RMIT: Accessible Film Studies Program coming to RMIT

An award-winning film program for people living with disability will be delivered in partnership with RMIT.

Bus Stop Films has announced that young adults with a disability living in Melbourne can enrol in its award-winning Accessible Film Studies Program from 1 November.

Led by passionate filmmakers and industry experts, the 40-week program gives students the opportunity to visit film production companies, work with professional filmmakers and learn both theoretical and practical approaches.

Professor Lisa French, Dean of the School of Media and Communication, said the partnership with Bus Stop Films would provide a new way for young people to enter the industry and share their stories and ideas.

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with Bus Stop Films, which gives students an incredible opportunity.

“RMIT and the School of Media and Communication are committed to inclusion and innovation, and Bus Stop Films nurtures creatives who might have been left out of the mix due to a lack of training opportunities,” French said.

“To support the best possible outcomes for our screen industry, it is essential that it draws on all the available perspectives and talent—and this program brings that talent into the mix.”

Bus Stop Films has produced close to 50 films that have won more than 80 awards and reached audiences of more than 45 million people worldwide.

The not-for-profit organisation aims to generate genuine work opportunities for those from under-represented groups in the film industry, and advocate for a more inclusive film industry and society at large.

CEO of Bus Stop Films Tracey Corbin-Matchett said she was thrilled the organisation was expanding into Melbourne and joining the dynamic local screen industry.

“We are grateful to have the support of RMIT University to deliver creative opportunities for people living with disability in filmmaking.”

“Bus Stop Films is at the forefront of shaping culture and societal views through the power of storytelling, and through our programs we can support people with living with disabilities to have the platform to tell their stories, their way,” Corbin said.

The program also helps to improve students’ literacy and social engagement, enhancing their employability and confidence. Fees can be paid through a student’s NDIS package. 

Bus Stop Films is offering a free series of taster workshops at RMIT every Saturday from 27 November to 11 December. The two-hour sessions will offer potential students, their families and their carers insights into the learning experience. COVID-safe practices will be in place. 

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