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Are you looking to fast track your filmmaking skills and get an opportunity to use professional equipment and studios? Are you looking to collaborate with other emerging filmmakers and add to your portfolio? AFTRS Open’s Three Week Film School is your chance to immerse yourself in all areas of film studies and filmmaking.

The Three Week Film School will feature classroom study along with practical exercises and screenings, culminating in completing a short film - with professional actors - in the AFTRS studios, all for you to take home.

Featuring award winning, industry professionals as guests, you’ll have plenty of guidance along the way.

Over fifteen intense days, you will learn:

  • Film history and theory plus the craft areas in film production and how they work together

  • Producing & screenwriting - where ideas come from and storytelling essentials

  • Directing - including working with actors and communicating a vision with your team

  • Cinematography - including more film aesthetics - plus the lighting and production design teams

  • Pre-production, shoot and post-production

Your friends and family are welcome to the AFTRS main theatre for the last day's screening of selected assignments and the final class film.

This course has been designed for new & emerging filmmakers who are looking to take the next step. Places are limited!

Feedback from previous students:

'The experience was fantastic, particularly shooting the short film. Also enjoyed getting to edit our own version.'

'Awesome! All resources have been excellent and the industry professionals we have had masterclasses with have been so generous and inspiring. I really feel so privileged and excited about my first step into filmmaking. This is great!'

'The course gave me a great understanding of major areas of filmmaking like directing and cinematography.'


Warwick Young completed his Master of Screen Arts - Directing at AFTRS in 2013, during which he wrote and directed the short film Stuffed, which won the 2013 European Union Film Award was nominated for a 2014 Australian Directors Guild Award. Stuffed has also been selected for official competition in many international film festivals including the 2014 UK Film Festival where it won Best Student Film; the 2014 Sydney Film Festival, where it competed in the Dendy Award for Best Australian Short film; the 59th Valladolid International Film Festival, where it was nominated for Best Foreign Short Film; the 2015 Flickerfest International Film Festival; the 2015 Byron Bay International Film Festival; the 2015 39th Cleveland International Film Festival; the 2015 Down Under Berlin Film Festival for which Warwick won the New Talent Award; the Cinéma des Antipodes program at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival; was runner up for the Nicolas Baudin Prize for Best Short Film at the Recontres Internationales du Cinéma des Antipodes program in the 2015 Saint-Tropez Film Festival; the 2016 New Filmmakers LA festival; and most recently won Best Foreign Film at the 2016 Beverly Hills Film Festival.

In 2012 Warwick wrote and directed the short films Reconciliation and Refuge. Reconciliation was a finalist in the 2014 Peninsula Short Film Festival. He is the originating producer and script editor of the feature film Last Man which will be directed by co-writer, co-producer and acclaimed filmmaker Fred Schepisi.

Warwick started his creative life as an actor in theatre, film and television in both Australian and International productions. Before studying acting at the University of Southern Queensland, Warwick completed a Bachelor of Applied Science at Queensland Institute of Technology. and also served as an officer in the Australian Army and saw active service in Iraq in 2006. His eclectic background gives a unique perspective to his story telling.

10% Early Bird Discount is valid up to 28 days from start of the course.

A payment plan is available for this course.


Have any questions? Please get in touch: or 1300 065 281

***DISCLAIMER*** AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If a participant wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee. For more information on AFTRS Open's policies, including refund policies, please see our policies page.


The Australian Film Television Radio and 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.