Film and Television Institute

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Film and Television Institute
Fremantle Boys School with car.jpg
Facade of FTI's old building in Fremantle
Formation 1971 (44 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, formerly the Fremantle Boys School, is a heritage listed building in Fremantle, Western Australia. The name is the result of its association with long term tenant FTI(WA) a Screen Resource centre aimed at promoting the screen sector, including film, television, games and interactive. FTI(WA) vacated the buildings along with other tenants in Pricess May Reserve to enable much needed restoration work of the buildings.


The heritage-listed old Fremantle Boys School completed was in 1855.[1][2] The building on Adelaide Street 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.[3] It was given permanent listing on the State register as part of the Princess May Reserve in 2001.[4]


FTI administers many of the major funding grants available for short film and documentary production in Western Australia. Before relocating to State Library of Western Australia in Perth during May 2014, FTI occuped the heritage-listed building. 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.

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.[5] [6]


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

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