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Starts Wednesday 8th March 2017


Learn to make movies at Sydney's Favourite Film School

Every great film director started his or her career making short films. And now, you can too! This course, conducted by the Sydney Short Film School, will help you gain a broad understanding of all the technical and performance aspects of making a short movie.

You will be learning all the secrets for success from a Tropfest-winning tutor at the National Headquarters of the Australian Cinematographers Society in North Sydney - the best venue for any movie-making course in Sydney!

In the course, we cut to the chase and teach you exactly the things you need to know in a fast, concise and hands-on practical manner.

You will use the school’s professional DSLR camera and sound equipment to make a short film with the other students in the class.

All students get the chance to try their hand at writing, directing, acting, filming, sound recording and editing

Some of the biggest and best film festivals in the world, like Tropfest, celebrate the art form that is short film, and now YOU can get to make a film worthy of the festival circuit!

If you would like to stay informed of future events, courses, then register your interest here.

At the Sydney Short Film School, we believe we have the best value film-making class in Australia. You can easily spend three to five times more elsewhere and still not learn as much

Sydney's Favourite Film School

Make a movie

In our course, you WILL complete a movie and participate in every step of the movie's production.

Save Money

Our course is simply the best value film course in the whole of Australia. Bar none.

Save Time

Our course takes just 22 hours over five weeks and you'll STILL learn everything you need to start making films.

Make Friends

Many of our students have met like-minded friends on our course and gone on to make movies together.

Course Schedule

Session 1 - ScreenwritingWednesday 8th March 21076:30pm to 9:00pm
Session 2 - Script and DirectingWednesday 15th March 20176:30pm to 9:00pm
Session 3 - Cinematography, Lighting and SoundWednesday 22nd March 20176:30pm to 9:00pm
Session 4 - The SHOOT!Saturday 25th March 201710:00am to 5:00pm
Session 5 - EditingWednesday 29th March 20176:30pm to 9:00pm
Session 6 - Review and Wrap UpWednesday 5th April 20176:30pm to 9:00pm

Learn to Make a Short Film from Script to Screen.Get over 20 hours of quality, expert tuition in the art of making short films.

All equipment and learning materials provided. Bring a notepad and pen, or a laptop/tablet if preferred. All students receive a certificate at the end of the course.


“I recently completed Ian’s course where I learned about the entire end-to-end process of making movies including sound recording, filming techniques, editing and what makes a good script. “Show don’t tell” is his mantra.

If you have an interest in what goes on behind the scenes, then I would highly recommend Ian’s movie course.”

 “Ian is an excellent teacher, extremely knowlegable, passionate and experienced in the field of film making. I was able to progress quickly, gaining the knowledge, experience and confidence to produce my first short film not long after finishing the course.

I recommend this course for anyone who wants to pick up the basics of film making.”

“Just thought I would keep in touch and let you know that I am about to finish off my Masters in Media Arts and Production at UTS. After doing your course I decided to take the big leap and follow my passion. I have since bought my own camera and just finished filming a Tropfest film called Spaghetti Bolognaise, so if you ever want to work on a project together I am open to possibilities."

“The course was really a lot of fun, especially the short movie we shot. For anyone looking to do short films it really helps by giving you a good grounding. It helped me with my Tropfest entry! No success yet, but at least no big mistakes while making my short movies! Thanks Ian!”

“The course is really good, I thought it was really well done!

You'll learn everything you were promised to learn and you'll have all the skills you'll need to make a short film after doing this course. ”

“If you really want to learn about film-making, this is the school you need to go to!

You'll learn everything you need to know on a practical basis. It was wonderful!”

Our courses always sell out fast, so be be sure to 



The Sydney Short Film School runs one course every three months, with no more than eight students per course. 

Is film-making for you? This is an inexpensive way to find out! Many of our students have gone on to do media degrees after doing our course, and many more have gone on to make great short films, documentaries and more!

We announce our courses about one month before they commence, and they usually sell out very quickly. The best thing to do is complete our Contact form and we will notify you the moment the next course is announced.

A pen and paper for taking notes. You may also bring a tablet or laptop computer. There is no need to bring a camera or any other equipment - everything is provided.

If you are already in Sydney Australia with a valid visa and would like to enrol, you can. However, we cannot assist those without visas or provide advice on obtaining one.