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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.'


Lucy Gaffy is an award-winning filmmaker and Masters graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). She has been working in the industry for over seven years across a broad range of productions including short films, documentaries, long-form projects and television commercials. She was 2009 recipient of the European Union Travel Scholarship to travel to the DocPoint Festival in Helsinki to show her Documentary "Century Witness" and in 2010 was nominated for an Australian Directors Guild award and received an AFI nomination for her film The Love Song of Iskra Prufrock which subsequently screened at over 60 International Festivals.

Lucy was a recipient of the 2012 Screen NSW Emerging Filmmakers Fund with which she made her award-winning short The Gift. Lucy received her second Directors Guild nomination for her short film The Fence which subsequently premiered at the prestigious Busan International Film Festival in South Korea. Most recently Lucy was awarded Hot Shots funding through Screen Australia for her proof of concept short Dream Baby which she completed in 2015 and in 2016 was awarded the ADG Attachment on the CJZ Production of the Channel Nine Mini Series BOND. Dream Baby is nominated for Best Short Fiction Film at this years AACTA Awards.

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