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19 09 2011 - Media release

Screen Australia offers a 'Springboard' for new feature filmmakers

Screen Australia is calling for applications to the third Springboard: Short Film Initiative, a unique short film development and production opportunity for outstanding creative filmmaking teams one step away from making their first professional feature film.

The Springboard initiative features a three-part workshop which will take place periodically between December 2011 and February 2012. Through the workshops and regular development sessions, five teams will develop a short film project which will act as a calling card for their proposed feature film project as well as being a talent showcase at festivals before three are selected for production.

“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. 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,” said Head of Development Martha Coleman.

With input from the Screen Australia Development team, the course will be convened by Paul Welsh from Scotland. Teams will be supported to develop their creative vision to encourage the best short film to be realised. In between each workshop, participants will intensively redraft and refine their short film projects.

“Paul has a strong reputation as a talent developer of great sensitivity and strength and we’re lucky his schedule on the Australian/German co-production Lore gives us access to him,” said Ms Coleman.

Paul Welsh is a developer, commissioner and producer of live action and animated shorts, documentaries and feature films. He has developed, commissioned and executive produced over 50 shorts for Creative Scotland, UK Film Council, Channel 4 and BBC Scotland amongst others. He founded and manages one of the UK’s foremost talent development organisations, DigiCult. Paul’s feature films include the award-winning production Skeletons and the Australian/German co-production Lore directed by Cate Shortland (Somersault, The Silence) and co-produced by Liz Watts, currently in post-production.

Springboard is targeted at filmmaking teams who have a screenplay at first draft or beyond and are one step away from making their first professional feature film. Five teams of writer, director and producer will be selected to take part in the workshops to develop their short film, with three to be selected at the end of the process to go into production, each with a budget of up to $150,000.

Teams will need to submit their feature screenplay, along with two short film ideas, with the initial workshop designed to help identify which of those ideas will be the best short to develop.

Applications close on 14 October, with the first workshop to take place 9–11 December.

Media enquiries

Jessica Parry | Senior Publicist

+ 61 2 8113 5833  | + 61 428 767 836  | [email protected]tralia.gov.au

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