Australians in Film Announces UNTAPPED Launchpad
UNTAPPED, a talent development program for undiscovered and under-represented Australian filmmakers, has been launched by Australians in Film (AiF) in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and Screen Australia.
The program, which includes masterclasses from visionary filmmakers who are boldly breaking down industry barriers and mentorship from internationally successful and high-profile production companies, is designed to give emerging Australian screenwriters and directors the education and access needed to fast track their careers and their projects.
The nine-month program, which runs online from April – December 2021, will provide tangible creative pathways and foster exciting collaborations for a new generation of Australian filmmakers. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ persons, culturally diverse peoples, and people living in remote locations will be prioritised.
The program begins with five open-access online masterclasses for all eligible applicants. Featuring conversations with Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers (Search Party), Nisha Ganatra (The High Note; Late Night), Alma Har’el (Honey Boy; Bombay Beach), Warwick Thornton (Mystery Road; Sweet Country), Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit; Thor: Ragnarok), the masterclasses will give UNTAPPED applicants a window into the artistic processes and strategies for creative success from some of the most innovative artists working today.
Following the masterclasses, five creators or creative teams will be selected for the UNTAPPED Development Lab, a four-month intensive mentorship program. Selected Lab participants will receive individualised mentorship, story consultation, creative feedback and professional development support from top industry mentors including executives from Blossom Films, Made Up Stories, LuckyChap Entertainment, See-Saw Films and Truant Pictures.
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