UNESCO City of Film
On November 22nd, 2010, Sydney became the UNESCO City of Film to join Bradford in the network.
Film is – and has always been – a core part of what it means to be a Sydneysider. With regard to Sydney and its film industry, most of the developments are considered to demonstrate a dynamic balance between the different film-related sectors, public and private, as well as including the new media and technology field.
The strength of Sydney’s film industry lies in its openness towards cinema of all cultures. Its mission to promote the cinema extends beyond its territory and allows the city to play a leadership role at the regional level. The recognition of Australia’s aboriginal culture through cinema is highly appreciable. The large density of film festivals as well as partnerships the city has with other cities throughout Australia characterizes Sydney’s film scene. In addition the city’s actions in favour of youth, such as training programmes that are relatively new yet diverse and highly dynamic, proves the city’s commitment to continuously generate innovation and creativity.
Contact: Grainne Brunsdon (grainne.brunsdon(at)screen.nsw.gov.au)
News from Sydney
Sydney, UNESCO City of Film, and New South Wales Government welcomes Angelina Jolie's UNBROKEN
Director Angelina Jolie and her cast and crew arrived in Sydney in November to begin filming of the international feature film Unbroken, which is backed by major Hollywood studio Universal Pictures. The New South Wales (NSW) Government has secured production of Unbroken for the Australian State, of which Sydney is the capital, injecting millions of dollars into the economy and creating more than 300 jobs for NSW-based crew alone, and more for cast and extras. Scenes from the film are to be shot in and around Sydney as well as regional NSW. The production company is also based in Sydney where some of the film’s post-production will also take place.
Sydney secures Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards for 3 more years
The New South Wales (NSW) Government has renewed its agreement to host the prestigious Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards in Sydney, UNESCO City of Film, for a further three years from 2015 through to 2017. The 3rd AACTA Awards will be held in Sydney in January 2014 with 15 NSW Government supported projects nominated across 41 categories with a total of 67 nominations out of 170. Nominated projects include films and TV series shot and/or post-produced in Sydney including The Great Gatsby, Dance Academy, Redfern Now, Top Of The Lake, Dead Europe, Drift and Adoration. To see the full list of nominees and for more information on the awards, visit the AACTA website.
I Want In: UNESCO City of Film puts creative careers in focus
The New South Wales (NSW) Government has launched I Want In, a series of videos produced by creative youth charity, I-Manifest. The Australian State, of which UNESCO City of Film, Sydney, is its capital, has engaged rising production duo What So Not, a side project of multi ARIA Award-winning artist Flume and Emoh Instead, and a range of high-profile industry partners to promote the benefits of a creative career to young people.
The I Want In videos cover 17 creative careers and feature a leading edge interactive piece that allows the user to direct their own music video for the new What So Not single Jaguar (currently number 1 on the Hype Machine Chart that tracks international blog pickup).
The videos are a practical way to educate and inspire Sydney and NSW’s next generation of creative professionals. The interactive video content provides young people, parents and career advisers with the latest information about the realities of working in the creative industries.
I Want In will put those who aspire to a creative career in touch with quality, realistic and practical information on a range of career paths, such as film, music, fashion, photography and design.
In NSW, the creative industries directly employ more people than mining and agriculture combined, and generate around AUD$1.4 billion each year in exports.
To watch the video content visit: www.iwantin.com.au