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Inner West Film Fest 2023

Celebrate Australian cinema and your love of film at the first-ever Inner West Film Fest hosted at various locations throughout the vibrant Sydney area.
By Orlaith Costello
March 22, 2023
By Orlaith Costello
March 22, 2023

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Sydney film buffs, you're in for a treat with the launch of the first-ever Inner West Film Fest. Held across multiple days from Marrickville to Newtown, Enmore to Leichhardt, film lovers will be spoiled for choice with this cinematic reflection of the Inner West community.

The three-day festival lineup is jam-packed with documentaries, award-winning Australian films, international film premieres, a movie poster exhibition and much more. One of the many highlights is the 35mm retro screening of the Aussie gem Erskineville Kings at Dendy Newtown. Shot on location in Erskineville, Newtown and surrounds, it features of one the first silver screen performances of national treasure Hugh Jackman.

The opener? A free outdoor screening of the Australian film Sweet As at the Marrickville Golf Club. This flick tells the story of Murra (Shantae Barnes-Cowan), a 16-year-old Indigenous girl, as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

Palace Norton Street will play host to a short film competition and showcase, where many of the films have been created by Inner West residents and shot in the area — promising a reflection of the vibrant community.

Love a talent contest or fancy yourself the director of the next film classic? Submit your film pitch for a chance to be a part of the "Australian Idol for filmmakers" hosted by Australian production company Breathless Films. You could even walk away with a two-month residency at the Newtown studio.

Grab your popcorn and choc top and celebrate the artistry of Aussie film at the inaugural Inner West Film Fest.

Inner West Film Fest hits various locations from Friday, March 31 until Sunday, April 2. For more information, head to the website.

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