Dubbed Untapped, the nine-month online development program aims to “open doors to emerging Australian creatives who often find the industry impregnable.”
Los Angeles-based non-profit organization Australian in Film unveiled a talent development program for undiscovered and underrepresented filmmakers on Tuesday.
Dubbed Untapped, the nine-month online program will feature masterclasses from top filmmakers such as Honey Boy director Alma Harrell, Thor: Ragnarok Helka Tika Waiti, late-night director Nisha Ganatra, and search co-producers, Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers.
Priority for inclusion in the program will be given to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander filmmakers, as well as people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and people living in remote locations. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.
AEF Executive Director Peter Ritchie said, “We see and understand the frustrations and struggles of underrated and overlooked filmmakers in Australia, and together with our partners HFPA and Screen Australia, we have established UNTAPPED.” “We want to support their dreams and help them grow as storytellers.
Hollywood is certainly listening to find new voices and UNTAPPED will help open doors for emerging Australian creatives who often find the industry impregnable. ” After the masterclass, five creators or teams will be selected for the four-month intensive workshop for the uncapped development lab.
Lab participants will receive personal mentoring, story consulting, and professional support from executives at several companies, including Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films, Margot Robbie’s Luckchap Entertainment, and Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories. Uncapped, which runs from April to December 2021, is launched in collaboration with Screen Australia and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The film features Australians founded in 2001 to offer programs such as the Heath Ledger Scholarship to support and promote Australian filmmakers. Its headquarters are located at Raleigh Studios, where film screenings and discussions are regularly held for members. There is also a networking space for screenwriters and directors, who work and collaborate on projects.