Screen Australia announces Springboard short film-makers

Three creative teams have received investment through Screen Australia’s Springboard Short Film Initiative.

The idea behind the Springboard Short Film Course is to offer creative teams the opportunity to make a short film which will be the grounding for a feature film idea.

Writer/director Nicholas Verso and producer John Malloy will make The Last Time I Saw Richard, while writer/director Miranda Nation with producer Lyn Norfor will make Perception and writer/director Sean Kruck with producer Caroline Barry will make Snowblind.

Previous recipient writer/director Zak Hilditch made the short film Transmission with producer Liz Kearney which was selected for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and helped them and secure finance in feature These Final Hours.

Another previous recipient was Grant Scicluna whose film The Wilding won at this year’s Melbourne Queer Film Festival for Best Australian Short and was in competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Martha Coleman, Screen Australia’s head of development said: “This year’s Springboard workshop has encouraged participants to focus on providing an intense emotional experience by combining a great script with a strong director’s vision.”

Verso directed feature 24-hour Window, which received Melbourne International Film Festival funding.

Malloy previously received single-project development for feature film Emily Tempest.

Sean Kruck recently directed a Carhistory.com.au ad for BWM.

Miranda Nation won Flickerfest’s SBS TV Award for her short film Eli the Invincible.

Five teams were selected for the Springboard course with convenor Paul Welsh.

The teams will receive up to $150,000 each to make a short film.

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