Applications are now open for Talent Camp, a national workshop program to provide skills development opportunities for emerging storytellers and screen content creatives from diverse backgrounds across the country.
The free workshops will run between September and November in each capital city and are open open to participants who are passionate about storytelling, with previous work produced across any creative platform, including screen, theatre, spoken word, podcasting, photography and YouTube. That will be followed by a National Talent Camp in March 2020.
An initiative managed by the Australian Film Television & Radio School with the support of the Australian Writers’ Guild, Screen Australia and all eight state and territory screen agencies, the first Talent Camp was held in 2017, providing emerging talent with access to writing and producing skills in one-week intensive, followed by mentoring and other industry based experiences.
Talent Camp returns this year in search of new talent, new perspectives and new voices that reflect the richness and depth of contemporary Australian society and will focus on episodic narrative, both short and long form, with pathways for emerging talent to develop their own web series and find employment in television series.
The week long workshops will focus on story development, understanding episodic narrative, producing considerations and career pathways. Workshops will begin in Perth and continue to Adelaide, Darwin, Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane and Sydney, with 12-15 participants selected for each state workshop.
Applications are invited from creatives from under-represented communities in screen culture with reference to cultural background, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographic and/ or socio-economic circumstance.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives are strongly encouraged to apply. Regional participants will receive financial support for travel and accommodation.
AFTRS CEO Neil Peplow said: “Talent Camp was incredibly successful in its first year, with a number of participants going onto to find paid work in industry, receiving funding from screen agencies and further opportunities to study and develop their skills. It’s been a massive boost for increasing diversity in the screen sector.
“Through consultation and experience we have fine-tuned this edition of Talent Camp to focus on episodic TV and web content development in order to offer more opportunities for the next wave of diverse emerging talent that are aligned to industry.”
AWG is a key project partner through the Scripted Ink program, which incubates and accelerates quality Australian writers and their screenplays through direct development funding, howcasing them to production companies, broadcasters and investors and assisting in brokering partnerships.
To apply go here.
Monday 16 – Friday 20 September, 9.30am – 5pm
Monday 23 – Friday 27 September, 9.30am – 5pm
Monday 14 – Friday 18 October, 9.30am – 5pm
Location: Alice Springs
Monday 21 – Friday 25 October, 9.30am – 5pm
Monday 28 October – Friday 1 November, 9.30am – 5pm
Monday 8 November – Friday 15 November, 9.30am – 5pm
New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory
Workshop dates: Monday 18 – Friday 22 November, 9.30am – 5pm
Workshop location: Sydney