Sarah Chahine announced as inaugural recipient of AFTRS Alumni & Industry Scholarship


The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) has announced Sarah Chahine as the inaugural recipient of the AFTRS Alumni & Industry Scholarship.

Sarah is a graduate of AFTRS’ Bachelor of Screen: Production (2021) and is currently enrolled in the Master of Screen Arts: Screenwriting program.

The Alumni & Industry Scholarship Fund is an initiative by AFTRS and its Alumni Advisory Group to expand and enrich the School’s community and elevate innovating storytellers and diverse voices.

The inaugural Scholarship has been awarded to support and develop the career of a gifted storyteller.

Sarah migrated to Australia from Lebanon with her parents when she was 7. At the age of 16 she won a writing competition, was published in an anthology and was invited to read at the Melbourne Writers Festival, which gave her the confidence to follow her dream of becoming a writer.

Sarah says “It never ceases to amaze me how much support there really is in the world when you open yourself up to the people and opportunities around you.”

“My writing journey, since high school, has been championed by wonderful mentors and people who have helped me achieve things that my younger self only ever dreamed of, and to be the recipient of this incredible scholarship and be studying the MA in Screenwriting at the best film school in Australia is nothing short of a dream.”

*Main photo, L-R: AFTRS Alumni Advisory Group Member Pariya Taherzadeh-Desovski, Scholarship recipient Sarah Chahine and AFTRS Council Chair Rachel Perkins

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