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PLACES overview

PLACES is a new strategy to offer long term participants of our Accessible Film Studies Program, professional filmmaking, leadership, advocacy, creative, employment and social and community connection opportunities.

Our alumni are going PLACES

  • Professional filmmaking
  • Leadership
  • Advocacy opportunities
  • Creativity and artistic outlets
  • Employment pathways
  • Social and community connections


What will the Pilot Program cover? 

This is a pilot program that has been designed by Industry Professionals alongside long standing Bus Stop Films students to explore three targeted areas within the industry:

  1. Directing
  2. Screenwriting
  3. Camera and Lighting

The pilot program can take up to 5 students per stream (15 in total) and together they will create one short film in July 2024.

The pilot program will be an opportunity to learn from established industry professionals and hone in on key skills in specific areas.

When is the program delivered? 

The program will be delivered on Thursday evenings at Shopfront Art Cooperative, 86-88 Carlton Parade, Carlton NSW 2218 from 5:30pm-8:30pm. All programs will be delivered in person. Program starts Thursday 11th April and will be a 20 week program.


 Your Tutors

Craig Boreham – Writer/Director

Craig Boreham is an award-winning writer and director based in Sydney, Australia. Boreham’s films have screened at over 200 international festivals: including the Berlin International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Cannes, Palm Springs, Frameline and Outfest. He has received numerous awards and nominations including the Berlinale Teddy Award for his short film Transient and four nominations for the prestigious Iris Prize in Wales. Other awards include Best Film at My Queer Career (Drowning, Ostia La Notte Finale), Mardi Gras Film Festival, The City of Melbourne Best Short Film Award, Melbourne Queer Film Festival and National Film Sound Archive Orlando Award among others. In 2008 a retrospective of Craig’s work, Cinema of True Poison was presented by Fundacion Triangulo in Madrid.

Craig’s debut feature film Teenage Kicks premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in 2016 to critical acclaim. The Guardian, named Boreham as “a strong new voice in Australian Queer cinema”, and the film was runner up in the Sydney Film Festival Audience Awards. Teenage Kicks was nominated for Best Direction in a feature film at the Australian Directors Guild Awards, and for Best Feature at the Iris Prize Festival, where lead actor Miles Szanto won Best Male Performer. Other nominations include Best Original Score at the AACTA Awards. Craig made MTV’s list of hot Australian ‘filmmakers to watch’ and Teenage Kicks was billed as one not to be missed by Empire Magazine. A graduate of the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

Cordielia Beresford- Director of Photography (DOP)

Cordelia Beresford is a filmmaker who has won numerous awards as a director and cinematographer. Born in the UK and based mainly in Sydney, she did an undergraduate degree at Cambridge in Philosophy and History of Art, where her thesis on the Swedish cinematographer Sven Nykvist sparked a desire to become a filmmaker of some sort. She worked for a few years in London as a researcher and director on visual art programmes before moving to Sydney where she trained in camera and lighting for an MA Hons at the Australian Film, TV and Radio School. She left with the main awards for her graduation film Restoration. Next came the short thriller Look, made for Film Four’s “Jump Cuts” series for new directors. After working primarily as a Director of Photography on Australian film ABD Television, she returned to writing and directing with the psychological-horror short The Eye Inside, which won the prestigious Dendy Award for Best Short Film at the 2006 Sydney Film Festival and was screened on national television.

She was DOP on the theatrical feature Pao’s Story that was the Vietnamese Academy Awards entry for 2006 and has photographed numerous other drama and television work. In 2007 she directed a film for ABC Australia with Sydney Dance Company choreographed by Narelle Benjamin, a contemporary dancer she has a strong collaboration with. Cordelia has twice won Best Film in the Australian National Dance Awards and has lectured in dance filmmaking at the University of New South Wales. She is currently developing a new video work based on an indigenous woman’s ghost, and is dabbling with various feature scripts.

Fatima Mawas- Screenwriter

A fresh and daring filmmaker born and raised in Sydney’s Western suburb of Lakemba.

Fatima’s films take on the themes of identity, racism, war, sexuality, religion and spirituality. Graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts and Australian Film Television and Radio School, she was selected for Screen Australia’s Developing the Developers 2017 program and has just written and directed a short film, commissioned by SBS and Film Victoria, titled Amar.

Fatima wants to tell challenging, entertaining and thought-provoking stories reflective of true Australian culture featuring Muslim protagonists.

Eligibility for the Program


  • You must live in Sydney
  • Currently enrolled in the 2024 Accessible Film Studies Program
  • Have completed a minimum of 4 years with Bus Stop Films Accessible Film Studies Program or be a current Bus Stop Employment Member with at least 4 film credits or having studied at TAFE or similar institution. 
  • Be prepared to participate in  post program evaluation – e.g. survey and focus group

How do I apply?

Please use the form below to submit your application. Applications close Friday 5 April, 2024. 

Please note that as part of the application process a short interview process will be held as spots are limited. Please ensure that you attend your interview. 

All successful applicants will be notified by 8 April 2024, with classes commencing 11 April 2024.

Please note there is NO COST to attend the PLACES pilot program if you are selected. However you must continue your enrolment and fees payment for the regular Accessible Film Studies Program.

As the pilot is funded by the Department of Social Serivices (DSS) participants will be required to provide non-identified data as part of the project evaluation.

PLACES Pilot Program Application Form

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