AFTRS Staff Represents the school at the Screen Forever SPA Conference

Nov 17 2016

AFTRS CEO Neil Peplow, Head of Indigenous Unit, Kyas Sherriff and Story & Writing Leader at AFTRS, Steve Vidler, all represented the school at the Screen Forever conference on 15-17 NOV.

Neil Peplow introduced the “The Next Big Things: Pathways to a more diverse industry” panel that launched the diversity research paper, commissioned by AFTRS. Industry leaders came together to address the diversity problem amongst Australian screen practitioners.

Kyas Sherriff spoke on the “Home Turths: Indigenous representation & The Media’s Role Around National Identity” panel. Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia is complex and diverse. Home Truths highlighted and opened the discussion on how the Media can continue to play an important role in championing cultural and creative change.

Steve Vidler represented AFTRS on the “What’s the Secret Sauce?” panel. Media platforms are multiplying. The barriers between audience and content are eroding. To cut through and reach our audience, we need to better understand who that audience is, what they want, and what content they are responding to. This panel explored how global market leaders like Netflix and AMC/Sundance are using audience engagement research to give themselves a competitive advantage.


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.