We acknowledge Australia’s First Nations People as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, and pay respect to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, upon whose Country SFF are based.
We honour the storytelling and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.

Women’s Giving Collective

Supporting SFF to nurture, empower, promote and celebrate women working across the screen sector

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Promoting gender equity in the screen sector

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 sectorThe 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, and through public talks.
  • SFF celebrates women in film through exhibitions, dinners, panel discussions and events.

Donation information

Women’s Giving Collective Patrons make a $3,000 annual donation which helps the Festival to champion new initiatives and host panel discussions, exhibitions and filmmaker networking events.

In appreciation of their support, Women’s Giving Collective Patrons enjoy a VIP experience of Sydney Film Festival, with an exclusive preview of the Program Launch, special access to cinemas during the Festival, invitations to filmmaker parties and a dedicated concierge service to book priority tickets for all Festival screenings and special events. Outside of the Festival, they receive invitations to special events with a focus on building networks and profiling female and non-binary filmmaking talent.

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Thank you to our Women’s Giving Collective Patrons

Nicole Kidman AC – Ambassador, 2023-2024

Cate Aarons, Kirsty Albert, Hayley Baillie, Wendy Beckett, Deborah Bell, Michele Brooks, Iolanda Capodanno and Juergen Krufczyk, Marilyn Di Bella, Francesca Duncan, Debra Eckersley, Mandy Foley, Cheryl Hayman, Sally Herman, Anita Jacoby AM, Terry Kaljo, Blainey North, Nicole O’Donohue, Lucy Randall, Ruth Ritchie Family Fund

Get in touch

For enquiries about the Director’s Patrons program, please contact Head of Philanthropy, Eden Tollis.

Email: eden.tollis@sff.org.au

Phone: (02) 8220 6612

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