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Apply now: First Nations Short Film initiative returns for round two

12 December 2023
Behind the scenes of SAFC supported short film Tambo with DOP Michael Tessari and director Travis Akbar.

The SAFC has announced the return of its successful First Nations Short Film Production Program, an initiative that boosts the careers of First Nations South Australian filmmakers through script development, mentoring and the opportunity to gain above-the-line short film credits.

Applications are now open for phase one of the program, the First Nations Short Film Writing Program. In phase one, up to six First Nations writers will be selected to develop a 7- to 10-minute short film from early concept to polished final draft, with support through workshops, one-on-one feedback sessions and industry mentors. A networking event will help writers to connect with short film directors and short film producers.

The developed projects will then be eligible for production funding through phase two of the initiative, set to open later in 2024. In phase two writer/director/producer teams will apply, with up to two teams selected for up to $45,000 per project in short film production funding, along with further workshops, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Launched in 2022, the SAFC’s First Nations Short Film Production Program has already seen the development, production and premiere of three short films from up-and-coming First Nations talent: Tambo from writer/director Travis Akbar with producer Wayne Campbell, Black Time, White Time from writer/producer Tammy Coleman-Zweck with director Edoardo Crismani and The Getaway from writer/director Adam Jenkins. The films were selected to premiere this year at SXSW Sydney as part of the Bush Shorts program, and went on to screen as part of the SAFC’s First Nations, First Films showcase at the 2023 Adelaide Film Festival.

(L-R) SAFC CEO Kate Croser, actor Thibul Nettle, Adam Jenkins, Travis Akbar, Tammy Coleman-Zweck and SAFC First Nations Industry Development Executive Tyme Childs at the First Nations, First Films event at Adelaide Film Festival, presented by the SAFC.

SAFC First Nations Industry Development Executive Tyme Childs said: “After the success of the inaugural SAFC First Nations Short Film initiative, it is very exciting to open a second round to First Nations creatives looking to boost their careers in the screen sector. This program provides our cohort of emerging First Nations writers, directors and producers with the opportunity to develop a project, grow their skills and receive valuable industry mentorship. I look forward to ongoing collaboration with SAFC First Nations Screen Strategy Executive Pauline Clague to deliver this program in tandem with other initiatives that will grow and support South Australia’s First Nations screen sector.”

Applications for the First Nations Short Film Writing Program are open until 17 January, 2024. For more information and to apply online, click here.

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