VICTORIA SETS UP CAMP FOR STORYTELLERS FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS

Applications are open for Talent Camp VIC - a diversity and inclusion initiative for under-represented practitioners wanting to work in the screen industry.

Film Victoria has teamed up with the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS), Screen Australia and other state screen agencies to roll out the national initiative that aims to provide career enhancement
opportunities for early career creatives and storytellers.

The Victorian Talent Camp will run in October and see up to 12-15 creators participate in a five day workshop that will cover the basics of story development, identifying audiences, distribution and pathways for projects.

Storytellers with fresh ideas and an interest in a screen media career are encouraged to apply. Applicants will have produced work across any creative platform, for example, screen, theatre, spoken word, podcasting,
photography, and YouTube.

Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley said: “The Victorian Government is proud to support this initiative as part of our commitment to backing local talent and providing access and opportunities for more Victorians
to bring their diverse stories and perspectives to our screens.

“Victoria is the creative state, and one that values the diversity of our community. It is vital that our creative industries reflect this, both in terms of opportunities for people to develop creative careers and for Victorians
to see themselves reflected on our screens and in our cultural life."

Applications are encouraged from under-represented groups in the screen industry with specific reference to cultural background, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographic disadvantage and socioeconomic
status. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Film Victoria CEO, Jenni Tosi said “Film Victoria is committed to promoting and supporting diversity and inclusiveness in the screen industry. We’re delighted to partner with AFTRS and Screen Australia to assist the
careers of the next generation of Australian storytellers through the Talent Camp initiative.

“We’re calling for bold ideas from Victorian creatives with diverse backgrounds and a keen interest to have a career in the screen industry.”

Talent Camp VIC will run from 9-13 October in Victoria. Applications close 7 August.

For more information on eligibility and the application process, visit the AFTRS website.