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Six screenwriting creatives from across Australia have been selected as the inaugural participants in the Emerging Writers' Incubator, an initiative from SBS in partnership with Screen Australia, state and territory agencies Film Victoria, Screen Canberra, Screen NSW, Screen Queensland, Screenwest and the South Australian Film Corporation, and with the assistance of the Australian Writers' Guild.

The Emerging Writers' Incubator is a nationwide program launched earlier this year to bring the industry together to support the ongoing development of underrepresented writing talent telling Australian fiction stories for the screen. The initiative provides significant work experience in drama production in leading Australian production companies for emerging writers from backgrounds and with lived experience currently underrepresented in the sector. This includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; people who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; those who are living with disability; are female or trans/gender diverse; identify as LGBTQIA+; and people located in regional and remote areas.

The six successful candidates chosen this year will each be employed for 12 months in one of six award-winning production companies around the country, acclaimed for their delivery of Australian drama.

The successful emerging writers selected for 2021, and the production companies they are working with, are:

ACT: Sebastian Chan joins Bunya Productions, supported by Screen Canberra

NSW: L le Teoman joins Goalpost Pictures, supported by Screen NSW

QLD: Nicholas Lin joins Ludo Studio, supported by Screen Queensland

SA: Ansuya Nathan joins Closer Productions, supported by the South Australian Film Corporation

VIC: Alberto Di Troia joins Tony Ayres Productions, supported by Film Victoria

WA: Cassandra Nguyen joins Komixx Entertainment Australia, supported by Screenwest.

Over the next 12 months, they will each gain valuable work experience, further developing their skills, knowledge, and networks, while working across the production companies' slate of drama productions. They will also be supported by the Australian Writers' Guild, with access to creative and training workshops, to further develop their skills.

Donna Chang, Commissioning Editor, SBS Scripted, said: The Emerging Writers' Incubator is a really special and important initiative which SBS is incredibly proud to be working with our partners in the sector to deliver. There is an extraordinary pool of writing talent across Australia who have uniquely Australian stories to share, and through this program we're excited to be supporting the development of the next generation of distinctive writing voices and contributing to a more inclusive industry.

Thank you to the award-winning production companies who are also joining us in this initiative, and congratulations to all of the candidates who took part in interviews during the competitive selection process, especially the successful writers - we look forward to going on this journey with them.

Melissa Lee Speyer, Development Executive, Screen Australia, said: Screen Australia are dedicated to supporting emerging creatives as they enter the screen sector and we are incredibly proud to support these six writers as they embark on the next stage in their careers. We were blown away with the quality of writing amongst the applications we received and the strength of the national shortlist. It is a testament to the high level of undiscovered talent we have in Australia from our underrepresented communities. Along with SBS, our partners at the state and territory screen agencies and the Australian Writers' Guild, we are sure the participants will gain invaluable experience working at some of the leading production companies in the country.

Susie Hamilton, Professional Development Manager, Australian Writers' Guild, said: It's been a privilege to work with SBS, Screen Australia and our other state-based partners on this important initiative. The standard of writing talent we have seen through the selection process has been nothing short of extraordinary. We know that the successful writers and the participating production companies are going to reap enormous benefits from this program.

Caroline Pitcher, CEO, Film Victoria, said: Congratulations to Alberto Di Troia and all of the Victorians shortlisted from an incredibly strong field our most talented writers. Tony Ayres Productions is one of Australia's leading production companies with a proven track record for telling diverse screen stories and elevating new voices. We can't wait to see Alberto's career journey as part of this initiative and beyond.

Monica Penders, CEO, Screen Canberra, said: We are so pleased that Sebastian Chan from the ACT has been chosen to work with Bunya Productions. This will be a fantastic opportunity for Seb to get more experience as a writer and grow those all important networks. We're excited to follow his journey and see him back in the ACT with a suite of experiences under his belt.

Jo Dillon, Chief Creative Officer, Screen Queensland, said For early-career screenwriters, the opportunity to build networks and receive valuable mentorship via a year-long paid placement is immense. The shortlisted Queensland writers were outstanding, and we wish recipient Nicholas Lin all the best during his placement at Brisbane's Ludo Studio, creators of the global sensation Bluey.

Grainne Brunsdon, Head of Screen NSW, said: As our home-grown film industry develops and grows it is imperative that we continue to support our creative workers and writers, and I am excited to see how this opportunity will propel L le Teomans career forward as she learns from the best at Goalpost Pictures.

Rikki Lea Bestall, CEO, Screenwest, said:
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