International Screen Academy


Sydney Film School is one of the top film schools in the world.

The School was founded 13 years ago out of a desire to create a practical filmmaking experience focusing on the skills that are required for a successful career in the global film industry. 

Now located alongside International Screen Academy in Waterloo we are situated in a purpose built facility with world-class equipment available to our students. In addition, a ready supply of emerging screen actors at our filmmakers’ disposal will certainly strengthen casting outcomes. Our model is one that encourages your creative expression and gives you real filmmaking experience.

The school is set up as a working film production house that makes more than 100 films every year. Our students are the filmmakers. It is an intense learning experience but one that results in our graduates leaving us with somewhere up to 20 film credits at the end of their time with us.

When you graduate, you will have worked “on set” and “in post” in an environment that replicates the real world.  You will have made your mistakes, you will have produced work that is truly creative and you will be ready to take on the world.

We only teach filmmaking. We offer two one-year courses: a Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media. The Diploma provides you with a working knowledge of all the fundamental disciplines of filmmaking, including storytelling, content creation and teamwork. The Advanced Diploma takes that knowledge and allows you to apply to it to your chosen area of specialisation to produce films of greater depth and technique.

Combined they give you a unique foundation for your career.

We have close contact with the film industry. All our teacherscurrently work in the industry as well as teach.  They have their finger on the pulse. We invite prominent film personalities to share their career experiences with you and we are well connected with our Alumni (now numbering over 1,000), the majority of whom are following successful screen careers around the world.

By choosing Sydney Film School you will join a community that has diverse roots but is united in a passion for filmmaking.

We invite you to join that community…


At Sydney Film School we pride ourselves on providing filmmaking courses of the highest calibre. We produce graduates who are industry ready, have real film credits and are able to access our network of teaching staff, alumni and industry partners to secure work in the film and screen industries.

At Sydney Film School we promise

  • State-of-the-art studio facilities at our new home in Waterloo.
  • Unrivalled production opportunities – our students make around 100 short films each year
  • Your own production budgets included in the course fee
  • An opportunity to build up to 20 credits over two years
  • Access to a pool of acting students through our partner school International Screen Academy
  • An environment that replicates the ‘real world’ and not an institution
  • An 85% industry employment rate for our AD graduates

Landing a job in the film industry is not just about your qualification; it is about the practical level of experience that you have.  Employers look for production experience and at SFS, you will get more production experience in one year than any other comparable course in Australia.  The Industry knows this and respects the ability of our graduates.  You can check out for yourself by what they have to say below.

Think carefully about the film course you choose.  If you’d like to find out more about a career in film at Sydney Film School, book a tour or contact us today.


Panavision Australia has employed a number of graduates of Sydney Film School's, Screen and Media Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs and also other graduate level employees. These graduates proved themselves to be an asset to our business at an early stage in a way that reflected on them favourably compared to other junior applicants. In my professional opinion, Sydney Film School graduates can be relied upon to be deployed in film and TV productions with professional level competence in screen production, directing, cinematography, sound and editing.”

Paul Jackson (Managing Director) Panavision Asia Pacific