2016 marked the 50th anniversary of Australia’s oldest continuing film school.

Celebrate 50 years of Film and Television

Film and Television was established at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1992 following the move of the original Swinburne School of Film and Television (est. 1966) to the College.

Alumni have screened their films and won prizes at every prestigious film event imaginable. From the Oscars to Cannes, from the ABC to the BBC, we have been there.

Former students work in every corner of the film and television industries, keeping the wheels turning by providing the creative and technical know-how to produce a huge number of the programs loved by Australian and international audiences.

50th anniversary celebration

On Sunday 19 June we celebrated Film and Television's golden anniversary with a party at the Southbank campus.

The day included performances by the Deans of Soul, the Taco Truck and Beatbox Kitchen food vans, face painting, DJs, a garage sale, special 50th anniversary merchandise stand, a birthday cake, bubbles and guest speaker and alumnus Oscar winner Adam Elliot.

We also hosted decade reunions during the afternoon for our film and television alumni to catch up and share stories, and launched our Digital Archive Project.

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Film & Television Digital Archive

2016 also marked the launch of our Digital Archive project, which makes original student films available to everyone to view online for the first time.

As part of the 50th Anniversary, we curated a selection of 50 films that showcased alumni contributions to the depth and breadth of Australian filmmaking over the past 50 years, and that highlighted Melbourne’s special place in the Australian film industry.

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The Victorian College of the Arts Film and Television 50th Anniversary celebrations are proudly supported by our generous sponsors.

Sponsors logos for the FTV 50th Anniversary - Creative Victoria, Crumpler and Mountain Goat

Red carpet and carpet tiles supplied by McMats Recycled Carpets.