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Short Courses: What's On in July?

"Bad Asians" | BASP Year 3 Production | Photography by Monique Placko

We’re celebrating another year of stellar cinema from Australia and around the globe at this year’s Sydney Film Festival, and incredibly proud to see 22 films from AFTRS students and alumni as part of the program. As we near the end of the 71st edition of the festival, we wanted to highlight three of our remarkable tutors who have also enjoyed successful screenings and premieres at the festival ahead of their intensives next month!

Writer-director-producer and AFTRS alum, Jayden Rathsam Hüa, celebrated the world premiere of his film Resonance at this year’s festival as part of a one-off live musical event with Australian National Academy of Music’s Rosina Quartet. The talented filmmaker is also a Flickerfest award-winner for his horror short Sushi Noh and co-founder of genre-focused production company, Cosmic Scream.

Learn from Jayden in July’s Filmmaking Intensive, a hands-on and collaborative course on the process of making a scripted short film. Take part in practical exercises and lectures with experienced industry professionals as you learn how to breakdown and rehearse a short script, plan a shoot and work with actors. You can also catch Jayden discussing the screen industry and how to break down barriers in SFF Talk This Industry Is Not For Me.

Anna Howard ACS is also a recognised Sydney Film Festival alum from her work on feature film South Solitary, which opened the 2010 festival and saw Anna nominated for Best Cinematography at the Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, and subsequent documentaries Araatika: Rise Up! (SFF 2021) and Girls Can’t Surf (SFF Summer Series 2021). Anna has worked on numerous film and television productions, and was inducted into the ACS Hall of Fame in 2019.

Learn from Anna in July’s Lighting Intensive, a five-day course that will teach you the basics of lighting in cinematography and how they apply to the visualisation of a story or concept. Suitable for beginners and industry professionals looking to change fields, get hands-on in our state-of-the-art studios and on a location shoot examining artificial and natural light sources, camera filters and basic lighting equipment, and camera techniques to assist lighting.

Gareth Tillson is a familiar face around AFTRS and an established cinematographer in his own right. He was the cinematographer for the feature film LBF which had its Australian premiere at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival, as well as screenings at Revelation Perth International Film Festival and South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Learn from Gareth in July’s Videomaking Intensive, a five-day course at AFTRS where you’ll build the skills to plan, shoot and edit high-quality short videos, working with professional DSLR and video cameras, sound/lighting equipment and editing tools to produce a 2-3 minute unscripted video. Gareth also teaches Mobile Content Creation in person or online which offers further videography skills specific to your smartphone so that you can create content efficiently and confidently.

Dive into our upcoming intensives and short courses and build your career with industry-led training. You don’t need to be in Sydney to take part in all our courses – check out July’s online courses below or explore our entire online range.


Explore all our Short Courses in July:

Mobile Content Creation | 3 Jul & 30 Jul (online or in person)

Storytelling for Business | 3 Jul (online)

Voice Over Fundamentals | 8 Jul & 13 Jul (in person)

Podcasting for your Brand | 9 Jul (online)

Lighting Intensive | 8 Jul (in person)

Camera & Sound Fundamentals | 13 Jul (in person)

Filmmaking Intensive | 15 Jul (in person)

Assistant Directing Fundamentals | 20 Jul (ECU Perth)

Videomaking Intensive | 22 Jul (in person)

Intro to Screenwriting | 22 Jul (online)

Intro to Media Skills | 30 Jul (online)


Looking for something else? Explore all our short courses and AFTRS For Business courses. You can register your interest on each course page and we’ll notify you next time it runs.