The Director’s Patrons

Becoming a Director’s Patron is a wonderful way to engage more deeply with the Festival through your support. Meet Festival Director Nashen Moodley and his team of dedicated and passionate curators, Australian and international filmmaker guests and fellow cinephiles. From special events outside the Festival to the exciting Launch party in May, and at events during the Festival through to the wrap party, Director’s Patrons enjoy an insider’s VIP experience with priceless advice about what not to miss!

The support received from Director’s Patrons enables the Festival to keep ticket prices accessible for all. It enables the Festival to nurture emerging Australian film talent by providing a supportive and attentive forum in which to share their stories. It gives Australian audiences access to more diverse film styles, ensuring we see and hear the important stories of the year. Their support makes it possible to bring so many international guests to Sydney to inspire, challenge and uplift us.

Director’s Patrons are acknowledged at the following levels:

  • Director’s Lab $1,200 (SFF Young Patron Program)
  • Director’s Cut $2,500
  • Director’s Associate $5,000
  • Director’s Circle $10,000
  • Director’s Circle Champion $25,000

Director’s Lab (SFF Young Patron Program)
$1,200+ support level, includes a tax-deductible component of $1,000

The Director’s Lab brings together young Sydney philanthropists to support Sydney Film Festival’s Short Film Program, celebrating its 50th year in 2019. SFF Short Film Program kick-started the careers of such Australian film industry luminaries as Jane Campion DNZM, Phil Noyce, Gillian Armstrong AM, Warwick Thornton, Kriv Stenders and Chris Noonan. SFF Short Film Program not only provides a prestigious showcase for emerging filmmakers, it also facilitates important industry connections for them to further their careers.

Ambassadors: Mia Wasikowska (Actor, Writer), Damon Herriman (Actor), Mirrah Foulkes (Director, Actor. Winner in 2012: SFF Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Short Film Director), and Nash Edgerton (Director, Producer, Stunt Coordinator, Actor).

Director’s Cut
$2,500+ support level, includes a tax-deductible component of $2,240

Director’s Cut Patrons enjoy a VIP insider’s experience of Sydney Film Festival, with special VIP access to cinemas during the Festival, concierge assistance with ticketing and invitations for two to:

  • Preview of the Program Launch
  • Opening Night Events
  • Private Filmmaker Party
  • Director’s Reception Post-Festival to celebrate with the filmmakers
  • And more…..

Director’s Associate
$5,000+ support level, includes a tax-deductible component of $4,680

Director’s Associate Patrons enjoy all the experiences above plus an invitation for two to the SFF Awards Presentation Ceremony and Closing Night Film.

Director’s Circle
$10,000+ support level, includes a tax-deductible component of $9,680

Director’s Circle Patrons enjoy all the experiences above plus special invitations to Sydney Film Festival dinners with guest filmmakers, both during the Festival and at other times throughout the year.

Director’s Champion
$25,000+ support level, includes a tax-deductible component of $23,880

Director’s Champion Patrons enjoy all the experiences above plus and are entitled to a Champion’s Pass, enabling unlimited entry for two people, to all films across the Festival without the need to book tickets.

Click here for a full list of Sydney Film Festival Patrons.

Become A Director's Patron

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Get In Touch

For any enquiries about The Director’s Patrons, please contact the Philanthropy Manager.

Georgia Shepherd: t +61 2 8220 6612 | m 0409 981 842 | e

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