Investment & Support

Pictured: 2021 RIDE Shorts film, Sunshine. Written by Genevieve Clay-Smith and Bus Stop Films, produced by Genevieve Clay-Smith and Stephanie Dower and directed by Martha Goddard.

Screen Queensland is calling Queensland-based filmmakers from under-represented backgrounds to apply for the second iteration of RIDE Shorts, an opportunity to secure $35,000 to create a nonfiction short film.  

The RIDE Shorts initiative – standing for Respect, Inclusivity, Diversity and Equality – will support the creation of up to four documentary shorts, to premiere at the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) in October.  

Each filmmaker will receive up to $35,000 to create the shorts, and will receive creative feedback and guidance from Screen Queensland and industry experts throughout development, production, post, delivery and distribution. 

This program is open to diverse screen practitioners identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse, female, non-binary, LGBTQIA+, person living with disability, regional or remotely based, under-represented age and socio-economic status. 


RIDE Shorts – Team EOI

If you are applying as a team with a script, please submit your applications via the below link.

Teams can be comprised of a writer/director and will then be paired with a producer, or can be a writer/director/producer team. 

RIDE Shorts – Producer EOI

If you are applying as a solo producers, please submit your application via the below link.

Solo producers will be paired with a writer and director team.


GUIDELINES

WHO CAN APPLY?

This opportunity aims to elevate the careers of emerging Queensland storytellers from under-represented backgrounds. Up to four (4) teams will be selected to deliver a short film project each.  

For the purposes of this program, applications are open to diverse screen practitioners identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse, female, non-binary, LGBTQIA+, person living with disability, regional or remotely based, under-represented age and socio-economic status. 

Applications are open to Queensland teams including writers, directors and producers, with zero to two feature film credits in their nominated role, from an under-represented background. While the preference is to present a complete team at application, writers and directors can apply without a producer if they are open to being swiftly paired with a suitable producer if successful.  

You must also be able to demonstrate that you have agreements in place for any contributors, locations and/or any archive, or an achievable plan of how to get them.  

It is important that your team of key creatives authentically represent the story and characters in your application. If your story includes content or characters from an under-represented background, at least one of the three key creative roles (writer, director, producer) must be held by a person who is representative of that diversity. 

If your project is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander story, some or all intellectual property must be owned by members of this community and at least two of the three key creative roles must be held by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent. If the producer role is not held by an Indigenous person, then an early career Indigenous producer attachment must be brought onto the project. 

HOW DO I APPLY?

Please submit your application via the relevant SmartyGrants link by 5pm (AEST) Monday 11 April 2022. 

Please submit the following:

  • Project title and one paragraph synopsis.  
  • Project outline:  Should include the focus/subject of your film, the structure of the story and contents of the film. (who, what, when where, how).
  • Style/tone: What is your visual style and tone of the project and what action will we see? 
  • Statement of intent – why do you feel this story needs to be told by you? 
  • What is in place to gain access to contributors, locations and/or events? 
  • CV/S, showreels and bios of the Creative Team.  

Teams with a script should apply using the RIDE Shorts form.  Teams can be comprised of a writer/director and will then be paired with a producer or can be a writer/director/producer team. 

Solo producers can submit an application using the RIDE Shorts Producer EOI form to be paired with a writer and director team.

When you submit you will receive a confirmation email. Please notify Screen Queensland if you have not received this within 30 minutes. Following submission, your application’s eligibility will be checked and if approved will then proceed to assessment.  

Your application will be assessed by a panel including members of the Screen Queensland team and representatives from the industry. Assessment will be made against the criteria outlined in the section “What is Screen Queensland looking for?” During the assessment process you may be contacted if further materials are required.

WHAT IS SCREEN QUEENSLAND LOOKING FOR?

We are looking for unproduced short film factual projects that can be made within a budget of $35,000. Each film will be 12 to 15 minutes in length.  

Screen Queensland encourages you to submit projects that speak to the kind of distinct screen stories you wish to create and that can be used as a “calling card” for your work.  

While you may choose to create a “proof of concept” for a longer form project, the short film you make must have a satisfying, complete, stand-alone story.  

Your application will be assessed on the strength of the proposal, specifically noting:  

  • The strength of the project submitted 
  • The potential of the Queensland creative team 
  • The impact on the team, including how this short will lead to further opportunities for under-represented Queensland talent. 
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Please read the below documents before you apply.

You must read our Terms of Trade, QPE definition and our corporate and strategic plans before preparing your application.