Diff School

Hone your skills or get a taste for the craft from our visiting guests and professional mentors. This year’s program aims to inspire creativity while tackling financial anxiety in film-making.

22ndSaturday

CDU Waterfront

Screenwriting workshop 1: Writing/story structure

WITH PHIL DENSON

10am–1pm $25 | $18

Have a great movie idea and want to turn it into a screenplay? Already started a screenplay and got stuck? In a fun and lively session, local screenwriter Phil Denson will guide you through the fundamentals of story structure to build your skills and understanding of screenwriting.

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Working with low budgets: restrictions and creativity

WITH ALENA LODKINA

1.30pm–3pm $15 | $10

Australian’s rising talent Alena Lodkina broke out on the international stage this year. Here she will share her experience
of working with the support of world class mentors and dealing with low-budget restrictions.

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A Producer’s insight into the art and commerce of filmmaking

WITH RITA WALSH

3.15pm–4.45pm $15 | $10

From short drama to feature-length creative documentary, Producer Rita Walsh’s career has taken her through the whole spectrum of the film industry and given her the opportunity to work with some of her favourite directors, writers and creatives. Rita will share her experience with the audience in this session peppered with cautionary tales, inspiring anecdotes, and other can’t-make-that-stuff-up material.

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23rdSunday

CDU Waterfront

Screenwriting workshop 2: Breaking in... from the outside

WITH PHIL DENSON

10am–12pm $25 | $18

From breaking your story to breaking into the industry, this workshop is all about constructing stories that sell. We will cover logline construction, pitching, concept choice, budget, genre and more. Includes a Q&A so bring your hardhitting questions.

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Boundless creativity

WITH KAMILA ANDINI

1pm–2.30pm $15 | $10

At only 32 years old, Kamila Andini is already an accomplished award-winning director. Here she will take you on a journey into her creative process; between cultural influences and a joyful practice of artistic freedom. Get inspired before being moved by her latest production on DIFF’s closing night.

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Cinematography workshop

WITH SIMON MANZIE

2.45pm–4.45pm $15 | $10

In this workshop for all levels, you will learn to use professional equipment to simply convey an artistic intention. Lights, lenses, composition, focus, movement… discover the extent of shooting possibilities before you even consider post-production and VFX.

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