The Sydney Film Festival 2016 will run from June 8 to June 19 this year. On its 63rd year, the festival has announced 26 out of the 250 films that will be screened. Additionally, David Stratton will return with 10 Martin Scorsese gems that will be showcased during the festival.

The 26 films to be screened announced at the 63rd Sydney Film Festival include a mix of highly acclaimed comedies, drama, and documentaries. Some big names have made their way through the selection along with some lesser known visual treats. Gay News Network (GNN) reveals that Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Demolition” will premiere at the film festival too.

Nashen Moodley, Sydney Film Festival Director, believes that the movies being showcased at the festival this year will change our perspectives. “These are films that can change your mind, change your mood and change the way you look at the world,” he said. “From big stars and big ideas to small but perfectly formed stories of truth and imagination, there’s something for all kinds of film lovers here,” Moodley added.

Films such as “Angry Indian Goddesses,” “Sing Street,” “Everybody Wants Some!” “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” and many more are already selected for screening. 2016 Sundance Film Festival prize winner “Weiner” is also in the running. The film is an expose of Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal.

“Maggie’s Plan” is a modern comedy about human relationships, whereas “Sunset Song” is a cinematic take on a piece of Scottish literature. Another Sundance Film Festival winner, “Sonita,” will make its way to Sydney this year too. Some highlights include Cannes Directors’ Fortnight prize winner “Mustang,” “Under the Shadow,” “Mr. Gaga,” and “A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers.”

Acclaimed film critic David Stratton, who is also a lecturer and an author, has selected ten essential Martin Scorsese films for avid movie fans. These include “Mean Streets,” “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “The Aviator,” and a few more.

GNN explains that the movies will be screened at different venues across Sydney. The official list of venues stated are The State Theatre, Dendy Opera Quays, the Art Gallery of NSW, Event Cinemas George Street, the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, Dendy Newtown, Casula Powerhouse, and the Skyline Drive in Blacktown.