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Emerging SA screen creatives share in $60,000 Quicksilver production funding

29 October 2021
Mercury CX Quicksilver recipients 2021, image supplied
Mercury CX Quicksilver recipients at Mercury CX, image supplied

Mercury CX has announced 10 emerging SA screen creatives will share in $60,000 of production funding through its Quicksilver initiative, funded by the SAFC.

The Mercury CX Quicksilver initiative is South Australia’s short film fund for emerging screen creatives. Mercury CX supports these film productions through funding provided by the SAFC.

Following a callout that saw almost 50 applications for the pool of $60,000 funding, four projects have been selected for the 2021 Quicksilver Fund.

Congratulations to the successful recipients:

Two of the projects were developed during the Mercury CX Springboard initiative in 2021, which saw participants learn from industry leaders including director Richard Jasek, screenwriter and director Julie Kalceff and producer Kirsty Stark, who recently won an International Kids Emmy for First Day.

Mercury CX CEO Karena Slaninka said: “Building craft and creative vision through short-form projects is a key part of the development of screen storytellers’ careers. Supporting productions by SA filmmakers at this stage of their career contributes significantly to the professional development of the emerging industry and the works they create. It showcases the potential of our screen industry on the broader stage.”

SAFC CEO Kate Croser said: “The SAFC is proud to support the development of emerging South Australian screen creatives by funding Mercury CX initiatives such as Quicksilver and Springboard. I congratulate the four successful creative teams selected for Quicksilver 2021 and look forward to seeing their projects come to fruition.”

Mercury CX is a non-profit organisation that supports members and industry practitioners to develop, advance and professionalise their careers in the screen industry, and is funded by the SAFC to provide support to the emerging screen sector. 

Springboard and Quicksilver will return in 2022. 

To read more about these projects, check out the Mercury CX newsletter.

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