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We are excited to announce a new Scholarship with Virgin Australia.

The $20,000 annual scholarship will be on offer for the next three years beginning with the 2018 academic year intake. The scholarship will assist one student a year with course fees and living expenses, and is open to applicants outside of NSW to encourage talent from all corners of the country to apply. Virgin Australia will also support the successful applicant with a return flight to Sydney and back home.

Virgin Australia first partnered with AFTRS last year to launch a dedicated channel for short films on their In-Flight Entertainment program. The channel presents several programs throughout the year from some of Australia’s brightest young filmmakers as well as early work from AFTRS alumni greats such as Phillip Noyce, Jane Campion, Warwick Thornton and Gillian Armstrong. Recently the airline screened a special NAIDOC program which featured a selection of early work from Indigenous alumni including Ivan Sen (Goldstone, Mystery Road) and Catriona McKenzie (Satellite Boy, Redfern Now).

Virgin Australia General Manager In-flight Experience, Tash Tobias said: “We are excited to be partnering with the AFTRS to foster new talent and develop future Indigenous film makers. Virgin Australia is proud to support the local communities that we work in and it’s inspiring to see the wonderful work of AFTRS students recognised as part of our on-board In-Flight Entertainment.”

AFTRS CEO, Neil Peplow, said: “This new scholarship is an exciting expansion of the School’s important partnership with Virgin Australia. I am particularly delighted that the scholarship is to be offered to a recipient from outside NSW as AFTRS is committed to providing opportunities for content creators from across all of Australia to study at the national screen and broadcast school.”

AFTRS was recently named as one of the top film schools in the world by industry bible The Hollywood Reporter for the fourth consecutive time. The School is committed to giving a voice to a new generation of Australian storytellers by providing the highest quality education, training and research.