Screen Australia’s short springboard into a feature

Screen Australia is calling on applications for their Springboard: Short Film Initiative.

The short film development and production opportunity is designed to help filmmaking teams one step away from making their first professional feature film.

A three part workshop to take place between December 2011 and February 2012, it will see five teams of writer, director and producer, develop a short film to be a talent showcase for festivals and act as a calling card for a proposed feature film. As such, teams will be required to submit two short film ideas as well as their feature film idea.

“Springboard is about career building for the long term and Screen Australia recognises the way short films can provide an essential stepping stone in a professional career for an emerging filmmaker,” said Head of Development, Martha Coleman. “This Springboard workshop maintains the strategic vision while focusing more acutely on the broader creative process to encourage the development of strong voices with something to say.”

The course will be convened by Paul Welsh, whose production company Edge City Films is currently co-producing Cate Shortland’s Lore (alongside Porchlight Films) and founder of one of the UK’s foremost talent development organisations, DigiCult. Between each workshop each team will redraft and rework their project.

At the end of the three workshops, three of the five projects will be selected for production, with a budget of $150,000 each.

Applications close 14 October. The first workshop will take place 9-11 December.

Previous Springboard projects announced in March included:

Bush Basher (supporting feature Dieback) – Writer/director Ben Young, Producer Ross Hutchens, Co-Producer Tenile Kennedy

Fish and Chips (supporting feature Please Explain) – Writer/Director Anna Broinowski, Producer Leanne Tonkes and Steve Kearney

The Wilding (supporting feature Scratch the Surface) – Writer/Director Grant Scicluna, Producer Jannine Barnes

Last year’s workshop


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