Sydney, Australia

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 Sydney sider. 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.

New South Wales (NSW) is Australia’s pre-eminent state for film and television production, with 57% of all Australian drama production in 2012-13 taking place in NSW. In 2013-14, NSW was the location for high levels of both foreign and local production and post-production, including the feature films Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving; The LEGO Movie; Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, and The Gods Of Egypt starting Geoffrey Rush, directed by Alex Proyas. Sydney boasts state-of-the-art studio facilities and is home to a wealth of creative and technical talent. 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. Read more on the attached Screen NSW Brochure.

Contact: Grainne Brunsdon, Manager Stakeholder Relations  (grainne.brunsdon(at)screen.nsw.gov.au)

News from Sydney

Sydney, UNESCO City of Film, shares in THE LEGO® MOVIE success

Proudly supported by the New South Wales (NSW) Government and produced in NSW over the past two years, the biggest animated picture opener of all time for Warner Bros, The LEGO® Movie, opened across Australia on Wednesday 3 April 2014. NSW’s talented film industry played a major role in bringing the highly-anticipated 3D computer animated film to thousands of screens worldwide. The film was produced at leading Sydney animation and visual effects studio, Animal Logic, for Hollywood studio, Warner Bros., with support from the NSW Government. At 30 March 2014, the 3D animated family film, which opened in the US in early February, has taken $248.3 million in the US and $152.2 million internationally for a worldwide total of $400.5 million.

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Sydney, UNESCO City of Film, shares in THE LEGO® MOVIE success

Proudly supported by the New South Wales (NSW) Government and produced in NSW over the past two years, the biggest animated picture opener of all time for Warner Bros, The LEGO® Movie, opened across Australia on Wednesday 3 April 2014. NSW’s talented film industry played a major role in bringing the highly-anticipated 3D computer animated film to thousands of screens worldwide. The film was produced at leading Sydney animation and visual effects studio, Animal Logic, for Hollywood studio, Warner Bros., with support from the NSW Government. At 30 March 2014, the 3D animated family film, which opened in the US in early February, has taken $248.3 million in the US and $152.2 million internationally for a worldwide total of $400.5 million.

 

Sydney, UNESCO City of Film, and New South Wales Government welcomes Angelina Jolie's UNBROKEN

Director Angelina Jolie and her cast and crew recently filmed in Sydney for the international feature film Unbroken, which is backed by major Hollywood studio Universal Pictures. The New South Wales (NSW) Government.

UNESCO City of Film Sydney was the perfect place for the launch of Film Festivals Australia<http://metroscreen.cmail2.com/t/j-l-ijtddtt-thykkilyd-n/>, a new initiative pioneered by Metro Screen. For over 30 years Metro Screen, the Centre for Screen Creativity, has been working with festival organisers supporting the growth of independent screen culture. The Film Festivals Australia program has grown out of decades of experience and networking to become a formalised resource to develop audiences as well as providing technical, marketing and production support. With the support of the New South Wales (NSW) Government and City of Sydney, Lord Mayor Clover Moore officially launched Film Festivals Australia program and online calendar in Sydney on Thursday 3 April 2014.

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

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