Skip to main content

Screenwest Update: COVID-19 measures in place. Visit our COVID-19 FAQ page for more details.

These programs are designed to advance projects featuring strong Western Australian stories, content and voices so they can seek further investment or market interest and move towards being production ready.

Open

Crew Attachment Program

Paid attachment (work experience) opportunities for Emerging WA Filmmakers

Producer’s Attachment: Applications close Monday, 20 September at 4:59pm AWST

Productions that receive Screenwest production funding over $100,000 are required to budget for and engage a Western Australian attachment/s, in consultation with Screenwest.

The Screenwest Crew Attachment Program aims to provide on the job experience for Western Australian screen practitioners who are interested in furthering their career and skills, by shadowing an experienced industry professional on a professional production shooting in Western Australia.

The program is designed to address skills gaps that exist (or emerge over time) and are identified as being of the highest priority within Western Australia’s professional below-the-line crew base.

Once the attachment opportunities have been mutually agreed upon by Producer and Screenwest there will be a public call out for applications through Screenwest’s newsletter and Facebook page.

Guidelines

Acquittal Forms

Only for applications not submitted through SmartyGrants

Required Reading

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal. Attachment descriptions for individual opportunities and links to apply will be added as they become available.

Producer’s Attachment

Five week Producers Attachment on an Observational Documentary Series.

Applications open: Wednesday, 8 September 2021
Applications close: Monday, 20 September 2021 at 4:59pm AWST
Expected start date: Monday, 4 October 2021

Professional Development

Screenwest is planning a revised ‘Capability Development Program’ that will mean positive changes to the current ‘Professional Development – Attachments and Internships’ and ‘Mentorships’ funding programs in order to deliver more targeted outcomes for our industry.

It is envisioned that these new programs will be rolled out in late 2021.

In the meantime, you can still access / refer to the current Guidelines, but it is strongly encouraged that you speak with Screenwest prior to making an application. Please contact the Head of Operations if you have any queries.

Guidelines

How to Apply

Please contact the Head of Operations before completing your application. Guidelines guidelines, application forms and  supporting documentation templates are below.

Application Materials

Only for applications not submitted through SmartyGrants

Acquittal Materials

Only for applications not submitted through SmartyGrants

Required Reading

Closed

Breaking the Celluloid Ceiling

A Mentorship Opportunity for Female and Non-Binary Screen Producers

Applications are closed.

A bespoke mentorship program for female and/or non-binary producers to support and grow a more sustainable Western Australian screen industry, build sustainable businesses, and develop domestic and international market opportunities.

The Breaking the Celluloid Ceiling initiative has been designed to meaningfully support three mid-career female and/or non-binary producers to create bold work for film and television.

These producers, working with female and/or non-binary teams, will be mentored by an experienced script development executive over a 6-12month period to develop projects of their choice.

This high-level mentorship aims to hone the producers’ creative skills and market acumen, enabling them to create and pursue projects of high quality with strong audience potential for the domestic and international market. The Development Executive Mentors will be selected by Screenwest in collaboration with the applicants.

Timeline

Applications open: Thursday, 14 February 2021
Applications close: Monday, 22 March 2021

Guidelines

Required Reading

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal during the submission period.

Out Now

An LGBTQIA+ Scripted Web Series Initiative in Partnership with Screen Australia

Applications are closed.

Screenwest and Screen Australia are looking for original, LGBTQIA+ scripted web series proposals that will cut through on any online platform. Screenwest is seeking LGBTQIA+ identifying emerging to mid-career creatives who have a unique and untold story and who want to be part of shaping the future of storytelling on screen.

The world has moved beyond the standard ‘coming out’ template, to narratives with nuanced queer characters and plots. Do you have a bisexual vampire genre romance? Awesome. Or maybe you have a lesbian time-travel drama? Great. What about a children’s show about a mischievous puppy with two mums? Cute! Think outside the box and stretch the bounds of LGBTQIA+ stories on screen.

In line with Screenwest’s current Indigenous Screen Strategy, Out Now will support at least one project with an Indigenous team.

The strongest applications will be shortlisted, receive $2,000 in development funding and will be encouraged to take part in a series of development workshops to get their projects in the best shape possible to apply for $100,000 in production funding.

Watch our video with Screen Australia for some additional application tips and resources.

Timeline

Applications open: Monday, 2 November 2020
Applications close: Monday, 25 January 2021

Guidelines

Required Reading

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal during the submission period.

WA Reflections - Our History Rediscovered

A State Library of Western Australia Collection Film Initiative

Applications are closed.

WA Reflections – Our History Rediscovered is a capacity building program for early to mid-career Western Australian filmmakers to produce short documentary films of up to five minutes in duration.

They will creatively utilise a select list of available items in the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) collection, with the purpose of sharing Western Australian stories.

Timeline

Applications open: Monday, 17 August 2020
Applications close: Monday, 14 September 2020

Guidelines

Required Reading

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal during the submission period.

Elevate and Elevate+

A Short Film Development and Production initiative for Early – Mid Career Filmmakers

Applications are closed.

Elevate is a capability development program providing support for the development and production of scripted short films (live action, animation or web-series), through two funding strands – Elevate and Elevate+.

Its purpose is to provide a calling-card for early to mid-career Western Australian filmmakers, through a multi-phased program involving high-level script and project development prior to moving into production.

Successful projects / teams will have access to specialised script and project development; and be required to attend development workshops/sessions.

In 2020, for the first-time, Elevate+ teams will also receive development funding for an attached long form project.

In line with Screenwest’s Indigenous Screen Strategy 2016-2020, and Screenwest’s Diversity Equity Inclusion Plan, Elevate+ will support at least one project with an Indigenous director and at least one project with a director or writer who identifies as CALD, LGBTQIA+ or as living with a disability.

Guidelines

Required Reading

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal during the submission period.

Resources

© Copyright 2021 Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Back to top