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SAFC supports the skills and professional career development of South Australian screen creatives of all backgrounds. Click the headings below for more information about how SAFC can support you.

First Nations Regional Podcasting Workshop
First Nations Regional Podcast Workshop - logos - SAFC, Country Arts SA, Riverland Youth Theatre

The SAFC has partnered with Country Arts SA and the Riverland Youth Theatre to deliver a regional podcasting workshop for South Australian First Nations key creatives.

The “Podcasting for Beginners” workshop will invite South Australian First Nations storytellers to respond to the NAIDOC 2021 theme Heal Country! by learning the skills to produce a polished, stand-alone podcast episode.

The workshop will be delivered by experienced First Nations mentor Raymond Zada and supported by Christine Brown and will be held at the Riverland Youth Theatre in Renmark, South Australia.

The objective of the workshop is to increase digital storytelling skills among First Nations communities in South Australia.

What is on offer?

Up to 10 places will be available for First Nations people aged 18 and over from anywhere in South Australia, with no experience required.

The workshop will be delivered as a three-day intensive and will cover topics including:

  • Basic audio recording (on a Smartphone)
  • Editing skills (using Audacity)
  • Interview techniques
  • Narrative storytelling skills
  • Podcasting distribution pathways

Each participant will be mentored from start to finish to create a high quality 15-minute podcast episode in a non-scripted format.

After the workshop the 10 x 15 minute podcast series will go to air on a chosen local or national radio platform TBC and Country Arts SA’s new online platform Venue 6.

Each successful applicant will be provided their polished podcast episode for their keeping.

Key dates

Applications open Friday 26 March, 2021.

Applications close Friday 11 June, at midnight.

Workshop: Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 June, 2021.

Delivery: Wednesday 30 June 2021

How can I apply?

To register your expression of interest in attending the First Nations Regional Podcasting Workshop please email SAFC Executive, First Nations Industry Development, Nara Wilson at nara.wilson@safilm.com.au

Where can I find out more?

Contact SAFC Executive, First Nations Industry Development, Nara Wilson on 08 8394 2020, or email nara.wilson@safilm.com.au

Film Lab: New Voices

Launched in 2020 as an initiative co-funded by the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), Adelaide Film Festival (AFF), Screen Australia and Mercury CX, Film Lab: New Voices is a low-budget feature film skills development program designed to provide a platform for the next generation of diverse, South Australian filmmaking talent.

Film Lab: New Voices offers a bold, ambitious, and creative program that will foster a new generation of key creatives and provide a tangible production and exhibition outcome.

The three inaugural teams were announced on 12 March, 2021 – read more.

Film Lab: New Voices will open for round two applications in October 2021.

What is on offer?

Round one of the program offered three South Australian creative teams industry mentoring across a 12-month period to develop a low-budget feature film script.

At least one member of the team (writer, director or producer) were required to be from a group under-represented in the South Australian screen industry including: women filmmakers; First Nations filmmakers, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) filmmakers, Deaf and disabled filmmakers, LGBTQIA+ filmmakers and filmmakers from regional and remote South Australia.

Industry mentors with expertise in low-budget filmmaking will guide the three teams through a rigorous skills development program.

At the end of the development phase, one project will receive a $400,000 production grant to produce a feature film for premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival 2022. Teams are encouraged to be entrepreneurial however, they must obtain prior approval for any additional finance and in-kind support and be able to demonstrate that their films can be completed to a professional standard for the approved budget and timeframe.

Key dates

This program will open for round two applications in October 2021.

The three selected teams for 2021 were announced on 12 March, 2021 – read more.

Webinar Information Session

On 1 December, 2020 SAFC Head of Production and Development Beth Neate, Production Executive Julie Ryan and Industry Development Executive Kath McIntyre held a webinar info session to provide an overview of the inaugural round of the Film Lab: New Voices initiative.

Watch a replay of the session below.

Where can I find out more?

Please direct any early enquiries to SAFC Program Coordinator Jess Cahill on 8 8394 2029 or email programs@safilm.com.au

Professional Crew Attachments

Professional Crew Attachments support practical, on-set skills development and training for early and mid-career South Australian crew through industry attachments in technical below-the-line roles.

Growth of the below-the-line crew base is essential to the ongoing advancement of the screen industry in South Australia. The SAFC Professional Crew Attachment program forms part of the SAFC’s commitment to providing training and development opportunities for people working in the South Australian screen industries.

Potential crew roles and skills gaps in the screen industry are identified by the SAFC, in consultation with the South Australian screen sector and are regularly reviewed.

Professional Crew Attachments are a requirement of projects that have received $150,000 or more in SAFC Screen Production Grant funding.

What is on offer?

The successful applicant will be attached to a supervising crew member or Department Head who is obliged to provide appropriate tasks and supervision, creating tangible opportunities to learn, observe and assist in the relevant department.

The expected length of attachments will be at least six weeks and should be equivalent to the number of scheduled shooting weeks. This can be across pre-production, production and post-production according to the position, nature of the production and proposed skills development outcomes. The duration of attachments will vary and is negotiated between the SAFC and the production prior to the call for applications.

Professional Crew Attachments are employed by the production company for the duration of attachment, at no less than the relevant industry award rate. Host production companies are expected to adhere to all requirements of the Fair Work Act. The production company will deduct tax and employee entitlements before their payment.

Key dates

The SAFC will issue a Call for Applications on a project by project basis via the Professional Opportunities page.

Guidelines

Please contact us if you require these guidelines in an alternative format – see contact details for this program below.

How can I apply?

The SAFC will issue a Call for Applications on a project by project basis via the SAFC’s Professional Opportunities page.

Before you apply, please make sure you are familiar with the SAFC’s Terms of Trade.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and application instructions, download the guidelines (linked above).

Where can I find out more?

Contact SAFC Program Coordinator Jess Cahill on 8 8394 2029 or email programs@safilm.com.au

Targeted Diversity Attachments

The SAFC is committed to supporting increased participation by people from groups underrepresented in the South Australian screen industry including; women, First Nations practitioners, Deaf and disabled, practitioners from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, practitioners from LGBTQIA+ communities and practitioners from regional and remote areas.

The Targeted Diversity Attachment scheme supports the SAFC’s mission to build a more inclusive screen industry in South Australia, by providing paid on-set experience for diverse key creatives and crew.

What is on offer?

The successful applicant will be attached to a supervising crew member or Department Head who is obligated to provide appropriate tasks and supervision, creating tangible opportunities to learn, observe and assist in the relevant department. The attachment may cover more than one department.

The expected length of attachments will be at least six weeks and should be equivalent to the number of scheduled shooting weeks. This can be across pre-production, production and post-production according to the position, nature of the production and proposed skills development outcomes. The duration of attachments will vary and is negotiated between the SAFC and the production prior to the call for applications.

Targeted Diversity Attachments are funded by the SAFC, at no less than the relevant industry award rate. Host production companies are expected to adhere to all requirements of the Fair Work Act. The production company will deduct tax and employee entitlements before their payment.

Guidelines

Please contact us if you require these guidelines in an alternative format – see contact details for this program below.

How can I apply?

Targeted Diversity Attachment opportunities are mutually agreed upon by the SAFC and the Production in advance. When opportunities become available, SAFC will issue a Call for Applications via the Professional Opportunities page.

Before you apply, please make sure you are familiar with the SAFC’s Terms of Trade.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by SAFC staff for an interview with SAFC and the production team. The SAFC and the Production will mutually select the best candidate for the position.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and application instructions, download the guidelines (linked above).

Where can I find out more?

Contact SAFC Program Coordinator Jess Cahill on 8 8394 2029 or email programs@safilm.com.au

If you have any specific access requirements please reach out to SAFC Program Coordinator Jess Cahill at programs@safilm.com.au, on 08 8394 2029 or via the national relay service.

Skilling SA – Screen Industry Training Program
Behind the scenes of 2067 (2020), photo by Matt Byrne
Crew behind the scenes of 2067 (2020), photo by Matt Byrne.

The SAFC’s Skilling SA Screen Industry Training Program provides tailored training across various crew departments and roles for up to 50 South Australians to discover new career paths in the screen industry.

The program is open to both new and existing South Australian crew seeking to upskill in areas of critical skills shortage, and supports the SAFC’s objective to expand and diversify the bench of experienced production crew in South Australia.

Applications are invited from South Australian screen production crew seeking to upskill or move into another department and skilled South Australian workers from related industries with transferable skills.

Skilling SA Screen Industry Training is supported by the Government of South Australia.

Find out more about the program in our explainer video below.

What is on offer?

Training is available for up to 50 candidates across the following roles and departments:

  • Production Accountant
  • Assistant Director
  • Production Office
  • Camera Department (with a focus on Camera Assisting and the pathways to becoming a Focus Puller)
  • Art Department (with a focus on the pathways to becoming a Production Designer)

Successful applicants will go through a program of accredited training (VET), nonaccredited training (AFTRS) and Masterclasses (SAFC-facilitated with industry mentors).

AFTRS Training will include the following:

  • Production Accounting Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Production Design for Film and Screen
  • Introduction to Assistant Directing
  • Introduction to the Production Office

Non-Accredited Training delivered by the SAFC will include the following Masterclasses:

  • Introduction to the Film Industry
  • Introduction to the Camera Department
  • Tailored Masterclasses for specific department areas

Accredited training includes the following Vocational Educational Training (VET) courses:

  • Plan Small Business Finances
  • Maintain Work Health and Safety
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  • Provide basic emergency life support
  • Provide First Aid

Key dates

Applications have now closed.

Applicants notified: Friday 11 June, 2021

Applicants enrolled in VET Training: Wednesday 23 June, 2021

Applicants complete VET Training: Tuesday 31 August, 2021

AFTRS Training to be held July to August 2021, dates TBA

SAFC Masterclasses to be held August to September 2021, dates TBA

Guidelines

Please contact us if you require these guidelines in an alternative format – see contact details for this program below.

Where can I find out more?

For initial enquiries, please contact SAFC Program Coordinator Jess Cahill on 8 8394 2029 or email programs@safilm.com.au

SBS Emerging Writers’ Incubator
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SBS, in partnership with Screen Australia, state and territory agencies Screen NSW, Screen Canberra, Screen Queensland, Screenwest and the South Australian Film Corporation, and with the assistance of the Australian Writers’ Guild and Film Victoria through its Key Placements Scheme, have launched the SBS Emerging Writers’ Incubator: a new, national initiative to support the development of underrepresented fiction writing talent within the Australian screen sector.

Working with some of Australia’s leading production companies, the SBS Emerging Writers’ Incubator will bring the industry together to contribute to greater inclusion amongst Australian screenwriting talent, by providing significant work experience in drama production for up to 18 emerging writers from diverse backgrounds and with lived experiences currently underrepresented in the sector.

For the purposes of this initiative, underrepresented includes those who identify as First Nations Australians; those who identify as culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds; those who identify as Deaf and disabled; those who identify as female or trans/gender diverse; those who identify as LGBTQIA+; and people located in regional and remote areas.

What is on offer?

Each year for the next three years, six successful candidates (Selected Writers), will be employed for 12-month placements in production companies acclaimed for their delivery of Australian drama, from around the country, with placements commencing from July 2021.

Selected Writers will work across the production company’s entire fiction slate (irrespective of commissioning network / platform) and work closely with development producers and others to increase their knowledge and further develop their skills. For a full description of the program, please download the Guidelines (linked below).

Key dates

Applications have now closed.

Applicants notified Monday 2 August, 2021

Successful Writers commence from late July, 2021

Guidelines

Please contact us if you require these guidelines in an alternative format – see contact details for this program below.

Where can I find out more?

Contact SAFC Executive, First Nations Industry Development, Nara Wilson on 08 8394 2020, or email nara.wilson@safilm.com.au

DAF Centralised Indigenous Fellowship 2021
Josh Trevorrow
2021 DAF Centralised Indigenous Fellow SA Ngarrindjeri filmmaker Josh Trevorrow

Launched in 2019 as part of the Centralised initiative, the DAF Centralised Indigenous Fellowship is a partnership between the Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF), the SAFC, Screen Territory, National Indigenous Television (NITV) and Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS Indigenous) that offers an unparalleled opportunity for First Nations practitioners in the Northern Territory and South Australia to accelerate their career to a new level.

Now in its second year, the Fellowship runs over three years with one Fellow selected annually.

DAF will award one year-long Fellowship to support the career development of a First Nations documentary filmmaker resident in either Northern Territory or South Australia.

What is on offer?

Each Fellow will receive support up to the value of $30,000 (excluding GST). In addition, they will receive up to $10,000 of in-kind support to attend training opportunities at AFTRS for an annual program.

Each Fellowship will be a bespoke program designed to meet the needs of the Fellow and may include:

  • Research and development of new documentary work
  • Skills development and training
  • Mentorship
  • Attachment to a relevant professional
  • Travel and accommodation expenses
  • Attendance at industry conferences or festivals
  • Production expenses, including for pitching materials

Key dates

Applications have now closed.

Northern Territory filmmaker Tamara Whyte was announced as the recipient of the inaugural DAF Centralised Indigenous Fellowship in April 2020 – read more.

South Australian filmmaker Josh Trevorrow was announced as the recipient of the second Fellowship in May 2021 – read more.

Guidelines

Please contact us if you require these guidelines in an alternative format – see contact details for this program below.

Where can I find out more?

To find out more about this opportunity, the application process and how to apply, you can either contact your State agency or the Documentary Australia Foundation.


Documentary Australia Foundation
Annie Scoufis
info@documentaryaustralia.com.au
02 9397 1473

South Australian Film Corporation
Nara Wilson
Nara.wilson@safilm.com.au
08 8394 2020

Screen Territory
Melanie McClure
Melanie.McClure@nt.gov.au
08 8951 6434

First Nations Internships at Channel 44
Channel 44 logo

The South Australian Film Corporation has partnered with Adelaide free to air community television station Channel 44 to create new career pathways for South Australian First Nations screen practitioners.

The partnership includes support for up to five First Nations identified interns who will be mentored at Channel 44 across key creative and crew roles. Each internship requires up to 80 hours of unpaid work that will include hands-on experience in television production, along with opportunities to learn new skills and create original content.

What is on offer?

Up to five internships will be created with interns to be mentored by experienced Channel 44 staff, with roles in on set production and within the production office.

Positions and duties available for internships across multiple roles include:

  • Operations Assistant (Production Assistant)
  • Web Development
  • Production Coordinator
  • Social Media and Marketing
  • Broadcast Assistant (Production Assistant)
  • Editor/VFX/Animation
  • Other casual production crew opportunities – hair, makeup, wardrobe.

Key dates

Applications have now closed.

The inaugural SAFC Channel 44 First Nations Mentees were announced in February 2021 – read more.

Guidelines

Please contact us if you require these guidelines in an alternative format – see contact details for this program below.

Where can I find out more?

For more information, contact Albert Jamae, Channel 44 Production and Development Manager on 0420 98 4239 or email production@c44.com.au

Screen Business Planning and Mentoring Program (SBPMP)

The Screen Business Planning and Mentoring Program supports and positions established South Australian screen businesses seeking growth to achieve increased investment into their operations through business planning.

What is on offer?

Six South Australian screen companies will receive up to $5,000 each towards business training and mentoring with a recognised business advisory firm or business mentor. The funds are to assist South Australian screen companies to create a comprehensive business plan for growth and attracting investment.

Following the planning and mentorship phase, the six companies will become eligible to apply for the SAFC’s Screen Business Accelerator Program.

For an overview of both programs and tips on putting together an application, watch our webinar info session on Youtube below:

Key dates

Applications have now closed.

Six businesses were selected for the inaugural SBPMP in December 2020 – read more.

Guidelines

Please contact us if you require these guidelines in an alternative format – see contact details for this program below.

Where can I find out more?

For initial inquiries, contact SAFC Program Coordinator Jess Cahill on 08 8394 2029 or email programs@safilm.com.au

Screen Business Accelerator Program (SBAP)

The Screen Business Accelerator Program supports established South Australian screen businesses to expand, diversify and innovate leading to growth in their business.

What is on offer?

Business Loans of a maximum $200,000 per annum for up to two years.

The loans may be used for slate funding, business capability, financial planning, engagement and retention of personnel, research and development, marketing, new opportunities and innovation.

Only screen businesses who have completed the Business Planning and Mentoring Program are eligible to apply for this program.

Key dates

Applications have now closed.

Two businesses were selected for the inaugural SBAP in in May 2021 – read more.

Guidelines

Please contact us if you require these guidelines in an alternative format – see contact details for this program below.

Where can I find out more?

For initial inquiries, contact SAFC Program Coordinator Jess Cahill on 08 8394 2029 or email programs@safilm.com.au

Travel Funding

Travel funding supports South Australian key creatives with travel expenses to attend professionally significant national or international opportunities. 

Travel funding aims to enable the development and expansion of new networks, audiences and collaborations to build the profile and reputation of South Australian Key Creatives beyond our state borders.

What is on offer?

Travel funding is a contribution towards national or international travel costs for key creatives to attend professionally significant opportunities including: festivals, awards, markets, events and confirmed strategic business meetings.

Funds can be used on airfare, ground transportation, accommodation, and travel insurance only.

Key dates

COVID-19 UPDATE: The SAFC’s Travel Funding program is temporarily on hold.

Please subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed of future opportunities.

Guidelines

Please contact us if you require these guidelines in an alternative format – see contact details for this program below.

Where can I find out more?

Contact SAFC Program Coordinator Jess Cahill on 08 8394 2029 or programs@safilm.com.au

Main image: SAFC Channel 44 First Nations interns Rick Hutcheson, Keith Gilbey, Kiara Milera and Anil Junior Samy.

New voices in film

Meet the inaugural three teams selected for the Film Lab: New Voices feature film skills development program, an initiative from the SAFC and Adelaide Film Festival in collaboration with Mercury CX and with support from Screen Australia.

Image: Film Lab: New Voices participants for 2021.