Individual Support

Sydney Film Festival introduces generations of filmgoers to the power of cinematic voices and stories from around the world. Films are not just entertainment but help us understand and even change the world. And films resonate more when shared in full cinemas presented by the filmmakers themselves.

Sydney Film Festival is committed to bringing audiences together with not only films, but filmmakers: from Sydneysiders at the State Theatre to first-time short filmmakers at Events George Street Cinemas and right through to the Travelling Film Festival presenting documentaries to school children in Alice Springs.

As a not-for-profit, we exist through support from you – our audience.

Watch this video to hear what inspires our Director’s Cut Patrons to support Sydney Film Festival

Become a Patron

Take a leading role in Sydney Film Festival’s success by becoming a Patron and providing annual support. Your patronage will introduce new and more diverse audiences to the power of film and preserve the Festival for generations to come. To find out more, contact Sydney Film Festival Philanthropy Manager, Georgia Shepherd on or 02 8220 6612. 


We Thank Our Patrons


Director’s Circle $25,000+

Judith Neilson AM


Director’s Circle $15,000–$24,999

Michael and Vivienne Selwyn


Director’s Circle $10,000–$14,999

Andrew Cameron AM and Cathy Cameron, Ian Darling AO and Min Darling, Nick and Sandra Fairfax, The Ivany Foundation, Dr Kathryn Lovric and Dr Roger Allan, Adrian and Charlotte MacKenzie, Nicole McKenna and Chris Freeland, Sam Meers, Zareh Nalbandian l Animal Logic, WeirAnderson Foundation


Director’s Associate $5000–$9,999

Anonymous (1), David and Leith Bruce-Steer, Sally Cousens and John Stuckey, Maria Farmer, Rick Gove, Leonie and David Jackson, Rockend Technology, Emile Sherman and Iain Canning l See-Saw Films, The Sky Foundation 


Director’s Cut $2,500–$4,999

Ash St., Chris and Annerie Bell, Wayne and Julia Borg, Graham Bradley AM and Charlene Bradley, Carole Campbell, Louise Capon, Challis & Company, Jan Chapman AO and Stephen O'Rourke, Robert Coe and Warwick Ross | Third Man Films, Christopher Coffman, Tim Cox AO and Bryony Cox, Darren Dale l Blackfella Films, Ben Ferris and Vida Irani, John Fink l Fink Film, Justice Fullerton, Tim and Akiko Jackson, Lizanne and Julian Knights AO, The Lonergan Family, Prof. Mark and Dawn McGuire, Kate Mills, Keith Rodger | 98 | Fear Of God Films, Peter and Ingrid Shaw, Emile Sherman and Iain Canning l See-Saw Films, Doug and Christopher Snedden, Ezekiel Solomon AM, Felicity Stalley, Caitlin Stanton, Ashley and Aveen Stephenson, Paul Wiegard Family, Will Wilson


Supporting Cast

$1000 - $2,499

Joanne Dan


$500 - $999

Max Berghouse, Im Quah-Smith, Trevor Parkin


$100 - $499

Terence Bell, Roger Dean, Miranda Dear, Susanne De Ferranti, Susan Gabriel, John Gleeson, N.Hall, Angelo Hatsatouris, David Hendler, Ann Mackinolty, Judi Mitchell, Bhawani Murugasu, Carina Rendall, Pamela Rushworth, Pamela Rutledge, Georgia Shepherd, Lucy Sorrentino, R.Sleff, Pamela Sparks, Holly Vale, Jane Wynter


Support Your Festival

Donations big, small and in-between help us introduce generations of filmgoers to the power of cinematic voices and stories from all around the globe. Your donation helps us bring the best in film to our city and support the work of the Sydney Film Festival.

As a not-for-profit, Sydney Film Festival exists through support from you - our audience.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Donate today.


Want to find out more about supporting the Festival?

Please contact the Sydney Film Festival Philanthropy team on:

Georgia Shepherd | Philanthropy Manager

Ph:   +61 2 8220 6612   E: