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Skip Ahead: Film Development Workshop

Screen Australia and Google will host two 2½-day workshops for leading YouTubers seeking to develop longer films and series pilots.

The workshop is aimed at content creators who are active on YouTube, make regular short form content that finds a significant audience, and who want to apply their filmmaking skills to longer stories.

A small number of individuals or teams who have a great idea for a feature film, short feature, or series pilot (encapsulated in a one-page outline) will be selected to participate. Submissions should be for projects of at least 30, but no more than 90-minutes in length.

This initiative presents an opportunity for Australia’s top YouTubers to grow their skillset and be empowered to take the next step in their screen careers. The workshop will be interactive and collaborative, fun and engaging. The first workshop, which will take place on Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 February 2016, will focus on big picture principals, but will explore individual projects enough to enable to participants to get writing. The second workshop, from Wednesday 30 March to Friday 1 April 2016, will delve more deeply into each of the specific projects. Both workshops will take place at the Google HQ in Sydney.

The workshop will be led by Mike Jones, a multiplatform writer who has lead script development programs including Platform X for AWG and Digital 360 Lab for SAFC, as well as teaching story and writing at the AFTRS, and Samantha Jennings, who has held numerous senior roles including executive positions at Screen NSW and Screen Australia, and has been a script advisor to agencies, producers and companies across Australian such as Porchlight, Werner and Goalpost. She is a partner at Causeway Films with Kristina Ceyton (The Babadook) developing a slate of features with international partners.

Who can attend?

Participants must meet the following criteria to be selected to attend the workshop:

  • Have an active and popular YouTube Channel
  • Have an outline for a film or series pilot idea
  • Meet general eligibility requirements set out in Screen Australia’s Terms of Trade.

Selection criteria

Participants will be selected by taking the following into consideration:

  • The track record of the content creator/team and;
  • Strength of the project proposal.


Participants must be available to attend both workshops, and must be willing to do some writing in the weeks between the two workshops. Travel and accommodation will be provided for participants not based in Sydney.


To be considered for the workshop, email [email protected] with the following:

  • A brief statement (300 words maximum) addressing the selection criteria
  • A one-page outline for the feature film, short feature or one-hour series pilot project as an attachment.

All emails must be received by 5pm AEDT on Thursday 7 January 2016. Participants will be selected by representatives from Screen Australia and Google.