Northern Rivers filmmaker accepted into top film school

YOUNG Northern Rivers filmmaker China White may well be on her way to winning an Academy Award for directing after being accepted into the country's most prestigious film school.

The Sydney-based Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) was the learning ground for academy award winning cinematographers Andrew Lesnie (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) and Dion Beebe (Memoirs of a Geisha) as well as Jane Campion, who received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (The Piano).

Ms White, who made headlines a couple of years ago after she and friend Claudia Smith started their own fashion label while still at high school, said she first got interested in film through high school assignments in her senior years.

To enrol in AFTRS Bachelor of Arts (Screen) Ms White had to jump through a series of hoops such as submitting an essay, film review, short story and portfolio.

She said her course encompassed "everything to do with television and film" including writing, directing, producing, cinematography, design, effects, animation and the future of film.

"At the moment I've found that I'm really loving production, design, directing and writing," she said.

"It's pretty difficult at the moment, we have assignments every week that are major ones and we do five subjects.

"It's a lot of work but it's definitely worth it."

AFTRS will be holding an open day on Saturday for prospective students.

In 2016 AFTRS will deliver short courses, technical diplomas and advanced diplomas as well as its comprehensive Bachelor and Masters degrees.