The SAFF is a not-for-profit event organised by a group of passionate volunteers with a mandate to showcasing South African talent, culture and diversity and supporting educational opportunities for disadvantaged children.
2019 was the inaugural Sydney South African Film Festival which was held in cinema at Bondi Junction. In May 2020, in response to COVID 19, the festival went online Australia-wide and was broadened to include an on demand program.
In 2021 our film festival expanded with a hybrid program with in-cinema and online screenings. Committed to bringing South African cinema to the whole of Australia and extending internationally to include New Zealand, we have rebranded as the South African Film Festival.
The South African Film Festival is a festival with a conscience. The net proceeds from the festival support Education without Borders (EwB). Established in 2002 Ewb provides educational opportunities for disadvantaged young people in South Africa.
More about EwB can be seen here.
SAFF is part of a group of not-for-profit global South African Film Festivals operating in Vancouver and Toronto and this year expanding to New Zealand and San Diego, US.
We acknowledge our many partners who believe in the work of EwB and the SAFFs and would like to thank, in particular our presenting partner Brand South Africa.