The aim of the Hong Kong School Drama Festival (the Festival) is to encourage primary and secondary schools to develop drama as a regular co-curricular activity. By participating in drama training and performance, students can achieve a balanced and whole-person development with enriched learning experiences. The Festival is presented and produced by the Education Bureau, and is organised by the Steering Committee of the Hong Kong School Drama Festival. The activity is partially subsidised by The Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society, Kowloon. It is co-organised by the Hong Kong Art School (a division of Hong Kong Arts Centre). The venues of the Public Performance Phase are sponsored by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The events of the Festival are organised in three phases, including the Training Phase (November to December), the School Performance Phase (February to March) and the Public Performance Phase (May). To facilitate the production of plays in the School Performance Phase, primary and secondary schools will receive a cash grant for each approved entry (English/Cantonese/Putonghua). Primary and secondary schools invited to perform in the Public Performance Phase will be eligible for an additional cash grant for each play.