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AFTRS Outreach

2022 Documentary Talent Camp

AFTRS Outreach is a not-for-profit team within the First Nations and Outreach division of the Australian Film Television and Radio School. The Outreach team works to support access and pathways for underrepresented film practitioners into and within the industry, through skills development, mentorship, career opportunities and industry support.

AFTRS Outreach is in the exciting position of being self-authored, meaning we are QBIPOC lead, sitting within Indigenous leadership. We are able to design programs and strategies with the support and knowledges we need from our places, to create lasting change within our communities.

We believe in an Australian Film School and Film Industry where all Australians and all stories are able to thrive.

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What we do

As a team, our work centres around First Nations values and pedagogies. Relationality, reciprocity and co-authorship are the foundation for all we do. We work with individual practitioners, community organisations and industry partners nationally to provide arts education, training, mentorship and career opportunities to our community members.

Ways we work with and support our communities include:

Community Organisation Support:

Individual Practitioner Support:

  • Filmmaking Intensives
  • Storytelling Workshops
  • TV Skills Programs
  • Claymation/Animation Workshops
  • Festival and Award Sponsorship
  • Youth Programs (incl Radio, Photography and Storytelling)
  • Youth Teaching Resources (Filmmaking, Documentary, Podcasting, Screenwriting, Storytelling)
  • Community Nights and Networking Events
  • Film Screenings
  • AFTRS Theatre and Classroom Hire
  • Tech Hire/Support
  • Industry Mentorship
  • AFTRS Short Course Scholarships
  • Masterclasses
  • Work Placements and Career Opportunities
  • Letters of Support
  • Skill based Workshops (i.e. Talent Camp)
  • Community Nights and Networking Events
  • Film Screenings
  • Below the Line Support
  • Tech Hire/Support
  • AFTRS Theatre and Classroom Hire
  • Peer Facilitated Connections
  • Industry Facilitated Connections


AFTRS Outreach Annual Report May 2022 – June 2023



The Outreach team comprises two specialists working collaboratively to develop and deliver all that we do.

Marissa Ciampi - Outreach Project Manager

Within her role as Outreach Project Manager at AFTRS, Marissa supports Australia’s diverse and emerging talent through initiatives like Talent Camp...

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Ellen Hodgson - Outreach Community Engagement Manager

Ellen is an Anishinaabe / Apsaalooke filmmaker who grew up on Ngunnawal Country and currently resides on Gadigal Land. She is the Community Outreach ...

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Talent Camp 2019-2022
Talent Camp is a national skills development program for underrepresented film practitioners which provides opportunities for emerging storytellers to create new content and be employment ready for the screen sector. Established in 2017, the Talent Camp Alumni are a cohort of over 300 filmmakers from all across Australia – many of whom are now successful filmmakers who have gone on to win film festivals worldwide, start production companies, design training programs in their home states, become editors of leading cultural publications, write award-winning plays and be celebrated internationally.

Learn more about Talent Camp and its recent participants here.

To discuss a partnership, sponsorship or program and for any other enquiries, email us at FNO@aftrs.edu.au.

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Talent Camp

A skills development program for creatives from diverse backgrounds, designed to provide opportunities for emerging storytellers to create new content and be employment ready for the screen sector.

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Meet the First Nations and Outreach team

The First Nations and Outreach team comprises a small team of specialists working collaboratively to build pathways into AFTRS via outreach, communit...

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Scholarships and Financial Support

To inspire creativity and innovation, we want to work with students from diverse backgrounds. To achieve this, we offer a range of scholarships that recognise excellence and assist with the costs associated with higher education.

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You know your interests and you've set your goals. Chosen carefully, the right course will bridge the two and set you on your way. Whether it's a postgraduate degree, an introductory short course, or something in between, we will help you find your perfect match.

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AFTRS First Nations

AFTRS First Nations supports and identifies pathways for talented First Nations storytellers.

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Stay up to date on all things AFTRS, including scholarship updates, course announcements and work opportunities.

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