Sydney Film School is pleased to announce that the entries for its annual Robin Anderson Scholarship are now open.
The scholarship covers all tuition fees, materials and equipment (worth $23,000) and enables one talented secondary school student to study filmmaking in the Sydney Film School one-year Diploma of Screen and Media course.
The scholarship is offered in association with the Robin Anderson Film Awards, an annual competitive film festival for secondary school filmmakers. Senior (years 11-12) secondary school students across Australia and New Zealand are invited to submit a short documentary or drama to the Robin Anderson Film Awards for a chance to be shortlisted for a Sydney Film School scholarship.
Sydney Film School's Diploma of Screen and Media Program has been designed to give aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to learn the theoretical and creative processes, and gain an extensive hands-on film production experience that reflects industry practice.
Since 2006, six young filmmakers have been offered the scholarship including Emma Watkins (2008) and Maya Newell (2006) whose films have since gone on to screen at festivals worldwide and gained industry recognition. In 2011 Maya was a winner of the F4 Award for Outstanding New Documentary Talent Award at the Adelaide Film Festival.
"For high school students the scholarship is an amazing opportunity. I was passionate about films as a student and was considering my options. Winning the scholarship made this dream a reality. Studying at Sydney Film School has inspired me, opened me up to the industry and has helped me make a career in filmmaking," says Maya Newell.
To be eligible for the Robin Anderson Scholarship enter your short film (max 8min) produced in 2012 into the Robin Anderson Awards. Deadline for submission is Friday 14th September. The shortlisted filmmakers will be invited to an interview with Sydney Film School staff and the winner will be announced at the gala Robin Anderson Awards Night in November.
For more details visit www.sydneyfilmschool.com/school/scholarships/local
The Sydney Film School is one of the top private film schools globally, renowned for its unique blend of creativity and practical realism.
The Sydney Film School courses combine the teaching of theoretical/creative processes and practical hands-on film production, with the emphasis on practice. It is the only film school in Australia which teaches a 'complete production pathway' that uses and teaches both 16mm film and digital technologies. The classes in both drama and documentary production cover all essential aspects of filmmaking: from Pre-production (research, script writing, pitching, casting, production management, design etc), to Production (crewing, working with actors, lighting, filming, recording etc) and Post-production (editing, music, sound mixing, copyright, distribution etc).
The SFS community is global, with students from 42 different countries attending the school since 2004. More than 140 quality documentaries, dramas and individual thesis films, exploring all manner of cinematic forms are being produced each year, dozens of them participating at prestigious local and international festivals. To date 88 films have screened in 130 prestigious film festivals locally and abroad, winning 38 first prizes.
The Sydney Film School family includes established filmmakers such as Academy Award winner and Industry Patron of Sydney Film School Emile Sherman (The King's Speech), feature filmmaker and School Director Ben Ferris (Penelope), and alumni emerging filmmakers such as Gracie Otto, Maya Newell, and Nathan Lewis.
For further information about Sydney Film School visit: www.sydneyfilmschool.com