AFW holds a number of workshops each year on old and new 16mm film techniques for members and guests. 

Please email to reserve your place

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Colour Negative Processing Workshop at AFW

When: 11 am Saturday 24 th of August
Where: AFW, 2 Kerr St, Fitzroy
Cost: $40 ($20 for AFW members)

Bookings: email
Enquiries phone: 0400748864

Learn to process 16mm colour negative film DIY style in a LOMO processing spiral! This workshop will take you through the ECN2 process (the standard developing process for modern colour negative motion picture films). And learn the art of the LOMO at the same time. Places will be limited, so please book early!

Bolex Basics Workshop
Sunday 19 May, 2019. 10-5pm @ AFW


Sunday 19 May 2019, 10-5pm
AFW, 2 Kerr St, Fitzroy
$40 (or $20 for AFW members)

Participants will be introduced to the general principles and practices of filming with a 16mm Bolex, including loading & unloading film, using prime & zoom lenses, and reading a light meter. Bolex features such as single & extended exposures, fast & slow motion, backwind & double exposures, and variable shutter speed will also be covered. We’ll film on black & white stock, process it as reversal, and watch our reels at the end of the day.

Anyone just wanting a Bolex refresher also very welcome.

Bookings essential.  Please email

Optical Printer Workshop
Sunday March 3, 2019. 11am @ AFW

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Sunday March 3, 11am
AFW, 2 Kerr St, Fitzroy
$40 (or $20 for AFW members)

The optical printer is one of the key elements of experimental filmmaking.  These powerful tools allow you to manipulate your film images in myriad complex and exciting ways.  You can re-frame your images, change their time base, create freeze frames and zooms, multiply expose your images, bi-pack your images together, use mattes to create complex composite images, change image colours, etc., etc..  Come to AFW for a one day introductory workshop into how to begin your journey exploring what the optical printer can do, starting with the basics:

- load the projector with the material to be printed

- load the print camera,

- mount the camera

- adjust the magnification and focus of the print camera

- adjust the step rate for both projector and camera

- adjust the exposure

- expose the print film

Bookings essential.  Please email

Pinhole Super8 & Cross Processing Workshop - Saturday June 10,2017. 10.30am @ AFW

Saturday 10th of June. 10:30 am at AFW!

Pinhole Super8 and Cross Processing workshop!

Make dream like, abstract, photographic moving pictures without a camera! Instead of a lens, we will use a little piece of aluminium can with a tiny pinhole in it. Instead of a camera, we will turn the super 8 cartridge into a camera. This is hand-made cinema at its most basic. And it can be very beautiful!

In this workshop, participants working in pairs will expose a roll of super 8 colour negative film using the cartridge itself as a pinhole camera. We will then develop these rolls into a positive film by 'cross processing' them in positive chemistry. Through the workshop, participants will learn a great deal about hand made cinema, and about developing motion picture film. No prior experience or equipment necessary. You will be using dark room chemistry, so just don't wear your best clothes.

Cost: AFW lab members $35, non-members $45
Max six participants. Registration and pre-payment essential.

Please email

3 Way WORKSHOP @ AFW Saturday May 27, 2017

3 way workshop will cover three new possibilities at AFW:

Shoot! with AFW's new Eclair NPR 16mm sync sound camera recording sound on an external recorder!

Process! This film in the new CPAC E6 chemistry - it's cheaper! it's harder!

Sync! Edit this processed film digitallyh, syncing it up with the live sound recorded during shooting, then splice the original film to match, then sync the digital sound to the projector using the AFW's own Carl-O-Sync device!

For AFW members only.
$20 (and if there is change, it can go towards lunch)

Please book by emailing


Upcoming: Summer WORKSHOP/ Production WORKSHOP (Jan/ Feb 2017)

~translucent being~ 'Little Orphant Annie' by Bill Morrison (1912/1918/2016)

~translucent being~ 'Little Orphant Annie' by Bill Morrison (1912/1918/2016)

4 days over six weeks in January and February 2017 AFW members only! And its free. The only fee is a commitment to making a new work.

This is a production workshop.

The plan: each participant takes an experimental film project from start to finish. A screening of these and other new work from AFW will then be held in late March. As each participants' projects will be different, the workshop will be loose and largely unstructured.

During the official workshop days, Richard (and other experienced AFW members) will explain, demonstrate and guide the participants through the particular knowledge gaps they might have with regards their particular project. In the time between the official sessions, the participants will want to continue working on their projects either shooting or working at the lab in their own time. This is ideal for all the new AFW members, as well as others who might want refreshing in any particular area of the lab or beyond. We would expect to cover using Bolexs and light meters, loading lomo spirals, mixing chemistry in the lab, processing reversal, clean handling of film, editing on a Steenbeck, making a sync digital sound track. Film stock is available from Richard now, in particular there is a lot of fresh black and white reversal film available which is ideal for this workshop.

Cost for UN54 and N74 is $105 per 400'. Spools and cans are $2.50 each.

Official workshop dates are as follows (unless these clash with dates already booked at Arena) Saturday Jan 14, Saturday Jan 21, Saturday February 11 and Saturday February 25. From 10.30am.

There will be an upper limit on the number of participants, so please let me know ASAP if you want to commit!

CHROMAFLEX - Sunday 21st August

Experimental Colour WORKSHOP

Richard Tuohy - Ginza Strip

Richard Tuohy - Ginza Strip

Sunday the 21st of August at 10.30 am.  Location: AFW @ Arena (2 Kerr St)

Cost is $20 for AFW members and $40 for non members.

This workshop will take the participants step by step through a radical experimental colour processing technique which allows selectively controlled negative and positive colour and black and white images on the same strip of film. What’s more, the technique allows us to make these selection decisions in full light with the images visible right there in front of you. You can have areas of black, areas of clear, colour negative areas, colour positive areas and glorious black and white images all within a single frame of ordinary camera captured image. We then get to watch the colour chemistry working its magic – again, in full light. The workshop begins with a freshly made colour print of colour negative material.  But instead of processing this print in the normal ECP process, we will be undertaking our novel processing sequence that will produce an odd looking positive black and white image on the film.  We will then select various areas on that print that we want to end up as positive colour, negative colour, leave black and white or process as black or clear film.  Those areas will be selectively covered with special chemical blocking tape.  Then the film will be selectively bathed in an assortment of colour chemistry before removing the tape and bathing in more chemistry. As well as engaging with a great new experimental film technique, this workshop is a great opportunity to learn in detail how colour film works.


Richard Tuohy and Dianna Barrie have conducted their Chromaflex workshopin Melbourne, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Rotterdam,  Berlin, Halifax, Jakarta, Vaasa, Barcelona, Naples, Zurich, San Francisco, Baltimore, Boulder, Colorado Springs … and now, back in Melbourne!



16mm Laser Printing Workshop with Roger Beebe

Saturday 7 March 2015, 10.30 am, $30


Visiting artist Roger Beebe will take us through his 16mm laser printing technique.  Under his expert guidance we will take clear 16mm stock, feed it into a laser printer, and hey presto, a world of dotty images is at our command. Please bring a lap top with photoshop installed & one or more moving image video files

16mm Universe by Richard Tuohy

Saturday and Sunday 14/15 February 2015, $100

AFW presents this two day intensive crash course workshop covering everything you need to know to work DIY style with 16mm. Learning how to use the bolex – the classic camera for the experimental film maker. Shooting both black and white and colour reversal 16mm, processing, editing and splicing procedures. You will also be introduced to optical and contact printing.

Jodie Mack - Let Your Light Shine

Workshop on 24 May 2015, 11am - 5pm

Under Mack’s direction stoner shop tie-dyes and dollar-store trinkets collude to create pulsing, ebullient spectacles. Colour-in-motion is the Trojan horse by which Mack smuggles in a series of questions about regimes of looking and the stability of human perception in a post-psychedelic world.

Mack animates single-frame photography of domestic and recycled materials into complex patterns of movement she calls ‘anti-sequences’. Her works illuminate the shared territory between abstraction and the domesticity of mass-produced goods.

This program features a selection of Mack’s recent work, which unleashes the kinetic energy residing in wasted and overlooked consumer objects, including her song-and-dance documentary tribute to her mother’s screenprinting business, Dusty Stacks of Mom. The program concludes with the experimental 3D performance extravaganza, Let Your Light Shine. described by Fandor Film Blog as ‘a wholly immersive and near-weightless experience, the piece exists outside most conventions of even non-narrative visual art, simultaneously collapsing and expanding perception to encompass the full spectrum of sensory existence.'

This is event is curated by OtherFilm, Institute of Modern Art and Gertrude Contemporary and co-presented by Artist Film Workshop. Jodie Mack’s visit to Australia is supported by Screen Queensland.

Optical Printing Workshop held by Carl Looper

11 January 2015, 12pm, 

This workshop will demonstrate using a computer controlled projector in conjunction with a computer controlled Bolex to produce an optical print. You will need to bring some 16mm source film to copy. You will learn how to do the following:

1. Setting up the projector and Bolex. This includes how to position the Bolex in relation to the projector using specialised Manfrotto camera mounts.

2. Computer operation of the projector and Bolex. The software for this will be installed on a provided computer (installers will also available for installing on your own computer). This version of the software is PC only but there will be Mac software available later. The Projector/Bolex setup plugs into the computer through the USB port.

3. Printing; a) Normal Printing – where we specify the number of source frames we want to print and the exposure time per frame. b) Superimposition (multiple exposure). This is where we print one set of source frames, backwind the print film and print another set of source frames over the top of the first. c) Step Printing – for each frame of our source film we print it a number of times onto the print film – creating a slow motion effect in the print

As a part of the NGV’s Melbourne Now exhibition, Artist Film Workshop will be hosting a Community Hall event in conjunction with the gallery’s DIY Series. Drop into the NGV International this Friday the 10th January—between 11am-4pm—to participate in the free workshop and experiment directly with film stock. Visitors will get the chance to manipulate the surface of film by hand, and play with the possibilities of positive and negative images in a black & white reversal taping workshop. AFW’s Loop Library will also be on display in space.

Colour negative processing workshop held by Brice Veika

Saturday 30 November, 12pm, $20 members $50 non-members

FIRST CONTACT - contact printer workshop

Saturday 19 October 2013. With preparation required prior to workshop

AFW is one of the few artist run film labs in the world that has a working 16mm additive-colour contact printer. In the coming weeks, participants will shoot on the beautiful Kodak 3374 16mm film. This is an ultra fine-grained, high contrast, black and white 40 asa, panchromatic laboratory film (originally intended for making optical sound negatives). Those taking part in the workshop will shoot, process and edit this film at the lab in their own time.

On Saturday, 19th of October participants will then use the printer to create a colour print, using additive colour effects. Here are some suggestions of the possible printing techniques that may be employed:

1) Make a straight 1:1 print of your negative using different coloured printer lights for each shot 2) Print your negative multiple times onto the same print stock using different coloured printing lights off-setting the negative each time, creating a colour-splintering effect 3) Prepare two or more rolls of negative to superimpose two or more images onto your print 4) Select parts of your negative to print as loops onto your print stock, changing the exposure and the printer colour as you print. Make a final print from the loops 5) Make a hi-con black and white positive print from your negative, then print BOTH this print AND your original negative in sync onto the same print stock but using two different coloured printer lights. This will result in the shadow areas being one colour, the highlights a second colour, and some of the tones in between a third colour

Participants will have the opportunity to screen their film as part of the Experimental Congress being held at Gertrude Contemporary at the end of October.

Workshop participation includes 3374 camera stock, developer, projection spools, printer cores, colour print stock (3383), and colour print chemistry. Cost is $110 including 3 x 100’ rolls of 3374, projection spools, 300’ worth of 3383 print stock, bw and colour chemistry

Direct Film with Marcia Jane

Saturday 5 October 2013, 10.30am, $15 for members $40 non-members

To make a direct film is to work directly on the film surface through drawing, scratching, marking and collaging. These marks made by hand onto the film are are animated, transformed into moving image (and sound) at the moment of their projection. Join us for a day of working by hand onto film.

Vision squared, the technique of multiple exposure

Saturday 3 August 2013, $20 for members and $40 for non-members

Double and multiple exposing film is one of the most intriguing and transformative in-camera effects. In this one day workshop we will explore several techniques – double exposing against a black background, a white background, silhouettes and multiple exposure using coloured filters. Participants will shoot a roll of colour reversal, a roll of Tri-X black and white and a roll of hi-con. Film will be processed at the lab during the workshop.

Re-filming using analysis projector

Saturday/Sunday 8/9 June 2013, $15 members $45 for non-members

Film Stock: Tri-X 16mm $30

AFW’s next two day workshop event involves commencing an exploration of the infinite variations on the theme of re-photography. There will be three 16mm Analysis projectors (projectors that can run an any speed from freeze frame to 24 fps) and two super 8 analysis projectors. We’ll be re-filming onto Tri-X 16mm (or whatever other stock you want to use – Tri-X 16mm and Super 8 available at the lab). We’ll also experiment with re-filming off the two 16mm flat bed editors. Re-filming off an analysis projectors affords many of the opportunities of using an optical printer – but its fast! You can change the speed of the image, insert freeze frames and step copy, you can reverse motion, you can re-frame. You can also project onto sculptured or textured surfaces (tin foil anyone?). You can film from behind to flip the image, you can film upside down. Also, you can (and really should) use refilming to composite images – multiply expose your film, or put multiple images in the same frame.

Flat printing workshop

Saturday/Sunday 2/3 February 2013, $30 members, $50 non-members

(Maximum 10 participants)

We’ll be taking short pieces of film and creating myriad variations by flat contact printing using torch light. Printing will be done onto colour stock from either colour or black and white originals. * In the absence of original or found footage, participants can bring a video file to be re-filmed onto black & white film stock in the lab for subsequent working up on the bench.


Found/original footage (or video file) of 10 seconds length

1 x small pen torch

1 x toilet roll tube

Quadroscopic workshop

Saturday 13 October 2012, 11am - Free to members, $30 non-members

Cost of film is $22 per roll of Ektachrome including chemistry

Please come 15mins early

What is Quadroscope?

Quadroscope is unslit standard 8 film projected in a 16mm projector. The result is 4 images on the screen — the images on one side run in reverse. We will shoot on Ektachrome 100d standard 8 — this is a beautiful film.

Dominic from Cameraquip in South Melbourne has generously offered us a large number of standard 8 cameras to use for this workshop. He is the technician at Cameraquip and over time has collected and serviced this collection.

The workshop will also give you the chance to :

– look at a number of different cameras

— practice your exposure on colour reversal & E6 processing

— & explore a new technique

You can challenge this technique through single frame shooting, ending up with a 4 image composition rather than a single composition on each side (as seen in the above image) (Dianna Barrie's film ‘LUX’ has examples of this technique)

Tickets will be booked via the MIFF 2012 website

******* As part of this year’s Melbourne Film Festival, Artist Film Workshop is conducting a multi-day workshop – 16mm Colour Spectrum. The workshop will take us step by step through a jazzy new photo-chemical technique which allows selectively controlled negative and positive colour with black + white images on the same film.

The first session, 6pm Friday the 3rd, will explain the process, the colour photographic theory, and discuss examples of the technique. In this session the participants, should get an idea of what kinds of images might suit the technique and how they might proceed with the first ‘homework’ phase – shooting the negative.

Participants will be supplied with Fuji Eterna Vivid 500T 16mm colour neg stock – 50'. Where needed, equipment will be available for loan from AFW. Tuition in using this equipment will also be available. This film needs to be returned by the morning of Wednesday the 7th. This neg will then be taken to nanolab in Daylesford for normal ecnII processing (participants are welcome to be a part of this in Daylesford if they desire). 16mm prints will then be made and it will be on these prints that we will work our selective colour processing magic in the next session, 6pm Monday the 13th. On the 13th, we will have a first go at the process. This involves working with adhesive tape, selectively covering sections of the print, then immersing that part of the print in chemistry, removing the tape, then again in more chemistry. Don’t wear your best clothes for this one. By the end of that session, participants should have a good idea of what sorts of techniques work well with their material. Next step is more homework – planning, then applying tape to a fresh print of their film in preparation for the final session on Friday the 17th , again at 6pm. In the final session, the prints that were prepared as homework will undergo their chemical treatments to produce the finished results. Film stock, prints, cameras, equipment, tuition, processing and chemistry is all included for the $120 price. Places will be limited to 20 participants at a maximum, so booking early is essential. If you are planning on taking part, please make sure you are able to attend all the sessions and will be able to do the homework by the required dates.

For questions, or to express interest, please email Richard at



Sound on Film workshop @ Nanolab, Daylesford 2011


This AFW practical film workshop is for artists interested in working the boundary between sound and image.

Bring up to 2:30min of audio, which could be one long piece or a series of short ones (eg. intended as loops). You’ll be recording this audio onto 16mm film using an optical recording process, and you’ll then learn how to hand-process your film.

Once your film is processed you’ll be working on it directly by drawing, painting, collaging or scratching to produce animation timed directly to your sound.



This workshop is useful for artists working with sound, animation, audiovisual installation or performance.

The workshop takes place over two full days:

Dates: Sat 11 & Sun 12 Dec 2010
Location: Brunswick, Melbourne Australia
Start: 10am each day

Cost for the 2 days is $45 total, which is the price of 100ft of 16mm film, processing chemistry and all the materials and tools you need.

We look forward to seeing you there!