Investment & Support

Nice Shorts sketch comedy initiative

July 29, 2019
Closing Date: 12 Aug 19

Queensland writers, directors, crew and on-screen talent are invited to apply for the Nice Shorts sketch comedy initiative, which will see the successful applicant’s working along side some of Australia’s best comedy writers and performers including Nick Boshier (Bondi Hipsters, #7DaysLater, Soul Mates) and Jazz Twemlow (Tonightly, The Roast), to create four episodes of a 16 x 3-10min online sketch comedy series.

Sketch Comedy Initiative - Nice Shorts

Applications closed 5pm, Mon 12 Aug 19. 

When: Writers must be available for writers’ rooms and to write fast-turnaround episodes across a number of days in Aug, Sep and Oct (dates TBC). Directors and onscreen talent must be available for a one-week shoot in mid-late Oct.*
Where: Brisbane
Successful applicants will work with an experienced creative team to generate episodes of a comedy sketch series that tackles big ideas in a funny way!

Applications are now closed – successful applicants will be contacted shortly. 

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About Nice Shorts

Screen Queensland and Screen Australia have partnered with Bunya Productions, Nick Boshier and Jazz Twemlow to deliver the Nice Shorts Sketch Comedy Initiative, which will see the development and production of an online sketch comedy series that tackles big ideas in a funny way.

The content will tap into national and international conversations to create engaging comedy videos for weekly release via social platforms.

A team of some of Australia’s best comedy writers and performers has been assembled around the project including Nick Boshier (Bondi Hipsters, #7DaysLater, Soul Mates), Jazz Twemlow (Tonightly, The Roast), Nazeem Hussain (Legally Brown), Greta Lee Jackson (Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am), Penny Greenhalgh (The Checkout, The Lost Tapes) and Bjorn Stewart (Get Krackin’, Black Comedy). And now the team are looking for early-career Queensland comedy writers, directors, on-screen talent and crew to come on board the series.

At least 3 Queensland writers and 3 Queensland directors as well as on-screen talent and crew will work alongside the experienced team to create 4 episodes to be written and filmed in Queensland.

Who can apply?

Early career Queensland writers and directors that are interested in mastering their skills in sketch comedy.

Queensland crew and on-screen talent that would like to be part of the four episodes that shoot in Queensland can also submit an EOI for consideration.

How to apply? 

  1. Download and read the guidelines
  2. Collate the required documents: CV and short bio with links to previous work; A link to a short video (max. 3 min) or provide a short statement (max. 200 words) explaining why you should be a part of the team; A response to the questions the questions outlines in the guidelines document. Writers will also need to provide a comedy screenwriting sample.
  3. Complete the online application form before 5pm, Mon 12 Aug 19.