The Australian Film Television and Radio School has been actively campaigning behind the scenes to develop scholarships at least since 2016, as a means of increasing diversity. There are now six scholarships specifically available to AFTRS students, while more can come from untied outside organisations.
The latest is the $10,000 Atlas Shorts Screen Excellence Scholarship, which will be given to one student starting the undergraduate BA program in 2022, to assist with living expenses. The recipient will be chosen by a panel comprising Atlas Shorts CEO Karim Ford Sarhan and AFTRS staff.
According to the release,
Atlas Shorts is a fast-growing technology company that aggregates and delivers the world’s best short films and digital media to libraries and classrooms worldwide to assist students, educators and patrons achieve learning outcomes and reach their full creative potential. Founded in 2017, Atlas Shorts is on a mission to give greater access to independent content and visual media, prevent IP wastage and help pave a path towards sustainability, assisting filmmakers and visual artists to make a viable living.
It is basically a way of getting shorts into educational institutions and libraries. Originator Karim Ford Sarhan is an Australian actor who started Atlas Shorts at the beginning of 2017.
Sarhan said: ‘The Atlas Shorts Screen Excellence Scholarship seeks to nurture outstanding, emerging creative voices who might not otherwise have adequate support to persist with their dreams as aspiring visual storytellers.’
To learn more about the service, you will need to contact the company. He presented on Startmate earlier this year, so this is the beginning of his journey.
Applicants ‘from all walks of life’ are encouraged to apply. Applications for the scholarship are open until Monday, October 25. More information on how to apply here.