Happy Feet), Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge), Wayne Blair (The Sapphires), Alex Proyas (Gods of Egypt) and Russell Crowe who both directed and acted in The Water Diviner, and it is home to fellow actors Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine, Truth), and digital animation pioneers Animal Logic, creators of The LEGO Movie. Sydney boasts a kaleidoscope of filming locations from pristine beaches and stunning city skyscrapers to the lush mountains and bushland on its doorstep. 

Since Sydney was appointed a UNESCO Creative City of Film in 2010, both Sydney and NSW continue to be a location for high levels of both international and local production and post-production, including feature films The Wolverine, The Great Gatsby, Felony, The LEGO Movie, The Sapphires, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, upcoming international feature films including Truth and Gods of Egypt as well as many Australian TV dramas. NSW has been selected as the location for upcoming feature film, Hacksaw Ridge, to be directed by Mel Gibson and produced by Bill Mechanic.

Nearly 60% of all Australians employed in the screen production industry are based in NSW and more than half of all Australian production and post-production businesses are located in NSW, with a total income of more than A$1.58 billion in 2011-12.

Sydney is home to Fox Studios Australia, with the biggest sound stages in the southern hemisphere. The studio, which brought to life films including The Matrix trilogy, The Great Gatsby and The Wolverine, provides state of art filming and digital resources for filmmakers.

Sydney’s screen productions are dynamic and exciting … they challenge perceptions and help audiences to see the world differently, while telling great stories.  From television series set in Sydney such as Redfern Now, Rake, Puberty Blues and Janet King to movies on the big screen, Sydney loves watching as much as making the content. Sydney Film Festival, the Arab Film Festival, the Academy accredited Flickerfest short film festival and Queer Screen Film Festival events, to name just a few, reflect the eclectic cultural diversity of our city and showcase the breadth and diversity of stories told in a way that only Sydney can. Sydney’s locally grown Tropfest Film Festival is now an international event.