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The Art of Inclusive Filmmaking

In a multicultural society, how can we tell stories and develop characters that represent all Australians?

This workshop shows how we can develop authentic, diverse and inclusive characters and storylines through narrative filmmaking and documentary practices and processes.

In this Short, Sharp and Immediately Useful session, we provide advice, tools and techniques specifically tailored to develop nuanced storytelling by/for/with culturally and linguistically diverse people.

This seminar is open to all creatives in the industry who want to understand this crucial element of storytelling for the screen.

The seminar runs 2 pm – 5.30 pm with 2 x 20-minute breaks. If you are unable to attend the session but would like access to the recording afterwards, enrol below and we’ll send out a link after the session. Please note the recording is only available for one week after the session.

Discounts are available for bookings of three or more attendees in the seminar. To get this discount please phone AFTRS on 1300 223 877.

How do cultural norms and practices inform storytelling, and how can we use them for the purpose of creating respectful, responsible and accountable storytelling relationships?


How do you write non-white characters in an ethical, intersectional and culturally sensitive manner?

How do you ethically and respectfully work on projects with communities and individuals that are not your own?

Why go to this seminar?

Whether you work as a creative, funder, producer or development executive, this course has been designed for you to gain an understanding of how to read and write stories and processes which champion diverse/non-white identities with nuance, intersectionality and cultural sensitivity. This course will help you understand the art of authentic and inclusive filmmaking, while also helping you reflect on your own individual projects.

This seminar is part of the Short, Sharp and Immediately Useful series of AFTRS’ professional development seminars. Check out the other seminars in the series here.

Meet the presenters

EO Gill

EO Gill’s professional objective is to help foster diversity, equity, experimentation and risk-taking within the creative arts sector. EO works…

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Gary Paramanathan

Gary Paramanathan works at the intersection of arts, culture and community. Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Australia, Gary…

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What you will need

As this seminar is delivered entirely online via Zoom video you will need to have access to a good internet connection, a computer with a built-in camera and microphone and a quiet space to participate. Headphone are recommended.

Once you are enrolled we will send out instructions for participation and you will receive a link to a pre-seminar survey for any questions.

There may also be some pre-reading and viewing to be done, which we will send you.

To find out about future offerings of this course, register your interest. For more information email info@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877.

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 here.

For more information email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877.