July 18, 2015
Source: Cinewest


The first edition of Reel Sydney Festival of World Cinema is a partnership project between Sutherland Shire Council and Cinewest to bring the best of World Cinema to Shire audiences and beyond!  The festival is held at Sutherland Entertainment Centre during July 24-25, 2015.

‘Almost a year ago, Cinewest was approached by Sutherland Entertainment Centre’s management to create a film festival that showcases English as well as foreign language films promoting cultural diversity for the Shire region’s ever growing audiences!’ Says Vahid Vahed (Festival Curator)

For its first edition, the festival program consists of 3 sessions presenting six multi award winning short films from France, China, Germany and USA as well as two feature films from Iran and the Netherlands/Philippines.

‘The selected films are representations of world cultures addressing historical and contemporary issues entrenched in various cinematic narrative structures! ‘Lilet Never Happened’ a coproduction feature film from the Netherlands and Philippines by Jacco Groen depicts the life of a child prostitute in Manila. The film is so confronting in its approach and sets off an astonishing performance by 12 years old Sandy Talag!  ‘Track 143’ by Narges Abyar is another important feature film from Iran told from a woman’s perspective conveying an anti-war message that  shimmers on current global social, cultural, political and economical crises!’ Says Vahed

Among the finalist is an International Premiere of ‘Lightheaded’ by Steve Pray a short romantic comedy from USA about a woman’s unwillingness to move on after her failed marriage until she meets her guardian angle to help her through her depressed and lonely life.  Also, the line up includes Asia-Pacific Premiere of Cécile Davidovici’s short fiction ‘The Dive’ from France, Australian Premiere of Vanessa Gräfingholt’s short drama comedy ‘Tuppern’ and Sydney Premiere of Rebecca Blöcher’s powerful short animation ‘Torturing’ from Germany.

‘The festival jury panel from Australia are Peter Castaldi a renowned Film Critic and Festival Director and Dr. Greg Dolgopolov a Film Lecturer at UNSW and Festival Director as well as  Merja Ritola a multi award winner Film and Television producer from Finland.  The festival presents Audience Choice and Jury awards for Best Short and Best Feature Films.’ Says Vahed

The festival kicks off on Friday July 24th with the award winning ‘Track 143’ for its Opening Night session, followed by a Matinee Session on Saturday July 25th screening only Short Films’ and for the Closing Night session the unmissable ‘Lilet Never Happened’.

For more information and publicity please contact:

Vahid Vahed (Festival Curator)
Tel: +61 402 707010