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The Australian Film Television and Radio School is having a deadly open day, and if you don't live in Sydney, you can live stream it.
Emily Nicol

9 Aug 2017 - 4:40 PM  UPDATED 9 Aug 2017 - 4:40 PM

WIth graduates reading like a who's who in Indigenous storytelling brilliance, the Australian Film Television and Radio School has a reputation as one of the leaders in developing creatives through a variety of mediums, providing hugely successful outcomes for graduates in the entertainment industry.

The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) Open Day 2017 is a great opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to start or progress a career in the film, TV and radio industries.

Offering courses including the Bachelor of Arts Screen, Diplomas, Radio Courses, Graduate Certificates and Masters programs, prospective students will have a chance to go behind the scenes at AFTRS' state-of-the-art facilities, chat to tutors and graduates. 

Open day go-ers will also get tips on submit a stand-out application, and find out about Indigenous scholarships and fee help.

“If Koori students want to come to AFTRS, our Open Day is a great chance for them to chat to current students and staff to see what we have to offer,”says Kyas Sherriff, Head of AFTRS Indigenous Unit.

We want talented Indigenous creatives and storytellers to apply for each of the different levels of study that suits them so they leave here workplace and industry ready.

“AFTRS has amazing resources: state-of-the-art film, TV and radio studios plus tutors who are experts in their field. We want talented Indigenous creatives and storytellers to apply for each of the different levels of study that suits them so they leave here work-place and industry ready.” 

“For the interstate Mob, we’ll be live-streaming all day from the AFTRS website or Facebook page so you can still take a look.”

A panel of highly regarded AFTRS alumni - including an Indigenous filmmaker - will talk about their experiences at AFTRS and the pathway their studies afforded them into the industry. There will also be a showcase of screen and radio projects by AFTRS students. 

With a reputation as one of the top film schools in the world, AFTRS graduates are highly sought after, many having gone on to create award-winning productions. Indigenous AFTRS graduates includeWarwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah, We Don't Need A Map), Rachel Perkins (Redfern Now, Bran Nue Dae), Ivan Sen (Mystery Road, Goldstone) Catriona McKenzie (Satellite Boy) and Cornel Ozies (Kriol Kitchen).

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“AFTRS has fantastic networks in the film, television and radio industry which can support individual pathways and help towards getting work once you graduate,” says Ms Sherriff.

Indigenous student, Rebekah Hatfield is currently studying the Graduate Certificate in Documentary and is finding the school to be a perfect choice for her career aspirations.

"I've really enjoyed studying at AFTRS. Everyone is so passionate about what they do. I had really different expectations about what studying here would be like but I've been pleasantly surprised by how warm and friendly all of the staff and students are.

"I studied a Bachelor of Media for my undergraduate degree and so I came to AFTRS hoping to improve my technical filmmaking skills. What I've gotten out of this course is so much more than that: I real understanding of the influence of film, how powerful it can be for sharing stories and provoking thought.

"It's also great having the Indigenous department. They go the extra mile to help us students feel comfortable and supported."


Head to AFTRS on Saturday 12 August between 10am and 3.00pm and find out how you can study at one of the leading film, TV and radio schools in Australia. 

Visit the AFTRS Website and Facebook for the live stream or if you have any questions, send an email to, indigenous@aftrs.edu.au

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