All FILMMAKING classes return in 2023  

LOOK BACK at the 2021 LLICFF awards here when it was streamed last year on-line on Sunday 24th October 2021 on Yarra Life TV

2021 Awards Trailer:




RAPA is proud to announce our students SUCCESSFUL SHORT FILMS at the 2022 Lantern & Light International Children's Film Festival.

RAPA award-winning films will be available for viewing with links here shortly.

ENROLL NOW for 2023

From story-boarding, writing, shooting, editing, directing and acting, all students gain hands-on practical experience, with the opportunity to see their films on the big screen at the Lantern & Light International Children's Film Festival.

Not only is RAPA’s filmmaking course an opportunity to make movies, it also engages students in critical thought by analysing how scenes are created, and how the media constructs imagery to tell a story. 

RAPA FILM is a place where students will achieve their own film created from their own stories and imagination.  We provide equipment.


Ages 10 -14  

The excitement begins as we embark on a journey into story telling through the camera. Filmmaking is about creative teamwork, and here we begin to 

understand the collaborative nature of storytelling on film. Kids work on simple storyboards through to shooting and editing and with this fun adventure a 

film is made. 


Ages 13-18 

As well as the development of camera, sound and editing techniques; set scenes are created and interpreted, and students learn how to make choices as directors.

Film genres are explored, and students discover the many ways they can bring their story to the screen. They encouraged to write and create a short film.

Expressions of interest are now being accepted for 2023.


Ages Advanced (must have made at least one short film)    

This becomes a closer focus on professional development, with students finishing with a film that can be included in their portfolio. Advancing their 

understanding of directing for camera, working with actors, script writing and script interpretation, casting their film, as well as the operations of 

camera and sound.

This class converges acting for screen, directing actors, with the technical sides of camera/lighting/sound & editing into a creative process.

All students are encouraged and supported to make at least one short film each year, all RAPA short films are screened during the Lantern & Light International Children's Film Festival.

Expressions of interest are now being accepted for 2023.


4.30pm - 6pm  

6PM - 8PM

NEW CLASS starting for ages 10-14 Enroll Now

All filmmaking equipment is provided, including 4K broadcast standard cameras and lighting. Students with developed screenplays and projects can borrow equipment for weekend shoots.

To secure a place in a filmmaking class please fill in and return the enrollment form.

The ENROLLMENT FORM is available to download under CONTACT

Family discounts are available, as well as discounts for kids wanting to take part in more than one of RAPA's creative streams.

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Rainsford Towner:   

Film & Theatre

RAPA founder/director

LLICFF festival director

Rainsford has been acclaimed as ‘a creator and performer of visually breath taking theatre,’ La Monde; and is the recipient of 2 Australian Green Room 

awards and a Best Actor award from the International Panel of Theatre Critics, Cairo Festival. He has directed, devised and designed 27 seasons of 

contemporary dance and theatre works, including award winning productions such as ‘The Descent’, ‘Tearoom’ and controversial cutting edge 

transgressive works such as ‘The Nightgardener’ and ‘Sweet Flowers’.

As well as major Australian venues, his works have been performed on stages ranging from the Cairo Opera House - Egypt; to Topkapi Palace in Istanbul 

and Theatre Toursky in Marseille.  With ten international tours his company became the first Australian Arts company to officially tour the Middle East. 

As a filmmaker Rainsford began with the Sydney Filmmaker’s Co-op in the heady 1970’s making 16MM short films whilst also a Chief Projectionist for 

Village Roadshow. He went on to produce and direct documentaries, TVC’s and broadcast TV series for Image North Television as their Head of Production. 

Most recently he has worked for Dutch Television’s ‘The Great Race’, Firefly Films in Sth East Asia and filmed Australian content for New York academy 

award nominated producer Lilibet Foster’s feature ‘Be Here Now’ about Andy Whitfield.

He is passionate in helping young people realise their creative seed, and was commissioned to help facilitate the development of a ‘film in schools’ program 

throughout the Yarra Valley, resulting in over thirty short films being made by students at ten primary schools. He has mentored youth programs and 

worked with theatre for homeless youth.


- all teachers and staff working with RAPA have a current Working With Children Check. 

- all classes have minimum and maximum class size. Secure a place now. Payment will not be due until final confirmation of class.