Mark Allen - Chairman

Mark Allen is a senior corporate and commercial lawyer with and a director of the Sydney law firm Bartier Perry.

Mark has significant experience in representing companies commercialising intellectual property and has previously represented film and television producers.

Prior to joining Bartier Perry, Mark was partner of the Sydney law firm Henry Davis York and managing partner of that firm between 1994 and 1998.

Ben Ferris - Artistic Director

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.  Ben has been the Artistic Director of the Sydney Film School since its inception in 2004. He enjoys pushing the medium right to the edge of the frame.

Ben has been Artistic Director of Sydney Film School since its inception in 2004. He enjoys pushing the medium right to the edge of the frame.

Joseph Skrzynski, AO - Board Member

Joseph Skrzynski has been the Chairman of the Australian Film, Television & Radio School (1985 to 1991), during which time the new Film School at Ryde was developed. That followed his term as Chief Executive of the Australian Film Commission (1980 to 1984), during which period the industry saw an enormous expansion in production domestically, and in international recognition of the quality of Australian films. The AFC’s policies and support for indigenous film making, experimental film making and women in films were all boosted during his tenure. Apart from these statutory appointments, Joseph has had Executive Producer level involvement with the funding of My Brilliant Career and Edens Lost for Gillian Armstrong and Neil Armfield, Higtide for Sandra Levy and Gillian Armstrong, amongst other films.

His Arts involvements have also included chairmanship of the Sydney Opera House trust, and directorships of the Sydney Dance Company, Belvoir Street Theatre and the Aboriginal Art & Craft Company. His day job is Managing Director of CHAMP Private Equity Limited.

Mr Skrzynski started his four-year term as Chairman of the SBS Board in 2009. 

John Buckmaster - Admissions and Internal Relations Manager

Dr John Buckmaster has completed the following studies; BA in Fine Art (film), Dip. Ed and Masters in Education and Performance Studies, and a Doctorate in Film and Philosophy; writer/director.

His past film credits include The Kiss (Best Film, Atom Awards), The Heist (selected 1996, Met Fest)Harvest, the feature film Sample People and many others. John was one of the founders of UBS Audio Visual later renamed UBS Film School. He was the course co-ordinator and then director of the school, overseeing Certificate IV accreditation and RTO status. He has taught and devised curriculum in film studies for UBS Film School, the University of Sydney Centre for Continuing Education and the University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture and Design Science (Post Graduate Stream). 

John is one of the founders of the Sydney Film School, a Board member and works as the International Relations Manager. He has worked in training and education for over fifteen years devising vocational programmes, educational video productions and media packages.