Sydney Film Festival 2020 finds four compelling winners

Free diving, performative eating, vagina power and the horrors of internet stardom—all the winners at the virtual edition of the Sydney Film Festival are touched by the social web.

The Sydney Film Festival’s Awards Ceremony last night had the key essential, which was awards for some excellent films. But it lacked all that tension vibrating around a real auditorium as clusters of people hope desperately for a moment of honour after months of work. Or years in the case of documentary.

George Miller did the intro and outro on the stream, shot from above in a formal black suit which highlighted his silver hair and urbane manners. The filmmakers were fully composed by the time they had set up their home streaming systems, so they had even more elaborate lists of thankees. 

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.