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Monday 6 June 2011

The Sydney Film Festival - Wednesday June 8 - June 19, 2011

The Sydney Film Festival kicks off this Wednesday June 8 and runs until June 19, 2011.

The full 12 day film festival program includes 161 titles: 75 features, 39 documentaries, 34 short films, 13 retrospective titles, 10 world premieres, 86 Australian premieres, 42 countries, 47 languages and 29 Australian productions (1 retrospective, 6 features, 10 documentaries, 12 short films). Phew!

“Between our high-octane Opening Night premiere of Joe Wright’s Hanna starring Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana and our Closing Night premiere of Mike Mill’s delicious romantic comedy Beginners with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, you will find the very best cinema from around the world," said Festival Director Clare Stewart.

“From the daring stylistic approaches in our Official Competition selection through the inspirational subjects and investigations in the FOXTEL Australian Documentary Prize lineup, this year’s festival is a rousing chorus of unfettered vision, enquiry and creativity.”

The opening night gala will feature the Australian premiere of espionage thriller Hanna – directed by Joe Wright (Atonement) and stars Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana, kicking off the 2011 Sydney Film Festival at the State Theatre on Wednesday June 8 at 7.30pm, followed by an afterparty at The Establishment. Cate Blanchett will be opening night guest.

Other highlights include the 'family gala' event: director Jennifer Yuh Nelson and CEO of DreamWorks Animation Jeffrey Katzenberg will be at Sydney Film Festival to introduce the Australian premiere of Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3D on the public holiday Monday 13 June, 6.30pm, at Vmax 1 and 2, Event Cinemas George Street.

Now in its fourth year of FIAPF-accredited Official Competition features 12 international titles, in a program of cutting-edge filmmaking. Jury President Chen Kaige and four jurors will select one film to receive the $60,000 Sydney Film Prize.

There will also be industry talks and workshops - see the site www.sff.org.au to book tickets, to find out how to get there, movie times, movie venues, ticket prices, and more.

Tickets can also be booked by calling the SFF box office on 9690 5390.

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