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Sydney Film Festival family-friendly films (6-16 June)

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The 66th Sydney Film Festival (5-16 June 2019) announces seven family-friendly films will screen at the Hoyts Entertainment Quarter (Moore Park) as part of the Family Program.

“Kids, tweens and teens have an excellent selection of wonderful family-friendly films to look forward to, including The Secret Life of Pets 2, voiced by an all-star cast including Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Harrison Ford, and Patton Oswalt, and The Elephant Queen, a stunning documentary narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, about an elephant mother leading her family on an epic journey across the African plains,” Family Films Programmer Clare Sawyer said.

Emu Runner follows a young Indigenous girl who forms a very special bond with a wild emu, made in collaboration with the Indigenous community of Brewarrina; Ringside shines a light on the travails and triumphs of two young aspiring professional boxers from Chicago’s impoverished South Side; and Stupid Young Heart is a fresh, edgy drama tackling first love and politics in Northern Europe,” she said.

“Other animated hits include Tito and the Birds, about 10-year-old Tito and his feathered friends as they save the world from an epidemic of fear; and Minuscule: Mandibles From Far Away, diving into the delightful world of insects,” she said.

Since 2016, changes to classification restrictions have made over 50% of the Festival program accessible to audiences 15+.


The return of the Youth Pass provides cheaper tickets to film lovers aged 18-24. Festival films now cost young people just $75 for a bundle of six-tickets. Tickets for under 18s are just $14. 
The full Sydney Film Festival program will be announced on Wednesday 8 May 2019. Flexipasses and subscriptions to Sydney Film Festival 2019 are on sale now.

For more information, please visit 
sff.org.au or call 1300 733 733 

About Sydney Film Festival

From Wednesday 5 June to Sunday 16 June 2019, the 66th Sydney Film Festival offers Sydneysiders another exciting season of cinema amidst a whirlwind of premieres, red-carpet openings, in-depth discussions, international guests and more. 


The Festival is a major event on the New South Wales cultural calendar and is one of the world’s longest-running film festivals.

Sydney Film Festival also presents an Official Competition of 12 films that vie for the Sydney Film Prize, a highly respected honour that awards a $60,000 cash prize based on the decision of a jury of international and Australian filmmakers and industry professionals. Previous Sydney Film Prize winners: The Heiresses (2018), On Body and Soul (2017); Aquarius (2016); Arabian Nights (2015); Two Days, One Night (2014); Only God Forgives (2013); Alps (2012); A Separation (2011); Heartbeats (2010); Bronson (2009); and Hunger (2008).

The 66th Sydney Film Festival is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW and Destination NSW, the Federal Government through Screen Australia and the City of Sydney. The Festival’s Strategic Partner is the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. 

MEDIA RELEASE, 19th April 2019
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