MAY 20-21, 2016
Reel 2016 Poster

April 12, 2016
Source: Cinewest

 2nd Reel Sydney Festival of World Cinema is held at Sutherland Entertainment centre during May 20-21, 2016 with an incredible selection of Australian and international short and feature length films!

 The festival is a partnership screen culture initiative between Cinewest and Sutherland Shire Council conceived in 2015 presenting the best of World Cinema from around the world.  The festival program includes two feature films and seven short films from Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, Spain and USA.

 The features include the much talked about personal essay documentary ‘The Silences’ by Margot Nash from Australia/NZ scheduled for the opening night followed by Q&A with the director hosted by Peter Castaldi and Berlin Film Festival hit ‘Mrussia’ by Eva Pervolovici from France/Russia selected for the closing night.

‘We are so excited to hold the 2nd edition after a massive response from the audiences in 2015.’ Says Mr. Vahid Vahed (Festival Curator)

 The selection of short films include award winning ‘I Say Dust’ by Darine Hotait from USA, ‘Listen’ by ‘Hamy Ramezan & Rungano Nyoni’ from Finland/Denmark and ‘Intercom’ by Maxim Belousov from Russia.  The festival also presents Asia-Pacific Premiere ‘Follow the Instructions’ by Begoña Soler and Australian Premiere ‘40th Anniversary’ by J. Enrique Sánchez from Spain.

‘This year’s selection of films is powerful representations that are artistically and culturally significant such as ‘I Say Dust’ by Darine Hotait depicting an Arab American take on identity in a diaspora context.’ Says Vahed

 The festival has allured audiences from Sydney region as well as national and international Media outlets for its diverse programming recognizing the art of moving images embracing social, cultural, economical and political content.

‘The audiences were so impressed with the quality programming of short and feature length films last year that Sutherland Shire Council and Cinewest decided to stage this event annually’. Says Vahed 

 The festival deploys a creditable international jury panel to award the best feature and short films selected by renowned Peter Castaldi from Australia, as the Jury President, award winning film producer/performer Carrie Collins from USA, Dhaka International Film Festival founder/director Ahmed Muztaba Zamal from Bangladesh and award winning film writer/director Derrick Lui from Singapore.

‘The festival anticipates the jury reactions and decisions to select the best films as well as audiences for their selection this year.’ Says Vahed

REEL 2016 consists of three sessions commencing with a feature film ‘The Silences’ on Friday May 20, followed by a day session of short films and ending with a feature film ‘Marussia’ on Saturday May 21, 2016.  For more information and bookings contact Scott O’Hara (Festival Manager) at Sutherland Entertainment Centre (02) 9521 8888 and for media coverage contact Vahid Vahed (Festival Curator) 0402 707010.  

Margot Nash in conversation with Peter Castaldi
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