AFTRS Partners with Western Sydney's Information and Cultural Exchange

Jul 1 2016

AFTRS partnered once again with I.C.E. (Western Sydney’s Information and Cultural Exchange) to deliver the second of two new workshops with budding young filmmakers of Western Sydney.

I.C.E. and AFTRS presented a two-day intensive workshop in Parramatta on ‘Story Plotting for TV drama/comedy series’.  Eight emerging screenwriters from Western Sydney, who are currently developing scripts for TV drama/comedy series or web-series, were selected to get expert support and guidance to take their work to the next stage. The workshop was facilitated by one of Australian TV’s most experienced screenwriters and story producers, Sarah Walker (Winners & Losers, A Place to Call Home, Home & Away, Wonderland).

"As a girl who grew up in Western Sydney, I was really delighted to be invited to engage with students in this program and offer them help in taking their ideas to the next stage. I think it's an excellent initiative and hope it will produce a new generation of skilled, diverse voices in our industry," Sarah said.

 A one-day cinematography workshop was also held recently at AFTRS state-of-the-art studios for eight young female year 9 students from Auburn Girls High. Facilitated by award-winning cinematographer and AFTRS lecturer Erika Addis, students were given invaluable skills in front and behind the camera to further develop their filmmaking talents.

AFTRS CEO Neil Peplow said: “It’s exciting to see the array of ideas and the great depth of talent that is being displayed at these workshops. Both AFTRS and I.C.E. are committed to helping young Australians from diverse backgrounds hone their filmmaking skills via these industry focused training initiatives.”

ICE Executive Director John Kirkman said: “ I.C.E. is thrilled to be working in partnership with AFTRS. Importantly, this partnership is proof positive of AFTRS ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for the development of screen stories and storytellers from Western Sydney through projects such as the I.C.E. Screen Cultures Program. Best of all, the kids love working at and with AFTRS".     

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