Getting Started

Getting Started coverGetting Started in Film, TV & Interactive Digital Media (PDF)
April 2015
A guide to training courses, attachments and finding work in the film, television and interactive digital media industries.

I've Got a Great Idea for a FilmI've Got a Great Idea for a Film (PDF)
April 2015
What to do if you have a great idea for a film or have written a script and don't know what to do next.

Script Tools

Suggested Script Layout (PDF)
July 2008
A guide to writing scripts in the accepted industry format.

What is a Synopsis? An Outline? A Treatment? (PDF)
Sept 2013
A short and simple explanation of synopses, outlines and treatments for drama and documentary.

Notes on Notes (PDF)
July 2014
A guide to preparing script development notes on a project from the writer, as well as creative statements from the producer and director. Essential for applicants for Screen Australia feature development funding, but also a useful read for anyone wishing to communicate progress on their project at development stage.

Making your film

Information for FilmmakersInformation for Filmmakers (PDF)
Sept 2008
A guide to organisations and information sources for film and television production in Australia, including information on government assistance to production, co-production agreements, locations, taxation, immigration requirements and industrial awards.

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.

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