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Screen Queensland seeks early career creatives from diverse backgrounds for Talent Camp

Early career storytellers and screen content creators from diverse backgrounds can develop their skills through the Queensland TALENT CAMP, a new program presented by Screen Queensland in partnership with the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS) and Screen Australia.

Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira said TALENT CAMP was a practical way to address a lack of diversity in the Australian screen industry.

“The need for more diversity in how we show and tell the stories of contemporary Australia is an issue that the entire industry has identified and one that we are working collectively to solve,” Ms Vieira said.

“Up to 15 Queenslanders will be selected to participate in the five-day workshop, which focuses on story development, screen producing and career pathways.”

TALENT CAMP will be delivered in Brisbane between 30 October to 3 November by industry experts.

TALENT CAMP is open to talented creatives from under-represented communities in screen culture with reference to cultural background, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographic and/ or socio-economic circumstance. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications are open to participants who are passionate about storytelling, have something original to say and are interested in exploring a career in screen media.  Applicants will have produced work across any creative platform, for example, screen, theatre, spoken word, podcasting, photography, and YouTube.

The TALENT CAMP workshops will run in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Perth, and Darwin.

Neil Peplow, CEO AFTRS said “We welcome creative people who are passionate about storytelling in whatever artform and are interested in exploring a career in screen media. To bring this important initiative to life, I’m delighted for AFTRS to be playing a central role in a screen sector-wide collaboration.”

Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason said, “Screen Australia is thrilled to see the screen sector come together for Talent Camp, and we have high hopes that this opportunity will start to deliver real change.”

Funding will be available to assist successful Queensland participants to participate in the workshop, with support for travel, accommodation and other access requirements.

For more information and to apply visit www.aftrs.edu.au/talentcamp.

TALENT CAMP is a multi-partner screen industry initiative made possible with the support of AFTRS, Screen Australia and state screen agencies: Screen Queensland, Create NSW, Screen ACT, Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania, South Australian Film Corporation, Screenwest and Screen Territory.

The deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 28 August 2017.