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AFTRS Share Some Good workshop 2017. Photo: Dr Benny Baharuddin

Screenwest, in partnership with the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS) and Screen Australia, announces TALENT CAMP WA, a unique workshop program to support emerging storytellers and screen content creatives from diverse backgrounds to bring their stories to screen.

TALENT CAMP WA is the first in a series of workshops to be held across the country. The workshop will focus on screen story development, producing and career pathways.

Renowned producer Kath Shelper (RUBEN GUTHRIE, SAMSON & DELILAH) and story developer Brita McVeigh will be the Western Australian workshop leaders.

Rikki Lea Bestall, Screenwest Director Development said TALENT CAMP WA will provide a unique opportunity to learn more about screen craft from renowned professionals.

“If you have produced creative works, are passionate about storytelling and are interested in exploring a career in screen media, we want to hear from you,” she said.

“Experience in filmmaking is not essential.  Your past creative work could be from across a range of media such as theatre, spoken word, podcasting, photography, or YouTube. We encourage wide participation in the program.”

TALENT CAMP WA is seeking participants from under-represented groups in the screen industry with specific reference to cultural background, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographic disadvantage and socio-economic status.

Up to 12 participants will be selected for the free workshop which will take place in Perth over five full days from Monday, 11-15 September 2017. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives are strongly encouraged to apply.

Funds will be made available to contribute to flight and accommodation costs for participants from rural or regional locations.  All other access costs will be met.

TALENT CAMP WA puts into action the recently launched WA Screen Industry Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap which aims to develop and produce screen content that is as diverse as its audience, by including stories that draw from a range of experiences and perspectives and by promoting diverse talent.

Details regarding eligibility criteria and application processes can be found on AFTRS TALENT CAMP website www.aftrs.edu.au/talentcamp.  Please direct your enquiries to Christina Alvarez, AFTRS on 02 9805 6624 or Alan Payne at Screenwest on 08 6169 2111.

The deadline for applications is 9:00am AEST on Monday, 10 July 2017.

TALENT CAMP is a multi-partner screen industry initiative made possible with the support of leading community cultural organisations, AFTRS, Screen Australia and state screen agencies: Screenwest, Screen Queensland, Create NSW, Screen ACT, Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania, South Australian Film Corp and Screen Territory.

WORKSHOP FACILITATORS

BRITA McVEIGH

Brita is a Dramaturg, Directing Coach and Story Consultant working with actors, directors, writers, producers, editors and cinematographers. Brita has contributed to the development of more than 120 feature film, short film, television and theatre projects. Brita is a guest teacher at AFTRS and is an advisory board member and Story Advisor at Story Camp Aotearoa, a five-day residential screenwriting retreat for feature film screenwriters in New Zealand. Brita has been Chair of Script to Screen, a NZ based screen industry professional development agency and has facilitated numerous story workshops to help filmmakers reach the next stage in their creative careers.

KATH SHELPER

Kath Shelper is the producer of many celebrated films most noticeably SAMSON & DELILAH, which won the director Warwick Thornton the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. The film took out many other awards around the world.  Kath currently produces the ABC sketch comedy series, BLACK COMEDY, which has had two series screen in 2014 and 2016, winning an AACTA Award and nominated twice for a Logie. Her last feature film RUBEN GUTHRIE opened the 2015 Sydney Film Festival.

In the last few years Kath has produced THE DARKSIDE, a hybrid documentary-drama with Warwick Thornton (Forum, 2014 Berlinale), ABC TV feature doc  TENDER by artist Lynette Wallworth (AACTA Award Best TV Doco 2015, 2014 Sydney Film Festival) and two chapters of THE TURNING feature film (Tim Winton’s short stories project, Berlinale Gala 2013), with Warwick Thornton and actress Mia Wasikowska in her directing debut. Mia and Kath also made another short film for the MADLY anthology (Tribeca 2016).