AFTRS has announced Conal Osfield as the recipient of the inaugural Storytelling Scholarship.
The Scholarship, announced last year by director and AFTRS alumna Gillian Armstrong, is intended to support students throughout their student journey by covering their tuition fees.
Conal Osfield, who this year enters the AFTRS Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production program, was selected for the Scholarship based on his creative response to the story provocations in the AFTRS brand campaign, Storytellers Wanted.
The Storytellers Wanted campaign was developed by award winning agency 72andSunny and directed by emerging filmmaker and AFTRS alumna, Vedrana Music, with mentoring by Gillian Armstrong. The campaign featured a number of vignettes, “stories waiting to be told”, and Storytelling Scholarship applicants were invited to complete a story.
Osfield, 19, from Wentworth Falls in western Sydney, submitted a drama script and was chosen by the selection panel for his distinct point of view, originality and storytelling abilities.
“AFTRS has a clear mission to discover and enable diverse Australian voices and the Storytelling Scholarship was created to support this aim. The selection panel all agreed that Conal’s application revealed an exciting talent that will be nurtured through his time at AFTRS. We believe he has a very promising future in the screen industry,” said Nell Greenwood, AFTRS Director of Curriculum and Student Registrar.
The AFTRS Storytelling Scholarship will cover Osfield’s tuition fees for the duration of his course.