Getting Started

Getting Started

Getting Started: Film, TV, online and interactive (PDF)
July 2015
Information for newcomers and industry professionals looking to develop their skills or make content in Australia and includes:

  • I want to be a filmmaker/content creator
  • I have an idea
  • I need a team
  • I’m ready to make a project in Australia
  • History of film in Australia
  • Complete list of resources

Script Tools

Story Documents - Drama (PDF)
September 2015
A guide to writing synopses, treatments, scriptments and outlines for drama

What is a Synopsis? Outline? Treatment? (PDF)
September 2013
A guide to writing synopses, treatments, scriptments and outlines for documentary

Development Plans & Producer's Statement (PDF)
July 2015
A guide to preparing script development notes on a project from the writer, director and script editor as well as the producer. Essential for applicants for Screen Australia Story Development funding, but also a useful read for anyone wishing to communicate progress on their project at development stage.

National Directories

Encore Directory
A comprehensive directory of producers, directors, personnel, companies, facilities and organisations in the film, television and digital media industries.

The Production Book
A contact and information provider for personnel, facilities and services in the Australian film, TV, advertising and digital media industries. Now available on iPad.

The Black Book Directory
An Indigenous media directory, The Black Book covers film, television, literature, arts and music.


AFTRS OPEN, the short course program of the Australian Film Television and Radio School, offers a broad range of short courses for people just starting out in the industry as well as more experienced practitioners wanting to enhance their skills. Courses take place at AFTRS in Sydney and across the country. .

Check out all short courses at AFTRS.

See Also