Proudly presented by Cosmos Tours and the not for profit company The Festivalists, this showcase of new and classic American and Canadian cinema will be held exclusively at Dendy Opera Quays and Dendy Newtown from 8 to 18 August and ARC Cinema (Canberra) from 21 to 23 August 2013.
The festival programme is composed of twenty film and documentary titles in competition (ten from Canada and ten from the United States) - highlights include festival opener Stories We Tell -Sarah Polley's acclaimed documentary; Joe Swanberg's Drinking Buddies, starring Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston; Noah Baumbach's latest directorial effort - Frances Ha, starring rising star Greta Gerwig; the Sundance hit, A Teacher; The Wait, starring ChloŽ Sevigny, Jena Malone and Josh Hamilton and a 40th anniversary screening of cult favourite Westworld. You can view the complete festival programme here.
Many screenings will include a complimentary welcome drink on arrival and special guests will be announced shortly - so far only Steve Ostrow has been announced; he will be presenting the Sydney premiere of Continental, a new documentary by Malcolm Ingram.
The Award for Best Canadian Film will be chosen by a jury composed of SBS film presenter and journalist Sandy George, Sarah Lancaster (Toronto International Film Festival, Adelaide International Film Festival) and film critic and festival insider, Sarah Ward.
The jury for the Best American Film Award will include Festival veteran Alyssa Orvis (Tribeca, Abu Dhabi, Sydney Film Festival), 2013 Dendy Award winning producer Lyn Norfor and American academic Dr Jane Park from the US Studies Centre, University of Sydney.
"Our quest has always been to bring diversity to Australian screens,' said Festival director Mathieu Ravier. 'With Canadian titles now getting theatrical release on a regular basis, we are widening our focus to include independent American films which remain surprisingly little seen in local cinemas and festival."
Tickets to the respective screenings in both Sydney and Canberra are now on sale;
Sydney tickets are priced at $16 for adults and $13 for concession holders. To make a booking, please click here.
Canberra tickets are priced at $11 for adults and $9 for concession holders. To make a booking, please contact 02 6248 2000
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