Sydney Film School is one of the top vocational film schools in the world.
The School was founded almost 20 years ago out of a desire to create a practical filmmaking experience focusing on the skills that are required for a successful career in the global film industry.
This year, Sydney Film School is moving to a purpose built film and acting school in Waterloo in the inner suburbs of Sydney. Close to public transport and the city centre, the new building will allow us to provide start of the art studio and teaching space for our film students.
The school is set up as a working film production house that makes around 180 short films a year. Our students are the filmmakers. It is an intense learning experience but one that results in our graduates leaving us with somewhere between 10 and 20 film credits at the end of their time with us.
We are not about theory. When you graduate, you will have worked “on set” and “in post” in an environment that replicates the real word. You will have made your mistakes, you will have produced work that is truly creative and you will be ready to take on the world.
We only teach filmmaking. We offer two one-year courses: a Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. The Diploma provides you with a working knowledge of all the fundamental disciplines of filmmaking, including storytelling, content creation and teamwork. The Advanced Diploma takes that knowledge and allows you to apply to it to your chosen area of specialization to produce films of greater depth and technique. Combined they give you a unique foundation for your career.
We have close contact with the film industry. All our teachers currently work in the industry as well as teach. They have their finger on the pulse. We invite prominent film personalities to share their career experiences with you and we are well connected with our Alumni (now numbering over 1,000), the majority of whom are following successful screen careers around the world.
By choosing Sydney Film School you will join a community that has diverse roots but is united in a passion for filmmaking.
We invite you to join that community…
Our aim at Sydney Film School is to develop well-rounded people, courageous in their endeavours, curious and open to life’s marvels and compassionate in their dealings with one another and the greater world.
We are bound together in our project through our love of stories, our desire to understand and celebrate their place in the human experiment and the planet we share.
We wish to build a spirit of encouragement and support through a network that extends to an international community of students, graduates, teachers, filmmakers, distributors, festivals, audiences and friends.
COURAGE. CURIOSITY. COMPASSION
We embrace these three core values:
to break the mould
to embrace risk
to reveal something crucial of yourself
to deal with failure and try again
to confront difficult themes/subjects
to laugh at what others find serious (or vice versa)
to shoot for the moon
about the human condition at large
about your fellow man/woman
about the way things work (science?)
about the lessons of the past
about the new models/paths the future offers
about new technology
for your fellow man across the universe
for the person next door
to feel sorrow or pity for the sins/injustices of the world at large
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