1978 - State Theatre FoyerIn a world-first initiative, the Sydney Film Festival (SFF) is celebrating its 60th year by releasing a digital-only archive telling the story of its history.

Sydney Film Festival 1954 to Now: A Living Archive consists of thousands of pages of archived photos and content, available to be streamed online and downloaded to tablets and computers for free.

“This new digital archive is not only a comprehensive anthology of Sydney Film Festival and the Australian film industry, but it is also a celebration of Sydney and NSW as the nation’s hub of film and creative industries,” NSW arts minister George Souris said.

The archive also features 37 essays from Australia’s leading cultural commentators and film writers, including David Stratton, David Marr and Dr Gregory Dolgopolov.

“It is an amazing resource full of multimedia, interviews and analysis of the history of the festival, its relationship to the local and international film industries, its position in cinema history and its role in the development of local art, culture and entertainment,” SFF festival director Nashen Moodley said.

The archive also includes a searchable list of all 8580 films that have ever screened at the festival more than 50 archived videos, all 59 complete program guides and previous retrospective publications (25 years and 40 years),and a ‘Join the Discussion’ page open to audience contribution.

You can check out the archive here.

INFO: The Sydney Film Festival will run from June 5-16 this year. More information can be found here.

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