started out as a production assistant for features and commercials in Amsterdam. In 1994, he founded the international boutique sales agency SND Films, which sells award winning international short films, TV-movies and (feature) documentaries. Sydney was on the Dutch Film Fund shorts commission from 2001 to 2010, and on the board of directors of the International Short Film Festival Go Short! in Nijmegen until 2011, and continues to be on the advisory board. He has been on various shorts juries in Berlin, Dresden, Sundance, Palm Springs, the Tel Aviv International Student Festival, Rio Short Film Fest etc.