Over 30 Projects Get Support From Screen Australia’s Story Development Funding
Screen Australia recently announced that 32 projects are set to get support from its over $1.2 million Story Development funding for the year 2022-2023.
© Just Chidi Things (L-R): Ana Tiwary, Chika Ikogwe, Rose Byrne.
The key industry body listed 19 feature films, ten television dramas, and three online projects as the recipients for the latest edition of the funding program, which is set up to give creatives the assistance they need in expanding their body of work across various platforms and formats.
Funding will be coursed through the program’s two strands, namely, the Generate Fund and the Premium Fund.
Nineteen projects have been chosen to be supported under the Generate Fund, which mainly focuses on lower-budget projects of new and emerging talent or experienced talent wanting to take further creative risks.
Thirteen, meanwhile, are to be assisted through the Premium Fund, which is open to higher-budget projects of ambition and scale from successful screen content makers.
Screen Australia said it is thrilled over the selection of the new funding recipients.
Leading the list of funding beneficiaries is A Way Away, the new feature film of writer-director Sara Kern of Moja Vesna fame, children’s sci-fi animated series Combatoms, and Just Chidi Things from the creative team of Chika Ikogwe (writer/producer/lead actor), Ana Tiwary (producer) and Rose Byrne (executive producer).
Other projects which got approval for funding include:
- Take My Hand. A feature length sitcom/drama about Noah, a newly married young professional with Cerebral Palsy who starts building a life with wife, Libby. The project is co-written by writer/director Jack Dowdell and writer/performer Dean Nash who are firm supporters of representation and authentic casting of disabled people in screen media.
- Owner’s Manual: Operation & Maintenance of the Human Body. A feature-length comedic family adventure about Gabby, a grade one girl with anxiety who thinks she’s broken every time she sweats or jitters. It is the first feature film by writer/director Bradley Slabe, whose short film Lost & Found has garnered awards and generated buzz online with over seven million views.
- Kick It. A six-part online series about Cameron, whose attempt to nab the local women’s AFL championship is threatened when new recruit Angie takes the team by storm. It was developed by the creative team behind the hit TikTok series The Formal.
- Deadbeat Ends Meet. An animated online comedy series that follows housemates Milo (a frill neck lizard) and Indy (a dingo) as they work their way through their mid-twenties and deal with the baggage that goes with in search of who they want to be and what they want to do with the rest of their lives.
- The Ghan. A comedy drama feature film from stage and screen writer Joanna Murray-Smith which centres on a group of travellers out on a trip of a lifetime on board the iconic train, The Ghan
- One Hundred Days. A psychological drama/thriller based on the critically acclaimed novel by Alice Pung of the same title and circles around Chinese migrant, Ma. It is a story about motherhood, autonomy, and protecting the ones you love.
For the full list of projects approved for development funding, check out the Screen Australia website.
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