Film by the Sea

Film By The Sea

Film by the Sea is an initiative of a small band of dedicated teachers. These teachers firmly believe in the positive, educational benefits gained from teaching film and film studies.

The NSW English syllabus emphasises the importance of understanding and constructing multimodal texts and film making and film studies are an integral part of a student's education in the development of visual literacy. Studying and creating films also encourages problem solving, critical and creative thinking as well as collaboration and cooperation.

Professional learning experiences are now available to schools interested in developing 21st Century skills in film making to support film festivals throughout NSW. The Arts Unit is currently offering a 15 hour registered and accredited course on Teaching Visual Literacy and Film Making through MyPL (RG01164). 
This Professional learning:
• provides a registered and accredited 15 hour course through MyPL
• encompasses visual literacy and digital media as a key component of the NSW English Syllabus
• incorporates film making and addresses syllabus outcomes in english, PDHPE and creative arts
The course comprises
• 5 hours of a face to face workshop held from 4.00 pm - 6:30p m on 2 consecutive days to allow teachers to attend without additional replacement costs
• 10 hours attributed to a teaching and learning program on visual literacy with the creation of a class/student film. 
Enrolment fees are $150.00 per participant
The Arts Unit supports the establishment of local, autonomous film festivals that celebrate student learning as part of a state wide film initiative.
Interest is being sought in regional areas of NSW to hold professional learning workshops and final dates of workshops will be directly negotiated with principals. It is anticipated courses will be held in the following areas 
  Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Hay, Deniliquin, Bathurst, Dubbo, Mudgee
  Tamworth, Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie

If you are interested in participating in this professional learning experience please contact 

For more information about developing a film festival in your local area please see the film by the sea website
film by sea opening

Dates & Times

Series One Premiere (Bankstown)
Friday 27 October 2017 (Week 3, Term 4)
Matinee – 12.30 pm
Premiere – 6.30 pm Red Carpet Walk, 7.00 pm Screening

Series Two Premiere (Sutherland)
Tuesday 24 October 2017 (Week 3,Term 4)
Matinee – 12.30 pm
Premiere – 6.30 pm Red Carpet Walk, 7.00 pm Screening

Series Three Premiere (Bondi)
Wednesday 25 October 2017 (Week 3, Term 4)
Matinee – 12.30 pm
Premiere – 6.30 pm Red Carpet Walk, 7.00 pm Screening

Associated Festival Premiere (Huskisson)
Tuesday 31 October 2017 & Thursday 2 November 2017 (Week 4, Term 4)
7.00 pm Premiere Showcase on both dates
Films are also being premiered in Canada as part of their schools film festival 14 June 2017


Series One - The Theatre, Bankstown Sports Club, 8 Greenfield Parade, Bankstown.
Series Two - Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Eton Street Sutherland.
Series Three - Ritz Cinema, 45 St Pauls St, Randwick
Associated Festival - Huskisson Picture Theatre, Owen St & Sydney Street, Huskisson

How to be involved

Applications are now OPEN

Please click on the links to download the Full Teachers Information Package

This package includes: contacts & addresses, general information & festival guidelines, copyright, feedback, risk management, consent deed, permission to publish, film submission form, student compere application, scholarship submission form and venue risk assessments documents.

Film submissions due Friday 1 September (Week 7, Term 3)

Booking Tickets

Tickets will go on sale Monday 11 September 2017

For tickets please contact TryBooking with the following links:

Bankstown -

Sutherland -

Bondi -

All tickets $15.00

School Participation Fee

This program does not have a participation fee.

Risk Assessment and Procedures

Requirements for the festival: Risk management and security.

Venue specific risk assessments: Bankstown risk assessment, Bankstown emergency evacuation plans, Sutherland risk assessment, Sutherland emergency evacuation plans, Bondi risk assessment, Bondi emergency evacuation plans.