Investment & Support

Discovering New Online Voices

March 5, 2024
Image courtesy of Screenworks.

Applications closed Thursday 4 April

Screen Queensland in partnership with Screenworks and with support from Screen Australia, has launched the NQ Discovering New Online Voices initiative to up-skill North and Far North Queensland screen creatives interested in developing short form online projects.

This new initiative will be a two-stage program to provide mentoring and pitch training for up to four individuals or teams, culminating in a pitching opportunity to key online market and funding executives.

Selected participants will be paired with mentors closely aligned to their genre or concept, to provide highly tailored support to develop projects for market. Pitch training for all participants will be facilitated by Abi Tabone of Compton School, with Screen Australia also providing 1:1 sessions to discuss opportunities for their projects. Participants must be available to take part in mentoring, training and the pitch day from June to July 2024. 

Discovering New Online Voices is part of Screen Queensland’s North Queensland Regional Program. 


Stage One – Mentoring and Pitch Training

The pitch training will be facilitated by Abi Tabone of Compton School and the 1-on-1 mentor sessions will be provided to each of the four selected teams/individuals. Mentors will be chosen based on the selected teams content ideas and matched with those that best fit that genre.  This will provide specific input from the industry mentors on their individual projects, including advice on how to develop each project ready to pitch to market.

After the training, the participants will work on their projects independently for a month, applying what they’ve learnt to further develop and hone their pitches.

Stage Two – Pitch Day

The program culminates in an in-person pitch day in Cairns, during which the four individuals or teams present their projects to a panel of four key decision makers including representatives from Screen Queensland and Screen Australia. The individual or team with the most compelling pitch will receive financial support of up to $10,000 to assist in realising their project. 


To be eligibles for this program applicants must:

  • be over 18 years of age.
  • be an Australian citizen or resident, living in North or Far Queensland for a minimum of the past 6 months.
  • be a Screenworks member.

For your application, you will need a:

  • treatment including format, logline, synopsis and character descriptions (up to 10 pages)
  • statement detailing the story you want to tell and why (250 words)
  • video pitch (up to 2 mins)
  • script sample (up to 5 pages) (optional)

Applications are managed by Screenworks and can be accessed here.


By submitting an application to the Discovering New Online Voices initiative, applicants will be bound to the following terms and conditions:

1.  I understand that I need to have been living in North Queensland for more than the past 6 months, and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

2. If selected for Screenworks’ Discovering New Online Voices I understand and agree to be interviewed, photographed or recorded during any part of the program. Any such recording, photograph or interview may be used across any media format for promotional and/or reporting purposes.

3. I agree that, if successful with this application, I will be available (or will make myself available) to take part in Screenworks’  Discovering New Online Voices – workshop and consultations.

4. I understand that applying to the Screenworks’ Discovering New Online Voices does not guarantee that I will be accepted into the program.

5. I acknowledge that Northern Rivers Screenworks Inc. has the right to withdraw any offer to participate in Screenworks Discovering New Online Voices program if it is discovered that any statement made by me in this application is incorrect, incomplete or misleading, in a way that may have affected the application assessment process.

Please note: Screenworks’ Discovering New Online Voices assessment committee, including Screenworks, Screen Queensland and Screen Australia staff, will assess all eligible applications against a set of guidelines and assessment criteria. The Assessment Committee is under no obligation to read all content provided.

Screenworks and the Assessment Committee will not redress errors in applications. If an application is deemed ineligible, it will not be assessed. Screenworks will make the ultimate decision regarding the successful applicants. This decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.