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13 11 2019 - Media release

Applications open for Bunya Talent Indigenous Hub LA


Mystery Road season two, produced by Bunya Productions for the ABC

The Bunya Talent Indigenous Hub Los Angeles is now open for applications from mid-career Indigenous screen creatives with a big idea for a TV series or feature.

Presented in association with Netflix Australia and Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department, the Bunya Talent Indigenous Hub is a five-day talent incubator taking place in Los Angeles, USA in March 2020 aimed at mid-career writers, showrunners, directors and producers. Up to 8 Indigenous screen practitioners will be selected to travel to Los Angeles to develop and pitch a film or television project, including attending meetings and presentations by executives from Netflix and other industry practitioners.

At the end of the incubator, one applicant’s work will be selected to proceed to further development with Bunya Productions as producers, receiving up to $20,000 in further development funding in association with Screen Australia and Netflix Australia.

“LA provides access to some of the screen industry’s biggest heavyweights, and over the course of the week the Indigenous creatives will not only meet and pitch to Netflix Executives, but hear from industry showrunners, producers and production companies changing the landscape in the inclusive storytelling space. It’s a great way to demystify Hollywood and build important future networks,” said Penny Smallacombe, Head of Indigenous at Screen Australia.

“At Netflix, we’ve seen how great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere. Our local creatives have the opportunity to find audiences all around the world. We couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Bunya Talent Indigenous Hub in Los Angeles and have the opportunity to work with Indigenous creators to help develop and share their stories,” says Nick O’Donnell, Public Policy Director for Netflix Australia.

Bunya Talent, Netflix Australia and Screen Australia will provide all travel and accommodation. Applicants need to have experience in the screen industry as a producer, writer, director or showrunner. Applicants must be available to attend the Talent Hub in Los Angeles in March 2020.

This workshop is supported by Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department and Netflix Australia.

Applications close 6 December, 2019 at 5.00pm AEDT. Apply via Bunya Productions


Courtney Botfield

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