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Sydney World Film Festival 2024 Award Winners Announced!

Yesterday marked the closing night of another great and well-attended edition of the Sydney World Film Festival. We'd like to thank all of our guests for coming out and enjoying four evenings of independent international and local cinema, hosted by film industry veteran John Samaha. The official selection featured 28 wonderful independent films, carefully selected out of over a thousand submissions from all over the world. (the OFF ON Selection, remains available for streaming until 9 June, more info on the website:

We are pleased to share with you today the 2024 Sydney World Film Festival award winners, chosen by the jury panel:

Best Narrative Feature Film:

Coyote (Canada) by Katherine Jerkovic

Best Narrative Short Film:

The Fuse (Switzerland) by Kevin Haefelin

Best Documentary Feature Film:

One Second at a Time: Battling the Monster of Addiction (United States) by Tim Searfoss

Best Documentary Short Film:

Thank you for your souvenir, UK! (United Kingdom) by Oushi Lin

Best Animated Film:

Nature Attack (France) by Erik Semashkin

Best Experimental Film:

The Lovers Of Avignon (Spain) by Manuel Fernández Ferro

Best Music Video:

Wood Dove (United States) by David Jonathan Orr

Best Super Short Film:

Kiss/Crash (United Kingdom) by Adam Cole

Best Australian Film:

Bi-Mok (Australia) by Baro Lee

Congratulations to all!

The Sydney World Film Festival team would also like to thank Palace Cinemas and Velvet Room for their amazing continued support.

A new Call for Entries for Sydney World Film Festival 2025 has been launched on FilmFreeway, submit your film now:

See you back next year!


The Sydney World Film Festival was launched in 2015 as an online film festival. The online environment and the technology that made it possible was critical to the success of myriad filmmakers whose works would probably never have been screened at conventional festivals. Having a film selected at the festival was about industry prestige since the format only allowed private screenings for an international jury. In 2018, this distinguished festival entered a new era with its first brick-and-mortar event. Free and open to the public for the first time, this allowed filmmakers to witness the impact of their films on a live audience.

Inspired by the grand screening rooms of the past and born of today’s interconnected world, SWFF has succeeded in finding its unique voice within the already bustling film festival scene in Australia's largest city. It attracts young independent filmmakers not only for its selection of films, but also for its networking opportunities.

The festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world. Recognising the important role independent films have in the history of filmmaking, storytelling, and culture, SWFF wants to help empower the next generation of artists. Sydney World Film Festival is an annual event showcasing independent films with an edge.


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