Screen Australia has received a whopping 452 applications its initiatives to empower and increase the participation of women in the screen industry, known as Brilliant Stories and Brilliant Careers.
It is the most applications ever received for any Screen Australia funding program.
334 female-led creative teams applied for Brilliant Stories. These teams include new and emerging talent which satisfied the ‘Three Tick Test’: three out of four creative positions (producer, writer, director and protagonist) being female. Successful applicants will receive up to $100,000 for feature films and up to $50,000 for scripted television, scripted online and interactive projects.
Brilliant Careers seeks to create business initiatives for companies, industry organisations and guilds that generate sustainable careers for women. 118 companies from all around Australia applied.
Screen Australia COO Fiona Cameron said: “Screen Australia’s Gender Matters initiative was created to boost the number of female-led creative teams in the screen industry. We have been so encouraged by the extraordinary and high-quality response to call outs for Brilliant Careers and Brilliant Stories.
“Among these proposals and applicants are vibrant and exciting new voices and innovative plans for professional development opportunities. These ‘big picture’ ideas and proposals mean that we can help to foster greater business sustainability.”
Successful applicants will be announced by the end of June.