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Behind the scenes of First Day with SAFC Attachment Ella Kroning, photo by Ian Routledge


Starting out in the Screen Industry

Just starting out in screen? Below are some starting points for resources and general information about entering the industry.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions, useful links to alternative screen support options and industry resources on our Other Support & Resources page.

Main image: SAFC attachment Ella Kroning on set of First Day (2020), photo by Ian Routledge

Mercury CX

The Mercury

The Mercury is an Adelaide-based non-profit organisation that is funded by the SAFC to provide support to the emerging screen sector. The Mercury supports screen industry practitioners to develop, advance and professionalise their careers in the screen industry both above and below the line through curated programs, workshops, masterclasses and events, and provides filmmaking facilities for use by members.

The Mercury offers:

  • Tailored professional development programs for emerging practitioners, as well as opportunities for those seeking to advance their skills and build industry networks.
  • Filmmaking facilities for use by members.
  • The boutique Mercury Cinema, showcasing local filmmakers’ works as well as offering curated programs to complement themed workshops and masterclasses.
  • Workshops, masterclasses and events.
WANTED, Tom Hoffie, Rebecca Gibney, Paul Vagnarelli and Mark Wareham

Targeted Diversity Attachments

The SAFC’s Targeted Diversity Attachment scheme supports our mission to build a more inclusive screen industry in South Australia by providing paid on-set experience for diverse key creatives and crew, including practitioners who are First Nations, female identifying, Deaf and disabled, or from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ communities and regional and remote areas.

Emerging cinematographer Paul Vagnarelli (centre), who is profoundly Deaf, worked as camera attachment on Wanted season 3 with star Rebecca Gibney and producer Tom Hoffie.

Connect over a cuppa

Join SAFC CEO Kate Croser along with SAFC staff and Adelaide Studios tenant businesses at our regular coffee networking mornings, held quarterly in the Adelaide Studios courtyard. These free, drop-in style events allow those in the industry and newcomers to catch up with colleagues and create new connections over a cuppa.