Creating a Short Film Digital Archive


Creating a Short Film Digital Archive

The Lab, Level 2 of the Digital Studio, West Wing (access via the rear lift)
Arts West


VCA Film and Television is Australia’s oldest film school, housing an audiovisual collection dating back to 1967. A massive digital archive project has been underway since 2015, aimed at unlocking the archive for the first time to create new intersections between expert knowledge, curatorial practice and student generated content. Soon, online access will be granted to the graduate student film works (the archive contains more than 1700 short films and continues to grow each year) and this hidden collection will be made available so that new audiences can engage and interact with the content.

This seminar will explore how this digital archive will breathe new life into an otherwise staid collection, enabling it to become an important teaching, learning, research and engagement tool.

Part of the Digital Studio's Digital Heritage Seminars series.

Image: Still frame from Uncle (1996), directed by Adam Elliot, VCA Film and Television Digital Archive.


  • Ms Donna  Hensler
    Ms Donna Hensler, Victorian College of the Arts