Inspired by the rise and rise of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling, the Australian Film Television and Radio School has collaborated with some of Australia’s most prolific and experienced filmmakers to offer insights into the process of consultation, protocols and collaborative practices. This trailer offers a glimpse of the final work, which will be launched by the AFTRS Indigenous Unit in 2017.  

“As shared storytellers of this land, Australia, we have a responsibility to ensure best practice and authentic collaboration occurs between Indigenous and non-Indigenous filmmakers.” – Kyas Sherriff, Head of Indigenous AFTRS

Who is this for?

Australian storytellers who want to make a film with Indigenous characters, direct a documentary focusing on the Indigenous community, or write a script with Indigenous material needs to be familiar with these principles and incorporate these practices.

With special thanks to Rolf De Heer, Sarah Stollman, Catriona McKenzie, Ryan Griffen, Richard McGrath and Rolland Gallois for their generous contributions.

Further reading: Screen Australia's Pathways & Protocols: A Filmmaker's Guide to working with Indigenous people, culture and concepts


The Australian Film Television and Radio School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.