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Screenwest announces its new ‘Adaptable’ Initiative, bringing WA books to the screen

Screenwest, in collaboration with Fremantle Press, Magabala Books and Margaret River Press, is excited to announce Adaptable.

This new initiative is designed to increase the number of Western Australian literary stories, particularly those from underrepresented groups and Indigenous writers, being adapted for the screen.

Adaptable kicks off with a ‘Meet the Books’ night on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 at 6:00pm AWST. This Zoom-hosted event will give screenwriters, producers and directors the opportunity to hear a short pitch and participate in a Q&A about each of the books chosen to be part of this new initiative. Copies of all books will be available for interested creatives following the evening. Full guidelines will be available on the Screenwest website the evening of the event.

After the event, creative teams will have the opportunity to create a short, two-page treatment outlining their approach to adapting their chosen book. This treatment is due on 16 November 2020.  From these submissions, Screenwest will select up to three teams to receive further development funding for their project.

Participation in ‘Meet the Books’ is the necessary first step to applying for funds under this initiative. You can register for the event on the Screenwest Zoom webinar page.

Screenwest Development and Production Executive Franziska Wagenfeld said, “Adaptations are proven to be highly successful in the marketplace.  We are thrilled to be working with such great WA publishers and offering this adaptation opportunity to WA key creatives.”


‘Meet the Book’ Event Details

Date: Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Time: 6:00pm AWST
Where: Online through Zoom
Price: Free
Registration: Book your spot through the Screenwest Zoom webinar page


How to Apply for the Adaptable Initiative

The full guidelines, SmartyGrants application link and eligibility criteria will officially launch the day of the ‘Meet the Books’ event on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 on the Development Funding page of the Screenwest website.

Make sure you have registered for the ‘Meet the Books’ event through the Screenwest Zoom webinar page to be eligible for the initiative.

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


Program Contact

For more information about this program, please contact:

Barbara Connell, Drama Development Manager

T: + 61 8 6169 2127


Contact Screenwest

T: +61 8 6169 2100

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Posted 27 August 2020

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