Screen NSW announces funding of 10 short productions from regional filmmakers
Screen NSW has announced funding for 10 new short form productions to be made by emerging regional NSW content creators.
A partnership with ABC Regional, SEED: REGIONAL SHORTS offers the 10 creative teams grants of up to $4,000 to create their shorts, which include drama, web series, comedies and factual programs.
The filmmakers represent regions across the State, coming from Ettalong and Lake Macquarie on the Central Coast, Shellharbour in the Illawarra, Bangalow and Lennox Heads in the Northern Rivers, Bega on the South Coast, Broken Hill in the Far West, Dubbo in the Orana region and Newcastle in the Hunter region.
The funding recipients include Lis Shelley, from Lochiel in the Bega Valley, who will write, direct and produce the pilot episode of a six-part series Backwards Man. (Lis is going to be busy as she is also running Film School in Pambula during Youth Week this April).
In line with the Screen NSW gender equity target of 50/50 by 2020, announced in November 2015, to be eligible for SEED, projects were required to have at least one woman in a key creative role.
Teams will be partnered with the Screen NSW Development and Production Team and other screen industry experts, and, where suitable, a local ABC Regional producer, who together will offer production advice and feedback on the projects to the teams.
The finished projects will screen to a wide audience on ABC online screening platforms, which in 2015 had 7.4 million users per week.
SEED has been designed for early career creatives, aged over 18, from regional NSW. Applicants with feature film or television credits in their elected role were not eligible.