Film festivals are a cultural focal point for anyone with even the slightest interest in moving pictures, packed with talent, they provide a career-making launch pad for actors, directors and filmmakers and a raft of must-see flicks for festival-goers. As one of the longest running film festivals in the world, The Sydney Film Festival is always highly anticipated and they've just announced their first lot of films for this year's event. The full line-up will be released May 10, but for now they've dropped 28 new film titles on us, a key festival guest name and the new HQ of the festival.

The 7 - 18 June event will be head quartered at the glorious art deco Randwick Ritz, with screenings and other events held at the usual iconic locations like the State Theatre and the Art Gallery of NSW. 150 special guests will be at the Festival and so far they've revealed just one name: award-winning British filmmaker Nick Broomfield, director of the Whitney Houston doco Whitney 'Can I Be Me'.

The titles revealed so far can be viewed here. Of these 28 titles the hot ticket buzz centres around Nick Broomfield's Whitney documentary featuring never-before-seen backstage footage of the award-winning star.

Movie still from 'Whitney "Can I Be Me"'

Fans of spine-tingling horror flicks will love Oscar winner Casey Affleck starring alongside Rooney Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) in A Ghost Story. Or there's the Oscar-nominated true story I Am Not Your Negro narrated by Hollywood heavyweight Samuel L. Jackson which takes a hard look at race in America.

The Sydney Film Festival will take place 7-18 June, for more information head to sff.org.au

The Sydney Film Festival 2017 line-up revealed