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SAFC launches new First Nations Short Film initiative with applications open now for writers

28 January 2022
Edoardo Crismani in rear behind the scenes of Deadly Family Portraits: Crombie Crew
Behind the scenes of SAFC supported short film Deadly Family Portraits: Crombie Crew.

The SAFC has today launched a new short film initiative to advance the careers of South Australian First Nations filmmakers, with phase one applications open now for screenwriters.

Up to six First Nations writers will be selected for the First Nations Short Film Writers’ Program, in which they will work with an experienced script consultant through workshops and mentoring over a six month period to develop their short film concepts into polished final drafts. Participants will also receive assistance in developing a production budget and schedule.

The developed projects will then be eligible for production funding through phase two of the initiative set to open later this year – the SAFC’s new First Nations Short Film Production Program, which will see teams of First Nations South Australian writers, directors and producers take their short films into production supervised by an experienced Executive Producer.

SAFC CEO Kate Croser said: “We are pleased to launch the first phase of the SAFC’s new First Nations short film initiative, created to develop the skills and experience of South Australian First Nations screenwriters and filmmakers.  We know short form experiential film programs have fantastic outcomes for the participants, who gain credits and experience, and create networks within the industry. This is the next step forward for our talented and growing First Nations cohort of writers, directors and producers to further develop their craft and advance their careers in the screen industry.”

SAFC First Nations Industry Development Executive Nara Wilson said: “It is very exciting to launch this new First Nations specific short film initiative, the first such program from the SAFC since 2017. I look forward to working with newly appointed SAFC First Nations Screen Strategy Executive Pauline Clague to deliver this and other innovative programs to grow and support South Australia’s First Nations screen sector.”

Short film initiatives are a key pillar of skills development for First Nations key creatives and crew, and underpin the delivery of the SAFC’s First Nations Screen Strategy (2020–2025).

Previous SAFC First Nations Short Film initiatives have included the 2020 Adelaide Film Festival Welcome to Country Video program, which assisted several First Nations practitioners to gain work as Heads of Department with filmmaker Rolf de Heer on his forthcoming feature film The Mountain, and short documentary series Deadly Family Portraits broadcast on ABC iview. 

Applications for the First Nations Short Film Writers’ Program are open until 28 February, 2022. For more information and to apply online, click here.

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