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. Contribute to our future and experience the Festival as Festival Director, Nashen Moodley’s special guest as he shares his world of cinema with you. Learn more.


We Thank Our Patrons


Director’s Circle $45,000

Judith Neilson AM


Director’s Circle $15,000

Michael and Vivienne Selwyn


Director’s Circle $10,000

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 $5,000

Anonymous (1)

David and Leith Bruce-Steer

Sally Cousens and John Stuckey

Leonie and David Jackson

Rockend Technology 

Emile Sherman and Iain Canning l See-Saw Films

The Sky Foundation 


Director’s Cut $2,500

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

Rick Gove

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


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 information, contact Sydney Film Festival Philanthropy Manager Georgia Shepherd on or 02 8220 6612. 


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: