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 our eyes to new ideas and diverse perspectives. 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.

Donations from individuals help the Festival play an active role in effecting change, improving access and creating opportunities for people to work with SFF. If you’d like to support an SFF initiative or if you’d like to speak to someone in our Development Team to find out more, please get in touch via the contact details at the bottom of this page.

supported by Andrew Cameron AM and Cathy Cameron

Andrew and Cathy Cameron are committed to helping passionate young arts workers develop their skills to further their careers and to help build sustainable arts organisations. Their generous gift to Sydney Film Festival provides support for a full-time position in the Festival’s Development Team, where the recipient will learn the business of building a strong and resilient arts sector through philanthropy and sponsorship and help to grow a secure financial base for SFF.

supported by the Women’s Giving Collective

Sydney Film Festival is determined to use its formidable and respected platform to help support and promote female filmmakers in order to reach 50/50 representation of female and male filmmakers in the screen sector. The Women’s Giving Collective provides funds to underpin SFF’s four key pillars of focus to make this happen:

  • 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.

Women’s Giving Collective donors make a $3,000 annual donation which helps the Festival to champion new initiatives and host panel discussions, exhibitions and filmmaker networking events. It also supports the Europe! Women In Film filmmaker attendance at each Festival. If you’d like to know more, please get in touch using the contact details below.

supported by Anthony and Suzanne Maple-Brown

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. If you’d like to support the Travelling Film Festival, you can make a donation to directly support the Festival which tours to 23 regional locations across NSW, QLD and NT.

A recent generous gift from Anthony and Suzanne Maple-Brown will enable the Festival to ensure special guest attendance at all NSW locations in 2020. The festival is seeking similar gifts to secure the same benefit for regional audiences in Qld and NT.

supported by Vivienne Selwyn

Through Vivienne’s generous support, 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. Ongoing support from Vivienne enables the Festival to continually improve accessiblity across the organisation and its program.


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. If you’d like to support one of these initiatives, please get in touch with the Development Team.

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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