Our Festivals

The highlight for the school each semester is the Sydney Film School Festival. This is the time we get to celebrate the completion of that semester’s productions and the graduation of our Diploma and Advanced Diploma students.

The next Film Festival will be our 27th and will take place over two days in December 2017. Once again the Festival will be held at the Chauvel Cinema in Paddington. 



The SFS Festival is a great opportunity for past and present students, current and future filmmakers, film loving general public, media and industry leaders to all come together in their shared love of filmmaking.

Experienced industry professionals invited to SFS Film Festivals include: renowned Australian directors Gillian Armstrong, Ray Lawrence, Bruce Beresford, Phillip Noyce, George Miller, Bob Connolly, Philip Hearnshaw, Tom Zubrycki, Gretel Killeen, Wayne Blair, Paul Cox and John Duigan, actors Barry Otto and Matthew Newton, and the former Prime Minister of Australia, Paul Keating, known for his active support of the Arts in Australia.

As part of the closing night proceedings, SFS are always proud to invite a Keynote Speaker to address the audience. The speaker is chosen equally for their ability to inspire passion and for their insight into the realities of Australian film culture. Stay tuned for the announcement of the Keynote Speaker for the 27th film festival.

In addition to screening SFS’ own student films, each semester one short film produced by an overseas film school is presented as part of our International Perspectives program. Seventeen short films from fifteen international film schools have been screened to date. Countries presented so far are: Denmark, China, Croatia, Singapore, Japan, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Greece, Poland, Germany, Iran, Korea, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, Portugal and Colombia.



Since 2009 we have conducted the SFS Alumni Pitch Competition to assist emerging filmmakers gather momentum in a competitive industry and to encourage innovation.

We hope you will join us at the 27th SFS Film Festival where we are proud to showcase films by our amazing students!