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Indigenous Practitioner Support: Internships

Internships assist practitioners whose careers would benefit from an attachment to a person, production or organisation. This program is designed to assist the career development of talented filmmakers who can demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in the film industry. This is not an entry-level scheme.

What funding is available?

An internship may take many forms and involve features, documentaries, animation, interactive digital media, TV drama or comedy series. For example:

  • a director might attach themselves to a more experienced director on a production
  • a producer might spend time in a TV production house to observe the script development and creative management process, or they may wish to work with a more senior producer developing a financing plan for a project of their own
  • an animation filmmaker may wish to enhance specific technical or creative skills
  • a filmmaker may want to hire a more experienced producer or director as a consultant on their own funded production.

Up to $10,000 may be requested (other than in exceptional circumstances), supported by a budget.

Who can apply?

The potential intern must:

  • meet the general eligibility requirements of Screen Australia’s Terms of Trade
  • be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australian
  • only apply for the internship funding twice in their career.

No minimum credits are required, but previous work will be considered in assessing the applicant’s commitment to screen storytelling as a career.

What is the assessment process?

Applications are considered by Screen Australia executives, with industry specialists consulted as required. Screen Australia will advise applicants in writing of the success or otherwise of their application. Where an application is declined, the applicant will be advised of the reason.

Assessment criteria

Funding decisions will be made against the following criteria:

  • the potential of the applicant and their commitment to a career in the film industry, as evidenced by previous work
  • the quality of the mentor or mentor organisation and the level of access the applicant will have to them
  • the quality of the proposed program the applicant and mentor have negotiated
  • the strategic benefit of the program to the applicant at this stage of their career.

All of the above criteria are equally weighted.

What is the application timing?

Applications can be made at any time. However, please note that the turnaround time for application decisions is approximately four to six weeks and that Screen Australia does not provide funds retrospectively. Your application must therefore be made at least six weeks before funds are required.

Terms of funding

Funding through this program is in the form of a grant.

Funding recipients are expected to deliver:

  • a report, after completing the internship, from both the applicant and the mentor or production house, including an update on any career developments which have arisen as a result of the internship/fellowship
  • a statement of expenditure.

Special initiatives

Targeted professional development initiatives and special internship opportunities are offered from time to time.

Check Indigenous practitioner support for details.