Screen Queensland is calling for expressions of interest from Queensland post-production, digital and visual effects companies to participate in a new traineeship program as part of a drive to grow the post-production sector in the state.
Screen Queensland’s Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Professional Development Placement Program will support year-long, full-time, paid traineeships for up to five early or mid-career professionals across the full spectrum of PDV disciplines including post-production, audio post-production and visual effects.
Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said the introduction of the Program sits alongside the increase to 15 per cent in the state’s PDV Incentive announced last October by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, plus a lowering the minimum spend threshold from $500,000 to $250,000 for greater accessibility.
“Already these competitive changes are having a dramatic impact on the number of productions applying for the PDV Incentive, resulting in an immediate boost to the local post-production sector, which enjoys a first-class reputation, both nationally and internationally,” Ms Munnich said.
“Queensland now has the most competitive PDV Incentive on the east coast of Australia which, in conjunction with the Federal Government’s Location Incentive and Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy, drives even more local, interstate and international companies to engage Queensland post-production facilities.
“This new traineeship program is important in ensuring Queensland has a strong pipeline of post-production professionals to match this increased demand for local, interstate and international productions to choose Queensland to their post work.
“We are supporting the industry to further grow the skills and capacity to meet increasing demand for highly technical post-production work, be it sound, editing, animation, special effects, colour grading and more.”
Post-production businesses operating in Queensland, and with more than 50 per cent of their workforce based in the state, can submit expressions of interest to host up to five placements, for which Screen Queensland will contribute $50,000 each towards a salary in accordance with MEAA industry awards.
Early or mid-career, post-production practitioners who have resided in Queensland for longer than six months can register now to be notified when applications for the traineeships open. Applications are encouraged from those identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, female, LGBTQIA+, culturally and linguistically diverse, living with disability and from under-represented ages and socio-economic backgrounds.
“This is an unmissable opportunity for post houses across Queensland to cost-effectively increase their capacity, while providing invaluable on-the-job training for new talent, eager to gain skills and networks in this exciting, growing sector in our state,” said Ms Munnich.
Recent projects completing post-production in the state include Paramount Pictures’ The Infernal Machine at Serve Chilled; Bronte Pictures’ The Best Surf Movie in the Universe at The Post Lounge; ScaryGirl produced in partnership with Passion Pictures and Brisbane’s Like A Photon Creative; Bluey Seasons 1 to 3 at Ludo Studio; and MGA Entertainment’s LOL Surprise! OMG – The Movie at Pixel Zoo.
Expressions of interest from including full eligibility criteria are available on the Screen Queensland website and close 8 March, 2022.