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Screen Australia announces $1 million in Enterprise funding for 15 projects

28/07/2020

28 07 2020 - Media release Screen Australia announces $1 million in Enterprise funding for 15 projects

Dan and Luke Riches of Ardiol Media

Screen Australia has announced funding for four Enterprise People talent opportunities and 11 Enterprise Business & Ideas projects, which will share in a total of over $1 million for industry development.

One of the major Enterprise Business & Ideas funding recipients is Attagirl, a narrative feature film lab from Sophie Mathisen, Executive Director of advocacy organisation For Film's Sake. The lab will enable majority women, female identifying and non-binary creative teams to learn from industry experts, with a focus on getting their feature slate market ready.

Information Cultural Exchange and Diversity Arts Australia have received support towards developing Diversity on Screen, an expansion of the successful Screen Cultures Program, to improve access to opportunities for underrepresented filmmakers.

Also receiving funding are Documentary Australia Foundation to enhance its digital platform to better connect filmmakers and supporters online; as well as Frame, Australia's first incubator program for documentary filmmakers working with emerging media and technologies.

Screen Australia's Head of Development Nerida Moore said, We are proud to support these proposals from all corners of the screen sector that are set to have broad impacts in changing the way we work and creating a more inclusive industry. It's great to see the Documentary Australia Foundation not only capitalising on this opportunity to foster philanthropy for Australian documentary makers, but also enable those filmmakers to have more independence by developing their skills and experience.

Attagirl promises to offer opportunities for female creators beyond our direct sphere of influence and will accelerate the development of female-led features by increasing the chances of these films attracting finance and distribution.

From 1 May 2020 the Enterprise Business & Ideas fund is on hiatus and will be reviewed, with the intention of the new program stream becoming active again in 2021. A number of applications for this fund are still under assessment and successful recipients will be announced in the coming months. The Enterprise People fund remains open for applications.

Enterprise Business and Ideas Major Funding Recipients:

For Film's Sake, led by Sophie Mathisen, has launched Attagirl, an intensive narrative feature film development lab that will see up to 12 majority female identifying and/or non-binary creative teams participate in a 10-month incubator program, designed to support the development of narrative features in an increasingly digitally-focused marketplace. The course content centres on three major pillars story, market and audience with support provided by leading international film festivals and international screen agencies. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program will be delivered online with support from evolving festival presentations including Toronto International Film Festival and Sydney Film Festival. Applications are now open here

Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) will develop their website into an enhanced digital platform under their Next Level Digital Project, building broader communities around documentaries by offering interactivity between DAF's community of documentary filmmakers, funders, impact partners and supporters. The increased digital capability aims to create a hub for collaboration and engagement on documentary projects by allowing donors and supporters to interact with filmmakers more directly. It also aims to scale their impact by improving accessibility, offering more training and resources to filmmakers, and increasing the volume of donations received.

Enterprise Business and Ideas Business Plans and Strategies:

Ardiol Media, founded by Dan and Luke Riches (KGB), will engage a mentor and develop a business plan to cement the company as an Indigenous-led production business in the West Australian screen industry.

Big Serious Studios, founded by David Peers (Happy Feet 2), Katrina Peers (Legend of the Guardians) and Charlotte Rose Hamlyn (Beat Bugs, Motown Magic), will bring together world-class experts from filmmaking, science, technology and education to create a new slate of children s entertainment that has global appeal. They aim to use animated storytelling and evidence-based educational approaches to encourage young viewers to become interested in STEM subjects.

South Australian-based Closer Productions (The Hunting, In My Blood It Runs) will undertake business planning to explore partners in the international marketplace, with an aim to co-finance distinctive Australian projects that speak to global audiences.

Western Sydney's Co-Curious will develop a business plan and engage a consultant to develop a sustainable strategy in order to viably support storytellers from underrepresented groups and facilitate strong marketplace partners for these stories.

Western Sydney based Information Cultural Exchange (I.C.E) and Diversity Arts Australia (DARTS) will together undertake business planning and consultancy to deliver Diversity on Screen, an expansion of the successful Screen Cultures Program. The revised program will be rolled out nationally to help filmmakers from underrepresented communities forge pathways into the screen industry. Alongside this work they will also partner with LA-based Film Independent to run six pilot workshops online for Australian creative producers.

Frame, a development program that will support Australian documentary filmmakers with projects for diverse media platforms, has received funding to engage consultants in business strategy. Led by VR producer Katy Morrison and AIDC CEO Alice Burgin, Frame is Australia's first incubator progr
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