Support an SFF Initiative

SFF takes risks, curating films that platform under-represented voices and tackle provocative and important topics. The audience relies on the Festival to deliver films that open eyes to new ideas and diverse perspectives and the Festival in turn relies on philanthropic support to continue to deliver on this purpose. It aims to push back against a trend towards mono-cultural onscreen representation and deliver a festival that reflects the diversity of Sydney’s population and celebrates its differences.


The Festival is striving for 50/50 representation of female and male filmmakers. The Women’s Giving Collective are a group of passionate female donors who are helping SFF to do this through these four key pillars of focus:

  • SFF nurtures women in film through industry events which help women build networks both in Australia and across the world – Europe! Voices of Women in Film networking events, festival industry events, panel discussions on issues facing women in the industry.
  • SFF empowers women in film through seeking out partnerships and opportunities for the festival to support and champion mentoring programs
  • SFF promotes the work of women in film through conscious programming including Europe! Voice of Women in Film, David Stratton’s Ten Trailblazers in 2019, and through public talks.
  • SFF celebrates women in film through exhibitions, dinners, panel discussions and events.


With the help of one of its generous patrons, Vivienne Selwyn, SFF has developed a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP), which provides a framework for the Festival’s ongoing commitment to improving access and inclusion across its program. Private support plays an important role in enabling the Festival to continually assess and improve accessiblity to its program.


43 years ago, SFF Director David Stratton threw some film reels in the back of his car and set off to present the SFF films across regional Australia. Thus emerged the Travelling Film Festival. Now all these years later the TFF still brings features and documentaries to remote areas; facilitating discussion and social cohesion through shared experiences. Individual donations can be made to the TFF specifically to help make it a better for regional audiences. A recent generous donation from SFF Patrons Anthony and Suzanne Maple-Brown is enabling the Festival to ensure special guest attendance at all NSW locations.


Other Sydney Film Festival initiatives that are increasing our reach and range of perspectives include a focus on Indigenous voices through the First Nations Program, drawing attention to critical issues across the globe through International Documentaries, and highlighting voices of filmmakers with disability in Screenability.

Get in Touch

Please contact Georgia Shepherd, the Philanthropy Manager, for more information about how you or your organisation can support an SFF initiative.
Phone: 02 8220 6612

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