This niche little Autralian film festival combines your love for the sport and cinema, with amazing stories from all over the world about people’s love for the sport.
Football Film Festival puts together feature, documentary and short films that showcase the other side of football, which are the real stories behind the sport. “Away from the glamour and the trophies, these are the reasons people go and watch games,” says Stuart Meney, the festival’s curator. “A lot of the stories are real. We’re just allowing people to sit down and spend an hour or two understanding and sharing those emotions.”
Meney and the rest of the team took entries from all over the world, taking special interest in documentaries, like Black and White Democracy from Brazil and A Wonderful Season of Failure from Italy. The first showing in Parramatta was a huge success, and Meney expects the same for the screening at Palace Cinemas Norton St. Leichhardt, in Sydney, from October 22–25.
Stuart Meney is a busy kids’ football coach and sports enthusiast, but when he isn’t doing that, he loves watching sports cinema. Deciding to take his love for the genre a bit further, along with two other men with a lifelong passion for football, he decided to create a film festival dedicated to the sport. “A couple of us volunteered for non-profits and charities in the football space,” Meney said, “We connected there and started getting together to argue about football. Then we moved on to coordinating a festival.”