Sydney Film School

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Sydney Film School is a private film school based in Waterloo, New South Wales.

Sydney Film School
Sydney Film School Logo
82 Cope Street, Waterloo
Sydney, New South Wales
School type Film School, Selective
Motto "Courage, Curiosity, Compassion"[2]
Established 2004 (2004)[1]
Administrator Piers Morgan
Director Ben Ferris
Headteacher Kathryn Milliss
Age range 18+
Enrolment Half-Yearly
Campus type Warehouse Studio


The Sydney Film School, Australia, was established in August 2004 by a group of founding partners including Mark Allen, John Buckmaster, Ben Ferris, Phillip Handy, Leslie Oliver, Uracha Oliver, John Saunders, Joe Skrzynski, Emile Sherman and Willie Weinstein. It was officially launched on 3 February 2005 by the Premier of the State of NSW and Minister for the Arts, the Hon Bob Carr. As of February, 2012, seventy-eight Sydney Film School produced films had screened at one-hundred-and-six international film festivals worldwide with thirty-four first place wins[3]

The Founding Director is Ben Ferris (2004+).

Courses & Admission[edit]

Sydney Film School runs two courses: The Diploma of Screen & Media and The Advanced Diploma of Screen & Media.


Some of the accolades afforded to Sydney Film School graduates for their work include:

Best Student Documentary Film at Antenna Film Festival: "Ol' Blue Eyes", Matt Cooney [4]

Finalist at Bondi Short Film Festival: "Letters Home", Neilesh Verma [5]

Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Pitch Competition winner: "Lotus Sonny", Gary Sofarelli [6]

Opening Night screening; Best Australian Animation & Best Australian Composer at World of Women WOW Film Festival, 2012: "Camera Obscura", Marta Maia [3][7][8]

Best Comedy Feature & Best Supporting Actress at the American Independent Filmmaker Showcase: "Sick", Nick Danger [9][10][11]

Best Direction in a Student Film at 2012 Australian Directors Guild Awards: "The Room", Epiphany Morgan [12]

Best Drama at Blue Mountain Film Festival and Audience Award at Sandfly Film Festival: "The Good Neighbour", James Crisp [13]

Sydney Film School Festival[edit]

At the end of each semester, the school organises the Sydney Film School Festival at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington to display the students' work.

Previous guest keynote speakers at the Sydney Film School Festival awards ceremony have included: George Miller (July 2005), Tom Zubrycki (July 2006), Phillip Noyce (December 2006), Paul Keating - Former Prime Minister of Australia (July 2007), Gillian Armstrong (December 2007), Bob Connolly (July 2008), Phillip Hearnshaw (December 2008), Bruce Beresford (December 2009), Ray Lawrence (July 2010), Virginia Judge (December 2010), Gretel Killeen (July 2011), Wayne Blair (July 2012), John Duigan (December 2012) and David Jowsey (July 2013)

During Paul Keating's keynote address at the Sydney Film School Festival in July 2007, Paul Keating made headlines by drawing comparisons between then Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard and Adolf Hitler.[14]


  1. ^ "Sydney Film School". A Film School of Excellence. Sydney Film School. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  2. ^ "Submission: Sydney Film School". Creative Australia / Government of Australia. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Australian Creative. Retrieved 22 Nov 2013
  4. ^ Stevenson-br SBS Blog. Retrieved 22 Nov 2013
  5. ^ director/ North Shore Times. Retrieved 22 Nov 2013
  6. ^ winner-Lotus-Sonny/IVWNAJSNDW.html Inside Film Website. Retrieved 22 Nov 2013
  7. ^ FilmInk Website. Retrieved 22 Nov 2013
  8. ^ Femail. Retrieved 22 Nov 2013
  9. ^ Inside Film Website. Retrieved 22 Nov 2013
  10. ^ Urban Cinefile. Retrieved 22 Nov 2013
  11. ^ FilmInk Website. Retrieved 22 Nov 2013
  12. ^ Inside Film Website. Retrieved 22 Nov 2013
  13. ^ The Southland Times. Retrieved 22 Nov 2013
  14. ^