On the back of a successful string of taster workshops spanning August to November, Bus Stop Films has opened enrolments for its Accessible Film Studies Program for 2020 in partnership with Screen Canberra.
The industry standard filmmaking course tailored to intellectually disabled students provides learning opportunities through theoretical and practical experiences, with many enjoying professional work opportunities while creating award-winning films.
The program will be taught by acclaimed local filmmaker Dan Sangueti, offering students exclusive opportunities to go on excursions and work with industry mentors.
Screen Canberra CEO Monica Penders says everyone involved was very pleased with the response to the preview workshops.
“The response to the free taster workshops has shown how programs like this are much needed here in Canberra. It’s a welcome addition to our local film community.”
Filmmaker and tutor Dan Sanguineti tells Canberra Weekly he’s very excited to share his passion for filmmaking with his students.
“With the experience I’ve had with my workshops for school children that I’ve done for a number of years, tutoring at the universities and CIT, it seemed like the right fit to have me come on and be a part of this.”
A stalwart of Canberra’s filmmaking industry, Sanguineti says he wants to help facilitate opportunities for emerging filmmakers in as many ways possible.
“I noticed there wasn’t enough experiences available for younger people, I didn’t have it … I was literally given a camera.
“I want to help fill that void that existed, and there’s always a lot of work to do.
“So hearing what Bus Stop is here to offer to a part of the community that hasn’t seen that there are opportunities for them, this is a program that will give them a very clear chance to be a part of something I do every single day,” he says.
Alongside the vocational training students receive, the Accessible Film Studies Program also nurtures a sense of connection and community amongst students and their families.
In addition to learning film studies, student outcomes include other transformational skills – social, work ready, learning to take direction, turn up on time – that are applicable in other aspects of life.
Bus Stop Films co-founder, Genevieve Clay-Smith, tells Canberra Weekly a key part of the program’s aims is to help people transition into employment.
“Certainly through our Sydney program we’ve been able to help facilitate employment opportunities in the film industry for people who study through us.
“Some of our students have also been able to get jobs in other fields … there’s an amazing outcome for our program where it holistically benefits people.”
As part of its upcoming Canberra program, Bus Stop Films will offer its first Indigenous Student Scholarship.
Bus Stop Films CEO Tracey Corbin-Matchett says it’s an excellent way to kick off a program focused on inclusion and diversity through filmmaking.
The weekly three-hour classes will be held at Screen Canberra on Saturday mornings over a 40-week program starting February 2020 with a maximum of 15 students.
Students will be able to use their NDIS funds to pay course fees.
For more information, visit bustopfilms.com.au
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