Sydney Film Festival gets $5m boost

The Sydney Film Festival has been given a $5 million boost by the NSW Government.

The money includes core funding of $1.2 million a year for four years – an annual increase of more than 20 per cent of support – and some extra funding for regional screenings.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian made the announcement at the opening night of the festival, which is celebrating its 66th year. Since Government support began in 2009 the Festival has grown in attendance by over 80 per cent.

“We’re committing $355,000 to expand the Travelling Film Festival to 13 regional centres to ensure the regions get their fair share of this great Festival,” said NSW Government Minister for the Arts Don Harwin.

“Film fans in Lismore, Singleton, Griffith, Orange and Broken Hill are in for a treat when the Festival hits their screens from 2020 onwards. The screen sector in NSW supports nearly 10,000 jobs and in this year’s Festival line-up 17 films and a miniseries are supported by the NSW Government.”