AFTRS scholarship

Writing a TV Series Scholarship

Applications close May 19 - click through for the guidelines and application form

Would you like to learn the fundamentals of creating viable and original TV drama and comedy series concepts in a ten-week 100% online course?  AFTRS (Australian Film and Television Radio School) and Wide Angle Tasmania are offering a scholarship to one Tasmanian member to attend this course.  You will be guided through the process of concept creation – from idea inception to concept presentation.

The scholarship includes the course fee (valued at $1,188).

Am I eligible?
This opportunity is only available to current financial WAT members.  Email us or call 6223 8344 to check your membership status before applying (and yes it’s perfectly fine to renew your membership to become eligible!)

Who will this course suit?
Do you have a great idea for a TV series? You should begin this course with the germ of an idea for a TV drama or comedy series – one that has not yet been developed into a concept or script, to work on during the course as an ongoing exercise.

You will not have completed scripts by the end of this course – the focus is on learning how to develop an idea that has a strong story engine, and characters that can keep a series alive and engaging. You will have the tools to develop other ideas after the course.

You don’t need to be an experienced writer to benefit from this course, but you do need to have a passion for storytelling and watching a lot of Television.

I’m interested – what do I do now?  

  • Check out the course description online here – if you have questions about the course itself, please contact AFTRS
  • To discuss the scholarship application and the activities/materials that the successful scholarship recipient would need to agree to, contact Wide Angle Tasmania on 6223 8344 or 0478 150 206 or via email 
  • submit a completed application form by May 19, 2021 to [email protected] along with a brief bio (no more than 150 words) and a CV.

How will you decide who receives the scholarship?
Wide Angle Tasmania’s Executive Director will make a decision based on the applications that are received.  All applicants will be notified with 7 days of the closing date of the outcome.

Click here to download an Application Form (.docx)


Previous Scholarship recipients

Script Assessment Workshop

In July 2019 Briony Kidd was awarded a scholarship to attend a Script Assessment Workshop in Sydney.  Briony grew up in Tasmania and is a graduate of VCA School of Film & TV in Melbourne. Her best-known short Gothic melodrama,The Room at the Top of the Stairs, screen to acclaim on AMC’s Shudder platform. Her short thriller Watch Me will soon be released as part of an anthology feature from Megan Riakos’s Cedar & Hemlock, in association with Enzo Tedeschi of Deadhouse. Her feature screenplay,the ‘psychobiddy’ thriller The Motel at the End of the World, is currently in development supported by Screen Australia and Screen Tasmania. Most recently, Briony directed three music videos for the artist Costume. Briony is also a theatre-maker, freelance writer and reviewer, curator and script editor.  After completing the course Briony reflected:

“I am grateful to Wide Angle Tasmania for providing this fantastic opportunity! To spend the weekend learning from one of the country's top development executives was of huge benefit at this stage and will enable to me proceed with confidence as a script editor, as well as to seek work as a script assessor. The insights imparted were valuable to my own processes as a screenwriter as well. I found that Chris's approach was very clear, open and collegial. I particularly appreciated his sensitivity to the needs and intent of the writer, as central to a successful development process.”
Briony Kidd, July 2019

Legal Essentials Workshop

In 2020 Wide Angle was pleased to continue it’s partnership with Australian Film, Television and Radio School to provide scholarships for Tasmanians to travel to Sydney and attend industry short courses – with the additional support of Screen Tasmania’s Industry Development Program.  In March 2020 Martine Delaney was selected to attend a Legal Essentials workshop in Sydney. 

David Whealy has the most amazing mind. Over the two days of the AFTRS Legals Essentials short course, I was constantly blown away by his encyclopaedic knowledge of the legal and financial minefields of film production. Coupled with his relaxed and confident delivery style, it made for a course I’d heartily recommend to any emerging producer who wanted to gain the legal and financial knowledge and skills to deliver a completed screen story - without ending up in a legal mess and broke, perhaps even making some money.”
Martine Delaney, March 2020

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