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Screen Business Essentials: Online

Screen Business Essentials is a two-day online intensive, presented in partnership with Screen Producers Australia (SPA), which covers the essentials of setting up and running a screen business. The workshop covers the commercial framework in which producers must operate, including issues commonly encountered when building a creative business from the ground up.

The main course convenor is Michelle Hardy, SPA Industry Programs Consultant. Industry speakers to be announced soon.

Screen Business Essentials will also feature a fun, fast-paced and high energy, digital speed networking event in which participants are randomly matched for a 5-minute meet and greet, giving attendees the opportunity to network with their fellow screen professionals.


This course is delivered 100% online. There will be four Zoom video sessions each day with 30-minute morning and afternoon tea breaks, and a one-hour lunch break.

This course is presented by Screen Producers Australia and AFTRS and is proudly supported by Media Super.


Learn about legal structures for businesses and productions, tax incentives and compliance and financial management of a production including managing cashflow and business planning

Get up-to-date on copyright and chain of title, distribution and licensing agreements, employment law, cast and crew agreements, fringes and insurance

Access new insights into rights negotiation, film and television industry sources of finance and the latest market research

Is the Screen Business Essentials: Online right for you?

If you are already involved in production, and looking to get serious in terms of your business growth and project development, this course will be an invaluable two days with access to range of industry experts. The Screen Business Essentials program is vital for startups while also serving as a refresher for established businesses and producers.


For other courses covering screen business and producing see Production Accounting FundamentalsIntro to Producing, and Budgeting Fundamentals.

Meet Your Tutors

Michelle Hardy

SPA, Industry Programs Consultant Michelle has produced award-winning screen content across multiple formats and genres for over two decades. Michelle…

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What you will need

The course is delivered online through our Online Learning Environment (Moodle) and using Zoom video conferencing.

You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a camera, sound and a reliable internet connection for the evening Zoom video sessions.

When enrolments close you will be sent all relevant instructions to access Moodle & Zoom sessions.

Register your interest to stay up-to-date on future offerings, application or enrolment dates, and more information on this course.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: 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 you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee 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.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds.

For more Information email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or phone 1300 223 877.