The Six Week Film School

Australian Film Television and Radio School

Program Description

The Six Week Film School

Australian Film Television and Radio School

Thirty days of our biggest and most intensive filmmaking course.

This course features all the elements of our Three Week Film School, PLUS practical screenwriting and documentary studies, with an expanded shoot and longer post production.

Are you looking to fast track your filmmaking skills, hone your screenwriting and get an opportunity to use professional equipment and studios?

Are you looking to collaborate with other emerging filmmakers & writers and add to your portfolio?

AFTRS Open’s all new, The Six Week Film School is your chance to immerse yourself in all areas of film studies and filmmaking, with a full week of short film screenwriting and including a week on producing & directing documentary.

Led by AFI and ADG Award nominee Lucy Gaffy, The Six Week Film School will feature classroom study along with practical exercises and screenings, culminating in completing a short film - with professional actors - in the AFTRS studios, all for you to take home.

Featuring award winning, industry professional tutors and tips from The Six Week Film School Executive Producer (to be announced), you’ll have plenty of guidance along the way.

Over thirty intense days, you will learn:

  • Film history and theory plus the craft areas in film production and how they work together
  • Producing & screenwriting theory: where ideas come from and storytelling essentials
  • Practical screenwriting: writing, delivering and pitching a finished short film script
  • Directing: including working with professional actors and communicating a vision with your team
  • Documentary: the unique challenges of producing and directing factual projects, including the art of the interview
  • Cinematography: including more film aesthetics - and the lighting and production design teams
  • Pre-production, shoot and post-production

Your friends and family are welcome to the AFTRS theatre for the last day's 'graduation' screening of selected assignments and the final class film.

This course has been designed for new & emerging filmmakers who are looking to take the next step. Places are limited!

About the tutor:

Lucy Gaffy is an award-winning filmmaker and graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Lucy has been working in the industry for over seven years across a broad range of productions including short films, documentaries, long-form projects and television commercials. She was the 2009 recipient of the European Union Travel Scholarship to attend DocPoint Festival in Helsinki to show her Documentary Century Witness. In 2010 she was nominated for an Australian Directors Guild award and received an AFI nomination for her film The Love Song of Iskra Prufrock while in 2012 she was the recipient of the Kenneth B Myer Award for Exceptional New Talent.

Lucy was a recipient of the 2011 Screen NSW Emerging Filmmakers Fund for her short film The Gift and has recently been invited to submit her feature film project 364 to the Sundance Institute for consideration for their annual Screenwriters workshop.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Thirty weekdays, Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm (some slightly earlier or later hours may occur)

Cost & Fees

Special 20% Extra Early Bird Discount - all Summer School courses are eligible for this discount if booked before 1 October 2015. The prices on the screen above are the full price followed by this Extra Early Bird price which expires on 1 October.

Regular 10% Early Bird 10% Discount - this discount applies to all Summer School courses after 1 October 2015 and is valid up to 28 days from start of the course.

Additional 5% Multi Course Discount - this discount is available if you book two or more courses at the same time before 1 November 2015 - so if you book into two or more courses prior to October 1 you could get a 25% discount! To receive this discount call 1300 065 281.

Last updated January 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Jan. 2017
6 weeks
Full time
6,900 AUD
Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Sydney, New South Wales
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 6 weeks
Price 6,900 AUD