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Issue #1766      February 22, 2017

[Black Space] ready for storytellers

Screen Australia is looking for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers with big ideas, and aspiring Indigenous creative producers, to take part in two new programs this year.

Behind the scenes of Cleverman: Director Wayne Blair and director of photography Mark Wareham are at the monitor. Production designer Josephine and creator Ryan Griffen are behind.

The [Black Space] Web Series Initiative and Indigenous Producers Internship Program have been developed by Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department.

[Black Space] will be an opportunity for Indigenous creators, online video content producers and video bloggers to be part of a new generation of screen storytellers, bringing their projects to life as web series.

The program is aimed at Indigenous talent with ideas at a “production-ready” stage to create a series of three to five stand-alone episodes of four to 10 minutes, which could be a comedy, drama, mockumentary, factual, or any other relevant genre.

Two successful creative teams will be funded up to $200,000 each to produce their concepts, to be made entirely for online publication, and will be invited to attend a two-day workshop focused on marketing online content.

Applications must be submitted by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander writers. The team’s core creative members must be Indigenous for the project to be eligible.

Project producers must have at least one eligible short drama or documentary credit. [Black Space] applications close on April 10.

The second initiative – the Indigenous Producers Internship Program – will provide paid opportunities for up to three Indigenous producers to be mentored and trained by experienced screen producers working at Australian production companies.

The internship program is designed to help more Indigenous producers break into the screen industry, provide sustainable ongoing salary-based employment and increase screen credits for producers at the early stages of their career.

It is also an opportunity for established production companies to take on emerging creatives, expand their own skills sets and contribute to an Australian screen sector that is richer and more diverse.

The Producer Internship Program is similar to the one Ryan Griffen undertook at Goalpost Pictures, where he developed the ABC series Cleverman and kick-started his career.

Internships may be completed full-time over a one year period or on a part-time basis over two years, with Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department contributing between $50,000 and $70,000 to the salary of the producer placement. Production companies are encouraged to supplement this amount with their own contribution.

Production companies involved in the Indigenous Producers Internship Program may be Indigenous or mainstream, and applications must be jointly completed by the Indigenous producer intern and the production company mentor, in agreement with a solid work plan.

Indigenous Producer Internship Program applications close on February 24.

Koori Mail

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