VCA Film and Television Archive

The VCA Film and Television Archive comprises approximately 1,700 short films dating from 1967 to 2015 produced by graduating students of the School of Film and Television School, Faculty of VCA & MCM and the former Swinburne Film and Television School (1966-1992).

The School of Film and Television is Australia's oldest film school. It commenced its dedicated film production courses in 1966 after significant campaigning and championing by Hon. Barry Jones AC, Phillip Adams AO and acclaimed film director Fred Schepisi AO.

The School has launched the careers of numerous acclaimed film directors, including Gillian Armstrong (Love, Lust and Lies), David Michod (Animal Kingdom), Ariel Kleinman (Partisan), Sarah Watt (My Year Without Sex), John Hillcoat (The Road), Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth), Jonathan Auf der Heide (Van Diemen's Land), and Adam Elliot (Harvey Krumpet', Mary and Max) . Editor Jill Bilcock (The Dressmaker, Red Dog, Moulin Rouge!, Muriel's Wedding) and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw (True Detective, Top of the Lake, Snowtown, Lore) are also alumni of the school.

The School is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. In recognition of its legacy and contribution to the Australian screen industry, this milestone is being used to make freely available for the first time 50 student films from the past half century. Drawn from the collection of the VCA Film and Television Archive, these films will be progressively made available leading up to the official celebrations to be held on Sunday 19 June 2016. This is the beginning of a larger Digital Archive project that will eventually see the entire collection made available to the public, researchers, teachers, and to filmmakers. More

For further information on the collection contact Donna Hensler E: donna.hensler@unimelb.edu.au, T: (03) 9035 9083.