26 September 2017
A new funding initiative by Film Victoria will help the next generation of filmmakers, screenwriters and game developers to build their skills and boost their careers.
The $390,000 Early Career Skills Development program will support seven organisations to deliver a diverse range of professional development activities and workshops in Victoria for up and coming screen talent.
The program was established to increase Victoria’s skills base and support emerging screen practitioners to make the transition from tertiary education and non-professional experience into paid employment.
Supported activities include:
- Make It! a new screen conference from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School
- Workshops for early career screenwriters by screenwriter and script editor Clea Frost covering the fundamentals of writing for television, digital games and VR
- A comprehensive new program to be launched by Cinespace Story Lab for storytellers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- Melbourne’s Girl Geek Academy’s #SheMakesGames and #SheJams professional development events for women in the games industry.
The new Compton School, Australia’s first business school for the creative industries, has also received support to provide a series of workshops focused on the skills required to forge a screen career including business, finance and audience engagement through to negotiation and presentation skills.
The school, which recently partnered with acclaimed producer Sue Maslin (The Dressmaker) to deliver its first workshops in Melbourne, will again partner with a range of leading screen practitioners and industry insiders.
Other opportunities include masterclasses for emerging documentary filmmakers and a course designed for second assistants to develop their technical camera skills.
Events and activities supported in this round will take place over the next 12 months.