Australian Film, Television and Radio School
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|Type||Screen and broadcast school|
|Film, television and radio|
|Undergraduates||Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production|
|Postgraduates||Master of Arts Screen, Master of Arts Screen: Business and Leadership, Graduate Diploma in Radio|
|Campus||The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park|
The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) is Australia's national screen arts and broadcast school. The school is an Australian Commonwealth government statutory authority. It is a member of Arts8, the Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence.
AFTRS is the nation’s premier screen arts and broadcast school – the only Australian education institution to consistently make The Hollywood Reporter‘s prestigious annual list of the top film schools in the world.
Established in 1972 with the name of "Australian Film and Television School" as part of the Commonwealth Government's strategy to promote the development of Australia's cultural activity, AFTRS was opened to students in 1973 with the first intake of 12 students including directors Gillian Armstrong, Phillip Noyce and Chris Noonan.
In 1975 Gough Whitlam helped to create funding agencies to support the film school.
Academy Award success
- 'Inja' (2000) Directed by Steve Pasvolsky. Produced by Joanne Weatherstone.
- 'Birthday Boy' (2003) Directed by Sejong Park. Produced by Andrew Gregory
- 'The Saviour' Directed by Peter Templeman. Produced by Stuart Parkyn
- 'Emily' Student Academy Award (2010) Directed by Ben Mathews. Produced by Simon Moore
Six AFTRS Alumni winners of Academy Awards®
- Jane Campion: Best Original Screenplay,'The Piano'
- Andrew Lesnie: Best Achievement in Cinematography,'The Lord of the Rings'
- Dion Beebe: Best Achievement in Cinematography,'Memoirs of a Geisha'
- Margaret Sixel: Best Film Editing, 'Mad Max: Fury Road'
- David White: Best Sound Editing, 'Mad Max: Fury Road'
- Peter Grace: Best Sound Mixing, 'Hacksaw Ridge'
Five AFTRS alumni nominated for Academy Awards®
- Dion Beebe: Best Achievement in Cinematography,'Chicago'
- Jane Campion: Best Director, 'The Piano'
- Chris Noonan: Best Director, 'Babe'
- Pip Karmel Best Editing, 'Shine'
- Tony McNamara: Best Original Screenplay, 'The Favourite'
For many years AFTRS was located in purpose-built premises at North Ryde, Sydney. In 2008 the school relocated to a purpose-built facility adjacent to Fox Studios, located inside the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park Sydney.
AFTRS is the only screen and broadcast school in the world to cater for all of the specialisations under the one roof. The campus includes: a Full size 5.1 sound theatre (seats 126), state-of-the-art mix theatre, two large professional film and television studios, film studios, state-of-the-art sound recording studios, ten sound editing suites, four screen music composition suites, offline and online editing suites, Video-post department that provides broadcast quality dubbing, HD Avid Adrenaline online editing, Scenarist DVD authoring, web streaming and multicam production services, computer labs, tech store, props store & costume support, Grip trucks with Movietech Arco dolly and accessories, Stand-by Props truck, production design construction workshop, three on-air digital radio broadcasting studios. 
Also located on campus is The Jerzy Toeplitz Library, which boasts an extensive and unique collection of items both on-premises and online. On-site, the library holds over 44,000 items, including over 17,000 DVDs, Blu-rays and VHS tapes, 20,000 books and e-books, 3,000 film and television scripts and screenplays, and every AFTRS student film ever made. Online, there are over 75,000 streaming videos.
Courses and admission
Admission into AFTRS degree courses is competitive and based on merit selection. Places are limited. Current offerings include:
- Master of Arts Screen in 10 disciplines (full-time)
- Master of Arts Screen: Business and Leadership (full-time)
- Graduate Diploma in Radio (full-time or part-time)
- Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production (full-time)
- CEO: Nell Greenwood
- Director of School Resources: Bernadette Walker
- Director of Finance and Technology: Shomal Parekh
- Director of Curriculum and Student Registrar: A/g, David Balfour
- Director of Engagement: Christina Alvarez
- Director of Marketing: Kirsten Downie
- Director of People and Performance: Louise Hope
- Head of Indigenous: Vacant
Heads of Department: Krista Jordan, Head of Animation; Kim Batterham, Head of Cinematography; Rowan Woods, Head of Directing; Rich Welch, Head of Documentary; Roland Gallois, Head of Editing; Cameron Patrick, Head of Music; Peter Herbert, Head of Producing; Igor Nay, Head of Production Design; Matthew Campora, Head of Screen Studies; Pieter Aquilia, Head of Screenwriting; Steve Murphy: Head of Sound; Fyona Smith, Head of Radio; Lyn Norfor, A/g Head of Producing & Production
Senior Screen Lecturers: Simeon Bryan, Alicia Gleeson, Cody Jarrett, Pearl Tan, Caroline Grose, Gerard Reed, Gerald Mair, Mark Ward, Natalie Beak
Radio Lecturers: Tony Rasmussen, Jess Campanaro, Dani Torresan
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (August 2020)
- Gillian Armstrong
- Alex Proyas
- Jane Campion
- Phillip Noyce
- Rolf de Heer
- Rowan Woods
- Daniel Krige
- Mario Andreacchio
- Michael James Rowland
- Ivan Sen
- Rachel Perkins
- Warwick Thornton
- Chris Noonan
- Cate Shortland
- Kriv Stenders
- Jocelyn Moorhouse
- Billy Marshall Stoneking
- Tony McNamara
- Jacqueline Perske
- Justin Davis
- Michael Pontin
- Jonathan Ogilvie
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