Ben Ferris is one of the founders of Sydney Film School, where he is currently the Artistic Director and a writing/directing teacher of the Advanced Diploma Thesis program.
Ferris, a film writer/director, has screened films and won numerous awards in Paris, New York, Croatia, Italy, Tokyo, Singapore and Amsterdam, as well as having theatrical releases of his works in Tokyo, Croatia, and Australia. Ben’s first feature film Penelope, an Australia-Croatia co-production, had a worldwide release in 2011 to critical acclaim. He is currently in production on his second feature film as writer/director, 57 Lawson, and in development on the feature film The Rites of Autumn.
Ben is a researcher with the Australasian Classical Reception Studies Network, and is undertaking a part-time PhD by Research at the University of Sydney in the field of Classical Reception, exploring the figure of Orpheus in the films of French Poet-Cineaste Jean Cocteau.
He has been the Artistic Director of the Sydney Film School since its inception in 2004 and enjoys pushing the medium right to the edge of the frame.