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Update: West Coast Visions and Short Form Production Funding in 2020. Plus: Small Screen in Focus In Conversation Event with Niki Aiken

West Coast Visions

West Coast Visions, Screenwest’s premiere film fund, has helped launch the careers of many WA directors, including Zak Hilditch and Ben Young.

West Coast Visions provides production funding for low-budget feature films. The initiative works as a development pathway for Western Australian creative teams and is designed to uncover, inspire and develop local talent and skills.

Screenwest is pleased to announce that it will be running West Coast Visions again in 2020 – watch this space for more information and application dates!

Meanwhile, if you have any questions or would like to discuss a potential submission, please contact our Talent Development Manager, Eva Di Blasio, or our Drama Development Manager, Barbara Connell. Their contact details can be found at the end of this article.


Short Form Production Funding

Screenwest plan to launch a short form production initiative before the end of the financial year. We are in the process of reviewing how our short form programs can have the most impact and create greater career development outcomes for industry professionals. Feedback from the WA Industry Health Check will also help to inform this strategy.

We encourage screen practitioners from every discipline and experience level to participate in the WA Industry Health Check so that we can take this into consideration with future planning. Our Talent Development Manager, Eva Di Blasio, is available to answer any questions you might have.


Small Screen in Focus: An In Conversation with Niki Aken

Date: Monday, 10 February 2020
Time: 6:30pm

Screenwest is bringing out the wonderful Niki Aken as a special guest to launch the new round of Small Screen. Niki will discuss her career successes and provide advice on her tips and tricks navigating the television world of screen writing in a conversation hosted by Talent Development Manager Eva Di Blasio.

Niki will be available to provide script advice to the current small screen recipients in one on one sessions throughout the week. Barbara Connell, Screenwest’s new Drama Development Manager will also be available to answer any questions about our current round of Small Screen.

Registrations for this event are available on the Small Screen in Focus Eventbrite page.


About Niki Aken

Niki Aken is a multi award-winning writer working across drama and comedy.

Niki co-wrote THE HUNTING for SBS / Closer Productions – which won the 2019 AACTA Award for Best Screenplay in Television for Episode 3 “#shittyboys”. Niki also script produced the acclaimed comedy-drama series UPRIGHT, starring Tim Minchin, for Foxtel and Sky UK.  She is the Script Producer on WHY ARE YOU LIKE THIS – an upcoming comedy series for ABC, and was Script Editor for the second series of commuter-comedy SQUINTERS for ABC / Jungle.

Prior to this, Niki wrote on series two and three of acclaimed legal thriller JANET KING for ABC, as well as script editing the second series.  She co-wrote the historical WW1 mini-series ANZAC GIRLS, which was the highest-rating drama on ABC in 2014, and won the 2014 Best Adapted Screenplay AWGIE.

Niki researched and wrote two episodes – including the finale – for the true-crime drama Underbelly: Badness, which was awarded the Best Original Miniseries AWGIE in 2013.

Her other television work includes CHOSEN for Playmaker Media and IQIYI; HYDE AND SEEK for Matchbox Pictures/Nine Network; and THE SECRET DAUGHTER for Screentime/ Seven.


More information

Eva Di Blasio, Talent Development Manager

T: +61 8 6169 2107

Barbara Connell, Drama Development Manager

T: + 61 8 6169 2127

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Posted 16 January 2020

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