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Screen Australia and Instagram Announce Recipients of 2023 First Nations Creator Program

09/10/2023

09 10 2023 - Media release Screen Australia and Instagram Announce Recipients of 2023 First Nations Creator Program

Image Credit: Melissa Smith-Haimona, 2021 First Nations Creators Program participant

Fifteen of the country's emerging First Nations social media talent have been selected by Instagram and Screen Australia's First Nations Department in the third edition of its successful First Nations Creator Program.

Opening for applications earlier this year, the First Nations Creator Program is an initiative in partnership between Screen Australia's First Nations Department and Instagram Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social media creators, with the goal of propelling emerging local talent and amplifying a diverse range of voices. The Program s ultimate aim is to foster long-term career opportunities in the realms of social media and digital content creation.

The fifteen selected recipients of the 2023 First Nations Creator Program are:

Bree Buttenshaw (@little_butten)

Brooke Scobie (@wastedvitriol)

George Coles (@gluecoles)

Jayden Oakley (@thefinessemane)

Katerina Roe (@katerinaleeroe)

Kylan Ambrum (@thekylanshow)

Matilda Langford (@Tilly.gov.au)

Molly Hunt (@mollyhunt4food)

Nartarsha Bamblett (@queenacknowledgements)

Olive Snell (@0livesnell)

Royston Sagigi-Baira (@roystonnoell)

Samuel Savage/Tainga Toa (@taingatoa)

Sen Maluwapi (@senemaluwapi)

Shania Watson (@shania19rose)

Tibian Wyles (@y_l_z_22)

This year's Program includes training sessions and workshops from 18-19 October, covering Reels best practice, Metaverse technologies, business-building, Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Copyright Property, optimised finances, and much more, facilitated by mentored guidance and collaborative learning. Creators will also receive production funding to help establish their platform and grow their Instagram account.

Like last year's program, creators will be encouraged to build their brand and initiate sustainable techniques to grow their business, tapping into key industry contacts including Instagram and Screen Australia representatives, and leading First Nations creatives including Isaac Compton, and previous participants Meissa Mason (2021), to set themselves up for success. Special guests also include Narelda Jacobs, and panel sessions with NIDA and AFTRS.

Screen Australia's Head of First Nations Angela Bates said, We are incredibly impressed with this year's cohort of First Nations creators and excited to see the positive impact this program will have on each of the recipient's careers. It's an important initiative that can create a pipeline into the broader screen industry by cultivating content creation skills, giving creators the confidence to expand their networks and ability to reach new audiences. Congratulations to the 2023 recipients!

We're really proud to see this program thrive in its third year. Amplifying diverse voices on Instagram is really important to us, said Kirsty Wilson, Creator Partnerships Lead, Meta Australia and New Zealand. "With a goal to empower First Nations creators, this Program aims to equip these talented individuals with the information and tools they need to grow their online communities and build their brands and careers. We can't wait to see them continue to flourish.

INSTRAGRAM MEDIA ENQUIRIES Annabelle Stanhope, Account Coordinator, Herd MSL

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Media enquiries Maddie Walsh | Publicist

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Ted Rose | Senior Publicist

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LINK: https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/sa/media-centre/news/2023/10-09-fir...
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