Film and Television Institute

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Film and Television Institute
Fremantle Boys School with car.jpg
facade of the old school
Formation 1971 (43 years ago)
Coordinates 32°03′03″S 115°44′57″E / 32.050837°S 115.749266°E / -32.050837; 115.749266

The Film and Television Institute WA (FTI) is a Screen Resource center located in Fremantle, Western Australia aimed at increasing the vibrancy of the screen sector, including film, television, games and interactive. The institute occupies the heritage-listed old Fremantle Boys School completed in 1855. It is the WA member of Screen Development Australia (SDA), along with other members Metro Screen (NSW), Open Channel (Vic), QPIX(Qld), Media Resource Centre (SA), and Wide Angle Tasmania (Tas).

FTI is a non-profit, membership based organisation providing members with low-cost equipment and facilities hire, production assistance and script consultation, as well as regular production grants for low budget filmmakers. The institute houses an 121-seat Cinema used for member screenings, as well as regular screenings of independent films.

In 2014, FTI officially moved into the games and interactive space, hiring Kate Raynes-Goldie as its first Director of Interactive Programs, the first of its kind for a non-governmental Australian screen resource association.[1] [2]


The Film and Television occupies the heritage-listed old Fremantle Boys School completed in 1855.[3][4] The building was designed by William Sanford in the Victorian Tudor Style constructed using convict labour the walls are limestone the roof has Dutch gables with shingle covering. Additions were carried out in 1910 by the Public Works Department. The building was placed on the Register of National Estates in March 1972, was given an interim listing on the State register in 1992.[5] It was given permanent listing on the State register as part of the Princess May Reserve in 2001.[6]

Funding grants[edit]

FTI administers many of the major funding grants available for short film and documentary production in Western Australia.


50/50 provides up to 50% off the price of equipment and facilities at FTI, up to a total of a $2000.00 discount.[7] It is available only to FTI members.

Raw Nerve[edit]

While being administered by FTI, the Raw Nerve scheme is an initiative of Screen Development Australia (SDA) in conjunction with Screen Australia.[8] It provides $5,000 worth of in-kind assistance (equipment and facilities rental) plus a $2,000 cash budget. This grant is available to all WA filmmakers, regardless of FTI membership. Recent films include:

Year Title Producer
2010 "Beware Drop Bears” Casper Zielono and Cameron Thompson
2010 "Innocent Andy" Neale Crawford
2010 "Play Lunch" Cassandra Nguyen and Tamara Small
2009 "I will NOT be Outbid" Tasha Stephenson and Mel Judkins
2009 "Trash Out" Phillip Walker and Oriellie Tylor
2009 "The Washing line" Penny Bedford and Megan Riley
2009 "Cashed Up Bogans” Jules Duncan
2009 "Crows Feet" Megan Palinkas
2008 "Strings" Mark Alderson and Crystal McCallum
2008 "Shatter" Gary Sewell and Vanessa Demaine
2008 "Contact" Rowan Crosby and Christina Yiannakis
2008 "The Nappy Tree" Christine Sistrunk
2008 "Victims" Julia Ngeow and Gregg Johnson


OOMPF stands for "One Off Members Production Fund". Similarly to Raw Nerve, it provides a $5,000 in-kind budget, but also $5,000 cash, up from Raw Nerve's $2,000.[9] As the name suggests, you must be a paid-up member of FTI to apply for the grant, and you can only receive it once.


Link provides up to $30,000 cash, provided by ScreenWest, for WA filmmakers to create either a documentary, drama or animation project.[10] The concept behind the grant is that it provides the 'link' for early career filmmakers to move up to professional standards.


Hyperlink is the next step up from Link, providing up to $70,000 for the creation of a film of 15 minutes or less duration.[11] Filmmakers are only eligible to apply for Hyperlink if they have already completed a Link funded or equivalently funded film


  1. ^ . Retrieved 27 March 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Crispen, Shanna (17 February 2014). "Film institute to support gamers". Business News. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  3. ^ McKinnon, Alec G (1966), Fremantle Boys' School, 1854-1955, retrieved 20 November 2012 
  4. ^ "Interim Entry". Register of Heritage Places. Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Film and Television Institute". State Register. State Heritage Office. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Princess May Reserve". State Register. Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
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