Sophia Bender is an Australian dance filmmaker, employed by The Australian Ballet.


Leaving Tasmania at the age of 16, Sophia moved to Sydney to pursue her passion for dance,  studying full-time Ballet for two years at the McDonald College. She then studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) for three years where she completed an Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance). While studying at WAAPA, Sophia endured many injuries, this is where she discovered her passion for dance filmmaking, using this medium as a creative outlet.

Having completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) in 2017, Sophia began working with The Australian Ballet as their Content Coordinator.


Alongside working with the Australian Ballet, Sophia is a freelance filmmaker specialising in videography and photography for dance schools and other events.

 “Being hugely passionate in this niche area of filmmaking, I would love to see it expand in Australia.”

The Australian Ballet 
Content Coordinator 

The Victorian College of the Arts

The University of Melbourne-

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film and Television)  (2015-2017)


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

Edith Cowen University

Advanced Diploma of Dance (Elite Performance) – (2012-2014)

The McDonald College 

(Australian International Ballet Academy- full time) (2010-2011)

St Michael's Collegiate School

(School of Performing Arts) TAS – Year 9 – Year 10 (2008-2009)

Photo Credits - Kate Longley 

Film Festivals and Awards 



Australian Dance Awards 2018

Short List - Outstanding Achievement in Dance on Film or New Media


St Kilda Film Festival

Official Selection - 2018 

Nomination - Best Achievement in Editing

What's the Score Panel 


St Kilda Film Festival - Regional Tour  2018


Byron Bay Film Festival

 Official Selection - 2018

Nomination - Young Australian Film Maker of the Year 

Nomination - Best Experimental Film


Manchester Film Festival  

Official Selection 2019 


Oklahoma Dance Film Festival 

Official Selection 2019 

ATOM Awards - 2018

Finalist - Best Tertiary Experimental Film 



Vancouver Island Short Film Festival - Official Selection- 2018 

Best Overall Performance - Tizana Saunders 

Best Original Score - Tomas Parrish


Utah Dance Film Festival -

Official Selection - 2018 

Finalist - 

Best Director - Sophia Bender 

Best Ensemble Performance - 3rd Place 



Paris Arts and Movie Awards -

Nomination - Best Actress - Tizana Saunders 

Nomination - Best Director of Photography - David McRobbie Park 

Nomination - Best Editor - Sophia Bender 



ADF's Movies By Movers 

Official Selection - 2018 


Light Moves

Official Selection - 2018 






North Hollywood CineFest -

Official Selection - 2018

Nomination - Best Student Film 



Newport Beach Film Festival 

Official Selection - 2018 



Newcastle Film Festival 

Official Selection - 2018 



Student World Awards - 2018

Nomination - Best Overall Film 

Nomination- Best Director - Sophia Bender



VCA Graduate Film and TV Awards 


Winner - Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography- David McRobbie Park 


Nomination - Outstanding Achievement in Editing - Sophia Bender 


Nomination- Best Overall Production 2017






Newport Beach Film Festival 

Official Selection 2017 



North Hollywood CineFest

Official Selection  2017 

Nomination - Best Student Film 

Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 

Official Selection - 2018

Award of Recognition-

Cinematography - David McRobbie Park 

Lead Actress - Sophia Bender 

Experimental Film 

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