About Filmbites

About Filmbites Youth Film School

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Winner – Best Primary Production 2014, People’s Choice Award – Best Primary Production 2014 & Best Primary Animation 2015

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Courses

Filmbites Youth Film School specialises in teaching acting for the screen, filmmaking, animation and gaming to young people aged 5-18yrs. In the school holidays we also offer half, full or multi day screen skills workshops for beginner to advanced levels.

Filmbites caters both to students who are focussed on a career in the screen and entertainment industry, and also students who are just interested in learning new skills and making more friends.

Courses are offered according to age group, though students with advanced skills may be invited to join an older class. Students progress through new curriculum each semester.

How to Enrol

Please refer to our course information page for descriptions of each course, and the timetable for availability and how to enrol.

Structure

The majority of courses run over a semester (two terms of 10 weeks each), with students learning skills in the first term and then working with their class to make a short film in the second term, giving them an opportunity to test out their new skills in a practical way. This excludes Advanced and Intensive levels which run over one year.

Outcomes

As well as assisting our students learn strong screen skills, our students also learn invaluable life skills such as communication, team work and discipline. Included in the student’s fee is also a DVD of their film each semester, and a ticket to the screening of their film on the big screen – currently held annually at Greater Union Morley.

Premiere Night

A highlight of Filmbites student’s experience is seeing their film on the big screen, as well as all the other films made by Filmbites in the previous semester (around 70 films per year!). On the night, prizes are awarded for Outstanding Actor, Actress, Film, Animation and the Media Super Award for Outstanding Commitment and Achievement.

View the red carpet video from the last Junior Premiere Night here: https://youtu.be/q_vL6_jkHng

Locations

Malaga (HQ) – Filmbites Studio & HQ, 6/31 Oxleigh Drive
Hamilton Hill – East Hamilton Hill Primary School, Bradbury Road
Baldivis – Mary Davies Library & Community Centre, 17 Settlers Drive
Carramar/Tapping – Carramar Community Centre, 5 Rawlinna Parkway (moving to St. Stephen’s School Tapping in 2017)
Bull Creek – All Saint’s College, Ewing Avenue (starts 2017)
Mosman Park – MosArts, Lychee Street (starts 2017)

 

Awards

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Filmbites won Best Primary School Production in the Australian Teachers’ of Media Awards (ATOM) 2014 for Action/Romance, made by the Saturday Short Stuff class (that’s right – the best film in their age group in the whole country!)

Filmbites students and fans voted us the 3rd best film school in the whole world (Reelshow Survey 2014) and 5th in 2013.

Filmbites was a national finalist for the Australia Council Young & Emerging Artist Award at the Australian Business and Arts Foundation (ABAF) Awards in 2009, in conjunction with Community Arts Network WA and City of Stirling. Together with the City of Stirling, Filmbites was also awarded a Multicultural Community Services Award in 2009 for work on the Reel Connections program.

Filmbites student films have won awards in the Mandurah Short Film Festival, and been short-listed twice in the finals for Tropfest Jr., and were also a finalist in the ATOM Awards for Best Middle School Video Production for Crash in conjunction with SNSEP students at Balga SHS.

History

Filmbites was established in 2003, when film graduate and Channel Nine Promotions director, Hallie McKeig returned home to Perth after 5 years overseas working in the film industry in busy Vancouver and teaching English and film in Taiwan. Starting in her house, Hallie’s dedication to her students saw interest grow to the point where 4 years later she leased a studio in Wangara…..3 years later Filmbites continued popularity saw another move to larger premises in Malaga. Filmbites is now also a highly regarded casting agency.

Major Partners 

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Media Super  are SUPER! Not only do they support the wider screen industry but they also support emerging screen practitioners through their support of Filmbites, awarding 8 prizes of $200 towards tuition to the recipient’s of our “Media Super Outstanding Commitment and Achievement Award” plus supporting the presentation of our annual Premiere Night screenings.

ShowcastLogoShowcast – Australia’s #1 casting resource – will help advance the careers of our senior division Premiere Night 2016 Outstanding Actor and Actress winners by awarding prizes of on-line listings valued at over $200 each!

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Greater Union Morley host our screenings on their big screen in Morley and in 2016 and provide prizes for our Outstanding Film winners.

Supporters

Madman Entertainment give us lots of their excellent DVD’s for our Premiere Night raffle, which really helps us with equipment maintenance costs.
Disney, Buzz Marketing, Anarchy PR and NRC Communications give us lots of fun movie merchandise for our Great Filmbites Raffle at the Premiere Night which really helps with the cost of buying and maintaining all our film equipment – thanks heaps guys!

Walt Disney Studios

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Filmbites recommends

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If you are looking for a short course for adults, we recommend Nicholson’s Academy of Screen Acting, run by Fern Nicholson (2014 WA Best Actress winner at the WA Screen Awards)

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Filmbites Junior Premiere

Q. Where Are We? (A. Everywhere)

  • Malaga (HQ & main studio)
    6/31 Oxleigh Drive
    (08) 9209 2689
    Email:info@filmbites.com.au
  • Bull Creek (NEW in 2017)
    All Saint's College
    Ewing Ave
  • Hamilton Hill
    East Hamilton Hill Primary School,
    Bradbury St.
  • Baldivis
    Mary Davies Library & Community Centre,
    Settlers Ave
  • Tapping (NEW in 2017)
    St Stephen’s School,
    50 St. Stephen’s Cr.

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