Director nabs gig at film festival
Gillian Armstrong has been tapped prexy of the Sydney Film Festival’s inaugural jury for its 12-pic competition.Oz helmer will be joined by Iranian multihyphenate Majid Majidi and Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi, with two more members still to be locked in. Fest, which unspools June 4-22, will award the A$60,000 ($55,000) Sydney Film Prize on June 16 at the Sydney Opera House. Sydney is Oz’s first fest with a FIAPF-accredited Official Competition. The biennial Adelaide Film Festival has an unaccredited competition. World premieres among the competition pics include “Rain of the Children,” from Kiwi director Vincent Ward; “The Square,” Oz stuntman-turned-helmer Nash Edgerton’s debut; and “Three Blind Mice,” from Oz thesp-turned-helmer Matthew Newton. The competition, a significant upgrade for the 55-year-old fest, is backed by the New South Wales state government.