Five South Australian aboriginal filmmakers have been selected to receive $20,000 each in funding along with mentoring and professional development from some of Australia’s leading film industry figures to make their own short drama.
Edoardo Crismani, Isaac Lindsay, Kiara Milera, Thibul Nettle and Dylan Coleman will all receive funding and support as part of the new SAFC Aboriginal Short Film Initiative – a key initiative of the recently officially launched South Australian Film Corporation’s Aboriginal Screen Strategy 2015-2020.
This week ten South Australian Aboriginal filmmakers, including those receiving the Short Film Initiative funding, are participating in an intensive 5-day Production and Development Workshop at SAFC’s Adelaide Studios. They are joined by three non indigenous emerging producers who will be partnering on three of the projects.
The workshop will be led by Writer/Directors Beck Cole and Warwick Thornton. Beck Cole has extensive film credits, including the feature film Here I Am as well as the AACTA award winning sketch show Black Comedy and the drama series Redfern Now. Warwick Thornton has an extensive career as Director Writer and Cinematographer. His debut feature film Samson & Delilah was awarded the prestigious Camera d’Or at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival, and his short film Nana won the Crystal Bear at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival.
Other guest lectures at the workshops include film editor Tania Nehme (Alexandra’s Project), and cinematographer Allan Collins (Mad Bastards, Beneath Clouds) as well as Screen Australia’s Development Executive Louise Gough.
Workshop participants will receive support and advice from these industry experts on developing their stories, working with Directors of Photography (DOP), Editors, and on production planning, scouting locations and script development.