Boost for early career screen practitioners

Seven organisations will deliver events and activities aimed at early career screen practitioners through Film Victoria’s Early Career Skills Development Program (ECSDP).

Sharing in up to $390,000, the support covers a diverse range of opportunities – from writer workshops for narrative and VR storytelling, masterclasses for documentary filmmakers, a technical camera course and a story lab for CALD practitioners.

Successful applicants and activities:

Australian Cinematographer Society - Second Assistant Camera Course

The ACS 2nd AC Course spends nine intensive days working through the principles and skills that define a successful and competent 2nd AC. It will be held at a variety of Melbourne camera rental houses, utilising the broad range of equipment a 2nd AC would be expected to be proficient in within their role.

Australian Film Television and Radio School - Make It!

Make It! is a two-day mini-conference event with information vital to early career  screen practitioners, followed by a summer school of short courses, building on the information from the event and the skills shortages uncovered by research. 

Cinespace Story Lab - Cinespace Incorporated

Cinespace presents Story Lab, a program for new screen storytellers from Victoria's diverse and underrepresented communities.  The program runs in three stages. Stage One identifies promising storytellers from diverse Victorian communities. Stage Two brings them together with early career screen practitioners, and fosters further ideation through exchange and collaboration. Stage Three identifies screen concepts with potential and takes them one step closer to realisation. 

Clea Frost - Storytelling for the 21st Century

Taking a platform agnostic approach to story craft, Storytelling for the 21st Century is a suite of programs is intended to immerse early career writers in the fundamentals of narrative storytelling across television, online, gaming and virtual reality. 

Compton School - 3-2-1

Compton School 3-2-1: creating content, building a business, sustaining a creative life is four two-day workshops where participants will gain key domain knowledge in areas such as finance and audience engagement, practice core skills of negotiation and collaboration, and develop personal skills in managing time and stress and making presentations.  Participants will be part of a cohort of up to 36 early career content makers. Over the course of the program they will also meet and spend time with mid- and late career professionals, who will share their insights and give feedback and guidance.

Documentary Australia Foundation - Funding Partnerships & Impact Producing Workshop

Funding Partnerships and Impact Producing Workshop covers four main activities which together deliver a 9-month program of workshops, masterclasses, mentorships and facilitated partnerships with the philanthropic and non-profit sectors in Victoria for Victorian based early career documentary filmmakers. Program Activities include: Workshops, masterclasses, mentorships and industry attachments.

Girl Geek Academy - #SheMakesGames & #SheHacksGames

#SheMakesGames - A one day professional development event for Victorian women to learn about succeeding in the games industry, career pathways and provide networking opportunities.

#SheHacksGames - A weekend long event bringing Victorian women together to create innovative games and learn new skills.

Events and activities will take place over the next 12 months. Check back in as dates and details will be released as programs are finalised. 

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