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STORYBOX provides a unique opportunity for AFTRS to showcase student films and alumni in public spaces.

“Our partnership with STORYBOX is another great opportunity for AFTRS students and alumni to present their work to audiences. The films we are contributing to this fantastic public art initiative are a snapshot of the incredible creativity diversity of the AFTRS student community.” Con Apostolopoulos, Director of Partnerships & Development at AFTRS 

View a selection of AFTRS short films on STORYBOX below. 

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Symphony of Strangers (AFTRS)

Symphony of Strangers (AFTRS)

Dictatorships kill. But for those damaged survivors who flee persecution, finding their voice in a new land, culture and community can be a monumental personal undertaking. About the film maker: Saba Vasefi (2021) Saba Vasefi is a multi-award-winning journalist, academic, documentary filmmaker and poet. She researched her doctor of philosophy on accented (exilic) feminist cinema studies and graduated in directing Documentary at the Australian Film Television and Radio school (AFTRS) where she created her short film Symphony of Strange Waters. Saba’s filmography includes documentary Don’t Bury My Heart (2010) Beyond the Father’s Shadow (2014), and latest documentary Solace which portrays the inner world of three displaced feminist poets. Her films have been screened at the UN in Geneva, Amnesty International UK, NSW Parliament House, UCLA, Human Rights Film Festival, Copenhagen Film Festival, Exile Films Festival and various universities around the world. Saba also writes for The Guardian on the rhetoric of displacement and narrative of refugees incarcerated in Australia detention regime and is a chief editor of Borderless: Transitional Feminist Poetry Anthology and is an honorary adviser in Indigo Foundation. She is the recipient of NSW Premier's Multicultural Medals in Art and Culture, an Edna Ryan Award for her significant contribution to feminism, Humanitarian Media Award as well as an Honorary Brave Rising Star Award for her courageous writing on the gendered impacts of seeking asylum and The National Council of Women Award for her academic research. New South Wales Parliament House recognised her success in directing the Diaspora Symposium – Social Justice Award and her ongoing contribution to women’s rights and social justice. Saba is an Ambassador for the Asylum Seekers Centre and Ambassador of Refugee Council of Australia for Refugee Week.
Storybox Art of Doodling (AFTRS)

Storybox Art of Doodling (AFTRS)

Is doodling an art form? In The Art of Doodling, young artists explain why doodling is an important part of their art and their lives and debate whether it qualifies as art. Animations bring the artists’ work to life and we watch them doodle as they try to untangle this unexpectedly complex question. Film maker bio Kylie Aoibheann McDonnell Kylie is just your average asexual, transgender, lesbian filmmaker telling the raw, intimate stories you want to see. As a writer-director, she pairs her gritty and immersive, yet highly-personal style of filmmaking, with a passion for collaborating with diverse individuals and communities. After graduating from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), Kylie co-founded the independent production company Inner Pictures with producer Oliver Ellis. Her non-fiction work includes Farewell Happy Fields: an intimate, unconventional portrait of anorexia and depression featuring award-winning author Fiona Wright, which has screened across numerous international festivals. Most recently, she made See for Yourself, a psychological thriller in collaboration with the d/Deaf community, and features a breakthrough performance from Deaf and non-binary actress Bronek Lemów. The short premiered at MonsterFest and Image+Nation, and is currently streaming on ABC iView. Kylie is in pre-production of the queer romantic drama ASEXY, which was a finalist at Queer Screen's pitch-off and recently raised over $5.5k in crowdfunding. A full member (emerging) of the Australian Director's Guild (ADG), Kylie is also in development of her first feature film, DEADNAME: a transgender ghost story.
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