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Screenwest is pleased to announce eight successful projects will be funded through the 2018-19 Elevate and Generate Initiatives.

The Elevate and Generate Initiatives are skills development programs that provide support for the development and production for scripted short films or web series.

“The high calibre of creative talent in this year’s projects were exceptional with a strong number of diverse voices being represented on and off the screen,” said Screenwest Talent Development Manager Eva Di Blasio.

“We can’t wait to see the teams bring these projects to life.”

All eight projects selected through the Elevate and Generate Initiatives will be Executive Produced by Rikki Lea Bestall. Rikki will assist with the development process with each of the successful projects and will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of the productions.

“I am honoured to be working with such a talented, passionate group of filmmakers on a variety of inspiring and entertaining short films,” said Rikki Lea Bestall.

In addition to the support of an experienced Executive Producer, this year’s Elevate and Generate teams will partake in a two-day workshop that will focus on moving their projects closer to production.

The workshop will involve working with experienced heads of department to garner a greater understanding of all aspects of filmmaking including safety, budgeting and scheduling, as well as gather valuable creative feedback.

Letters of offer have been issued to the projects below.




  • Producer: Emilia Jolakoska
  • Writer: Miley Tunnecliffe
  • Director: Miley Tunnecliffe


IN AUSTRALIA is the story of a migrant’s fight for freedom from an oppressive relationship, in a country she struggles to understand.



  • Producer: Cody Greenwood
  • Writer: Tina Fielding
  • Director: Jacqueline Pelczar


A 37-year-old woman with Down syndrome runs away from home and embarks on journey from Kalgoorlie to Perth.

She makes an unlikely friendship with an outback drag queen, teaching us all to embrace individuality and accept others with humility and grace.



  • Producer: Georgia Landre-Ord
  • Writer: Danni Booth
  • Director: Danni Booth


A dress, a ball and a desire for equal rights changes the small town of Broome for good.




  • Producers: Alison Rodrigues and Cassandra Nguyen
  • Writer: Cassandra Nguyen
  • Director: Cassandra Nguyen


A shy uni student gets caught up in a robbery at an Asian grocery store.



  • Producer: Cody Greenwood
  • Writer: Karla Hart and Cody Greenwood
  • Director: Karla Hart


A young Indigenous girl struggling to engage with her culture learns of Tooly, the sign of an impending death in the family.



  • Producers: David Kucha, Lauren Brunswick, Rania Ghandour and Mollie Hewitt
  • Writers: Kook Makim Manuer and Poppy Van Oorde-Grainger
  • Director: Poppy van Oorde-Grainger


A teenage boy’s first day at an Australian school reminds him of the perils he faced as a child in the Sudanese wilderness.




  • Producer: Stephanie Davis
  • Writer: Emma Vickery
  • Director: Emma Vickery


When Christine has to look after her dementia-suffering mother, she finds herself torn between daughterly duty and bitter resentment. She must forgive her flaws in order to give her the care she never got.



  • Producer: Stephanie Cole
  • Writer: Mathew Bowles
  • Director: Matthew Bowles


Middle-aged used car salesman quits his job to pursue a career as an MC in the south-western hip-hop scene.


About the Funds

Elevate Short Form Development and Production Initiative

The Elevate initiative is a skills development program providing support for the development and production of scripted short films (live action, animation or web-series) to provide a calling-card for early to mid-career Western Australian filmmakers.

Elevate is a multi-phased program involving high-level script and project development prior to moving into production.

The program consists of two strands, Elevate30 and Elevate70, both of which have a diversity element again highlighting Screenwest’s commitment to its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan and ensuring access opportunities to all WA practitioners.


Generate Initiative

Generate is a skills development program providing support for early-career Western Australian filmmakers to make imaginative drama, comedy and animated short films or web series pilots.

The objective of Generate is to give talented new-comers to the screen industry, or new-comers to directing, a chance to take their skills to the next level.


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Posted 07 March 2019

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