Investment & Support

AFTRS Talent Camp 2022

October 25, 2021

Applications due: Monday 6 December, 11.59pm AEDT (10.59pm AEST in QLD)


The Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS) is calling for applications for Talent Camp 2022 – a 5-day intensive screenwriting, producing and directing program for practitioners from under-represented backgrounds to develop comedy, drama and documentary films or series (including web series). 

Screen Queensland will support up to 15 Queensland practitioners to attend the program.

Talent Camp, first established in 2017, aims to increase diversity and inclusion in the screen industries by providing career enhancement opportunities to early career and/or aspiring screen content creators from diverse backgrounds. The program recognises diversity as differences in gender, Indigenous identity, cultural and linguistic diversity (CaLD), disability, sexual orientation, geographic location and socio-economic status.

With a focus on building crucial screen skills across industry sectors, Talent Camp 2022 will be a two-part project: one centred on narrative screenwriting, producing and directing for comedy and drama, and one on documentary directing and producing. This year, submissions will be accepted for both film and episodic web/TV series (long or short form).

Following the completion of the national programs, Talent Camp will fund one narrative and one documentary short form work, whether a short film, pilot episode or proof of concept, with $20,000 allocated for a comedy/drama production and $15,000 for a documentary production.

AFTRS Talent Camp 2022 is a multi-partner screen industry initiative made possible with the generous support of Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, Screen NSW, Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania and South Australian Film Corporation.


For the Comedy and Drama workshops, there will be five state-based camps held in Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and Adelaide. Twelve to fifteen participants from each state will be chosen to attend the camp in their respective states.

The five-day State Talent Camps will focus on the bigger picture, diving into the ins and outs of story development, producing and directing considerations and career pathways, including industry information sessions to connect with experienced producers. The project you submit is used as a reference to apply these learnings to and is not the core focus of the workshop.

Note: These state-based workshops will be followed by one National Talent Camp for narrative, with two participants from each State Camp selected through a separate application process.

Workshop dates: Tuesday 3 May – Saturday 7 May
Workshop location: Brisbane (Venue TBC)


  • The applicant generates excitement about their creative potential; and
  • The submitted story idea or portfolio has the potential to generate fresh on-screen experiences for audiences.

Please note: The Victorian State Camp will focus on a creative portfolio, while the other states will concentrate on a specific project.

This is a competitive process, so applications that best demonstrate these criteria will be supported. Please note, we do not offer feedback on applications, and all decisions are final.


The Documentary workshop will take place as a National Talent Camp only, with two applicants selected from each of the five states across Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia. The participants will attend a one-week workshop, hosted in Melbourne. The workshop will be held during the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), to allow for participants to engage with the industry’s premier event for documentary filmmakers.

The Documentary Camp will:

  • Introduce participants to diverse forms of documentary making and new practices
  • Highlight employment-ready strategies for entering industry roles; and
  • Offer post-workshop mentoring and support, prior to submitting for production funding


Workshop dates: Sunday 6 – Friday 11 March
Workshop location: Melbourne, during the Australian international Documentary Conference (AIDC).


  • The applicant’s story concept demonstrates distinctiveness in its perceived ability to surprise, engage and entertain audiences;
  • The appropriateness of the story concept for its respective platform, whether film or episodic; and
  • The applicant generates excitement about their creative potential

This is a competitive process so applications that best demonstrate these criteria will be supported. Please note, we do not offer feedback on applications, and all decisions are final.