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GO VIRAL - Regional Filmmakers WANTED

GO VIRAL - Regional Filmmakers WANTED

Create NSW and Screenworks are currently on the hunt for some of the best regional filmmakers NSW has to offer. With their latest initiative GO VIRAL! they will fund up to 5 online creators/teams from across the state to  produce a microfilm of a 5min max duration with a focus on a current social issue. The successful applicants will receive $4,000 in production funding as well as the support of the Executive Producer who will brief and liaise with the successful teams.

What Project Forms are eligible?

Proposals for films must be under 5 minutes long and draw attention to a current social issue close to your heart. The ideal projects will be sharp, specific and uniquely told through any medium whatsoever..it just needs to land squarely on a screen.

Tell your story creatively through any genre, use animation, drama, documentary, comedy, music, satire or anything you like.  

Projects must be:

  • Maximum 5-minute duration

  • Produced and post-produced entirely in NSW

  • Maximum Australian Classification MA 15+

  • Fully developed and ready to shoot on/or close to the end of January 2019

An individual can submit or be attached to multiple applications; however we’d advise you to put your most competitive projects forward.

Please read these guidelines alongside the Create NSW Terms of Trade which outline general eligibility requirements.

Who is eligible?

  • Content creators who have made micro-budget content for online/digital platforms and already have a loyal online audience are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Applicants need to be aged 18 and over.

  • All applicants need to include a NSW-based key creative, individual or company or have at least one NSW-based key creative (writer, producer or director) attached. Meaning that they must be based in and working from NSW, and ordinarily have lived in NSW for at least six months immediately prior to the date of the application.

  • Applicants may not be a fulltime employee of a broadcaster or enrolled in fulltime tertiary study. Applications from part-time broadcast employees and students will be assessed on a case by case basis.

  • Applicants can be individuals or teams. Teams are required to include at least one female key creative.

  • You can submit or be attached to multiple applications; but we do advise you to put your most competitive projects forward.

  • You must hold the rights in your project.

  • You must be available to produce your micro-film to these key deadlines (subject to change)

    • w/c 26 Nov 2018 – Shooting script delivery.

    • w/c 21 Jan 2019  – Micro-shoot period (3 – 5 days max)

    • w/c 11 Feb 2019  – Rough cut delivery

    • w/c 11 Mar 2019  – Fine cut delivery

    • w/c 01 Apr 2019  – Final Delivery

An important note on diversity:

Create NSW and Screenworks are committed to supporting increased participation in the screen industry of people from under-represented groups including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CaLD backgrounds, people with disability, LGBTQI people, people from western Sydney and people from regional NSW. Priority will be given to teams including people from under-represented groups. Please consider inclusiveness, accessibility and diversity when forming your filmmaking teams.

When can I apply?

NOW!!! Closing date for submission is midnight on Sunday 14 October 2018. 

  • Complete this online application form

  • Upload the following support material to this dropbox link

    • A 1-2min video pitch to camera describing your idea: Why is it important? How will you execute it? How and where will you find your audience(s)?

    • Draft script and/or storyboards (preferably both)

    • Your current CV: please include any credits relevant to creating online content.

If you’re a content creator with a truly brilliant idea who just needs a hand to prepare it for the application process, please contact Screenworks Project Coordinator, Louise Hodgson on 6681 1188 or coord@screenworks.com.au

The Funding:

  • If successful, you will be allocated funding of $4,000 (ex GST) to make your micro- film (maximum length of 5 minutes).

  • If selected, you will be required to submit a production budget template to demonstrate how you will spend the funding.

  • Budgets that exceed $4,000 will be accepted, however please indicate how you plan to make up the extra e.g.: through crowdfunding, corporate donation, in-kind.

Interested? Tell your story and GO VIRAL!

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