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Screenwest and AFTRS announce Production Accounting Accelerator

Screenwest and AFTRS have opened applications for a Production Accounting Accelerator. Applications close Monday, 24 June 2019 at 5:00pm AWST.


Program overview

Screenwest has identified a current industry skills gap in production accounting. To address this skills gap, Screenwest, in partnership with Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), is offering a one-off opportunity for a practitioner to up-skill and accelerate their career by gaining an AFTRS Industry Certificate in Production Accounting.

Run by Managing Director of Money Penny, Jane Corden, this course is designed to fast track people with an accounting or bookkeeping background.

This is a two-step initiative, offering the recipient industry certificate training, followed by a professional attachment on a Screenwest-funded production in the second half of 2019.

The Industry certificate course is delivered over 12 weeks. The funded recipient will learn:

  • How to apply accounting technologies and workflows
  • A strong understanding of the stages of productions and their financial reporting obligations and requirements and
  • The specialised skills required to work as an assistant production accountant.

The aim is to fast track to a career in production accounting or be immediately able to be a production accountant on a low budget production.


Course Dates and Requirements

  • Course dates: 8 July – 30 September 2019

Applicants will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a camera and sound for the evening Zoom video sessions. There is regular online work to be completed between face-to-face sessions. It is recommended allowing at least 8-10 hours per week of study time.

  • Mandatory workshop dates: 13 & 14 July and 3 & 4 August 2019 at AFTRS in Moore Park, Sydney.


Funding available

  • Screenwest will provide up to $2,000 in travel funding for the successful recipient to travel to Sydney over the mandatory workshop dates.
  • The AFTRS Industry certificate in Production Accounting (valued at $4,500), with AFTRS generously providing a free and secured place for the successful recipient.
  • In addition, the Accelerator recipient will be further supported by Screenwest for a paid, fulltime placement on a long form production for up to 23 weeks in the second half of the year.


How to Apply

Please refer to the Screenwest / AFTRS Production Accounting Accelerator page of the Screenwest website for the full information about how to apply and required application materials.

All program guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the Screenwest Terms of Trade.

Applications close Monday, 24 June 2019 at 5:00pm AWST.


Program Contact

To talk to someone about this fund, applicants should contact:

Eva Di Blasio, Talent Development Manager

T: +61 8 6169 2107


Contact Screenwest

T: +61 8 6169 2100

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Posted 06 June 2019

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