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WA Screen Academy goes to Russia

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

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The Director of ECU’s WA Screen Academy, John Rapsey, is packing his bags for Russia this December.

Mr Rapsey has been invited to the prestigious Festival Kinoproba of Film Schools in Yekaterinburg, Russia, along with 2006 graduate Alice Bergfall, who now works as a Communications Adviser for Shell Oil in Norway.

They will give a presentation about the success of the academy and explain the aesthetics, culture and teaching methods that have led to the School’s national and international recognition.

Mr Rapsey has also been asked to give a masterclass on ‘Creating and Writing Children’s and Youth Television Series.’ Several of Mr Rapsey’s series, notably Ship to Shore, Sweat and Foreign Exchange, have been broadcast around the world in more than 100 countries.

Foreign Exchange has also been dubbed in Russian and clips from the show can be found online.

“This is a marvellous opportunity to establish relationships with some of the best film schools in the world,” Mr Rapsey said.

“I’ll have a chance to see their work and learn how their programs are designed. In my presentation I’ll be highlighting the collaboration between the School of Communications and Arts and WAAPA, as well as featuring Perth and Western Australia.”

“I look forward to returning with many new friendships and ideas,” said Mr Rapsey.

Yekaterinburg is a city east of the Ural Mountains and is approximately the same size as Perth. The Festival Kinoproba invites leading film schools to present to delegates as well as enter films in their annual competition.

This year renowned schools from Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Argentina, Mexico and Israel will attend.

The WA Screen Academy has been invited because their films have been selected for festivals in Europe and the United Kingdom in the past two years.

Following on from the Academy’s 2011 success, Mr Rapsey has also achieved substantial recognition this year, winning the 2011 Teacher of the Year at the recent Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards.

For more information, visit the WA Screen Academy website.

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