(l-r) Shane Krause and Shayne Armstrong.
Screen Queensland has unveiled a new genre initiative, incuBAIT, in which four individuals or teams with genre projects will have the opportunity to fast-track their features via a two-day development workshop run by Queensland writers Shayne Armstrong and Shane Krause.
Armstrong and Krause co-wrote Greg McLean's The Darkness, opening in the U.S. in May, as well as 2008's Acolytes and 2012's Bait 3D.
They are currently developing Tremula, a sci-fi TV series for Michael Rymer (Battlestar Galactica, Hannibal) and Theo: A Haunting, a supernatural thriller for Kristian Moliere (The Babadook).
At the end of the workshop, participants will pitch their project to an experienced genre producer and will then use the development plan as a platform to complete a new draft, which will receive further feedback from Armstrong and Krause.
Applicants may be individual writers, writing teams and may or may not have producers attached.
Key creatives generally should have no more than one feature film credit for the role in which they are attached to the project.
Projects should be at first or second draft stage, have the potential to connect with the market and audiences in Australia and internationally, and be achievable on production budgets of no more than AUD $5 million.
incuBAIT is open only to Queensland creative writers and writer/producer teams, and takes place May 26-27.