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Screenwest has opened applications for West Coast Visions 2018-19. Applications close Monday, 1 April 2019 at 5:00pm AWST.

West Coast Visions is Screenwest’s premiere film fund. Projects supported through this initiative have been highly successful both nationally and internationally.

The fund has helped launch the careers of many WA filmmakers, including:

Zak Hilditch

  • West Coast Visions 2010-11 recipient | THESE FINAL HOURS (2013)
  • THESE FINAL HOURS selected for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight

Ben Young

  • West Coast Visions 2013-14 recipient | HOUNDS OF LOVE (2016)
  • HOUNDS OF LOVE won the Fedeora Award at Venice Film Festival 2016

Stephen McCallum

  • West Coast Visions 2015-16 recipient | 1% (2017)
  • 1% was an official selection for Toronto International Film Festival 2017 and received five nominations at the 2018 AACTA Awards

Maziar Lahooti

  • 2014 Feature Navigator and 2016-17 West Coast Visions recipient (BELOW, filming 2019)
  • Maziar along with writing partner Steven McCall was recently selected for a double-blind script deal with Warner Brothers Pictures through the Australian Script Writing Opportunity

Jub Clerc

Screenwest will host an information session on Thursday, 31 January 2019 to provide applicants with more information about the initiative.

 

About West Coast Visions

Screenwest’s West Coast Visions initiative is a screen industry development program that provides production funding for low-budget features to be produced in Western Australia.

The initiative is designed to uncover, inspire and develop local talent and skills. It supports talented and motivated writer/director/producer teams with distinctive visions who can best utilise this initiative to fulfil their professional potential.

Screenwest commits $750,000 of production funding into one low-budget feature film intended for theatrical release each year under the West Coast Visions initiative.

 

Eligibility Updates

There have been a few key updates to the West Coast Visions guidelines since the 2017-18 funding round.

In response to feedback from the Post West Report conducted early in 2018, the project’s production and post-production must now be conducted entirely in Western Australia in order to be eligible.

The project’s key creatives must also include a first-time WA director and either a WA producer or a WA writer.

Screenwest encourages applicants to think outside the box in terms of traditional production methodology to help increase accessibility in the industry. The recent Raising Films Survey highlighted the need for the Australian screen sector to identify workable actions and address the needs of and issues faced by, parents and carers working in the industry. Screenwest Talent Development Manager Eva Di Blasio is happy to discuss options with applicants.

 

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted by emailing all materials to funding@screenwest.com.au.

For emails larger than 8MB, please send via Screenwest’s Hightail Account:

The full guidelines and application materials are available to download on the Screenwest Development Funding page.

All program guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the Screenwest Terms of Trade.

If you’re interested in applying for West Coast Visions and for the best chance at success, please get in touch with the program contacts listed below to discuss your application before submitting.

Applications close Monday, 1 April 2019 at 5:00pm AWST.

 

Program Contacts

Eva Di Blasio, Talent Development Manager
Screenwest

T: +61 8 6169 2107
E: eva.diblasio@screenwest.com.au

Shaye Guillory, Development & Production Assistant, Scripted
Screenwest
T: +61 8 6169 2114
E: shaye.guillory@screenwest.com.au

 

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