The South Australian Film Corporation has issued a call-out for applications under its new Targeted Diversity Attachment Scheme, for a paid work opportunity on an upcoming factual series specifically for a Deaf or disabled writer or producer.
On Thursday, the International Day of People with Disability, SAFC Disability Screen Strategy Executive Gaelle Mellis was also presented with the prestigious 2020 Australia Council National Arts and Disability Award for an Established Artist.
CEO of the SAFC Kate Croser said: “I am delighted to launch the SAFC’s first Disability Equality Plan, which cements the SAFC’s commitment to boosting representation of Deaf and disabled people in South Australian screen content, and promoting inclusion and diversity in our sector.
“In an environment of abundant choice, audiences increasingly value and seek authentic voices and content that reflects their own lives and experiences – something provided by Deaf and disabled screen practitioners through their fresh perspectives, aesthetics and approach.
“The SAFC values ensuring access and equality for all practitioners across the screen sector, and we recognise that representation is vital for ensuring our screen stories continue to connect with diverse audiences. We commit to working with the sector, and our partners, to prioritise inclusion to find and support diverse voices, and develop the skills and networks of Deaf and disabled practitioners in our state.
“I would like to thank SAFC Disability Screen Strategy Executive Gaelle Mellis for her integral role in developing this plan, and congratulate her on her Australia Council National Arts and Disability Award.”
SAFC Disability Screen Strategy Executive Gaelle Mellis said: “Stories affect how we live our lives, how we see other people, how we think about ourselves and how people see us. To be a Deaf or disabled person is to exist within a society where your image and identity are created by beliefs, values, myths, assumptions and stereotypes by non-disabled people.
“The SAFC values that Deaf and disabled people should be the producers of their own image and storytellers of their own lives. We also understand that if Deaf and disabled people constitute 20% of the population, then they represent a huge talent pool. Therefore, it is vital to embed access across all areas of the screen sector.
“The SAFC’s first Disability Equality Plan seeks to start redressing inequality within the screen sector for Deaf and disabled people and will lead to a cultural transformation across the screen sector. I am very pleased that we are already seeing success within the SAFC’s Full Tilt program, and in the increasing numbers of South Australian Deaf and disabled screen practitioners successfully applying for other opportunities and initiatives.”
South Australian Deaf and/or disabled writers and producers are invited to apply now for the Post-Producer Attachment, which starts in February 2021 at the SAFC’s Adelaide Studios in Glenside. Find out more at safilm.com.au/industry-and-skills#targeteddiversity
The SAFC Disability Equality Plan is the latest in the agency’s ongoing series of successful diversity initiatives: in 2018 the Full Tilt Short Documentary Initiative saw South Australian Deaf and disabled content makers develop and produce three short documentaries for SBS; the 2018-19 Talent Camp targeted Deaf and disabled participants, resulting in a 33% participation rate by Deaf and disabled practitioners; and the newly launched Film Lab: New Voices feature film development program from the SAFC, Adelaide Film Festival and Mercury CX offers specific opportunities for diverse emerging practitioners, including Deaf and disabled filmmakers.
More info is at safilm.com.au/disability-screen-strategy