After 14 years at the helm, Ben Ferris, Founder and Director of Sydney Film School today announces his departure from the institution to pursue freelance directing opportunities in Europe. Sydney Film School will continue to operate under the management of The International Screen Academy who have purchased the business from Ferris.
In announcing his departure Ferris said “While I will miss my time with my students, it’s time for me to expand on my creative pursuits and work towards my own filmmaking aspirations in a more concerted way.”
Over the 14 year history of the school and much of Ferris’ tenure, SFS has produced graduates working in more than 45 countries worldwide, and established exchange programs into prestigious film schools in New York, Paris, Madrid and Moscow. He leaves a legacy cementing SFS as the most successful and reputable non-Government film schools in Australia.
Known for its extraordinary hit-rate, SFS has produced successful Australian alumni such as Gracie Otto (The Last Impresario), Maya Newell (Gayby Baby), Katharine Thornton (Sharmill Films), Kate Hickey (Roller Dreams), Lisa Camillo (Balentes) and filmmaker and performer Emma Watkins (The Wiggles).
After the critical success of his recent feature film 57 Lawson, as well as the selection of his current feature film In(di)visible (filmed in Paris in 2017) for the Eurimages Lab Project Award program at this year’s prestigious Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Ferris has seen a number of creative opportunities in Europe open up to him.
“The departure of Ben Ferris is a significant chapter for Sydney Film School, but the opportunities for Ben are truly exciting and we look forward to a long relationship with him and potential developments in Europe. We wish Ben all the very best and grateful for the exemplary quality and passion he has brought to his role.” said Executive Chairman of International Screen Academy, Simon Hunter.
That’s a wrap.