Camera set to roll with applications open for short films by filmmakers with disability

Published: 3 Sep 2021


Applications are now open to emerging filmmakers with disability for the Screenability Filmmakers Fund that will produce short films for consideration to premiere at the 69th Sydney Film Festival in 2022.

The Screenability Filmmakers Fund offers up to three teams of filmmakers $30,000 each in production finance. An Executive Producer will be appointed to oversee all three projects, and a NSW-based mentor will be engaged to mentor for the production.

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the Fund provides an important platform for up-and-coming filmmakers with disability to develop and showcase their talents.
 
“The Screenability Filmmakers Fund is a significant career opportunity for filmmakers with disability, storytelling and gives audiences at Sydney Film Festival and internationally the opportunity to see stories by people with disability,” Mr Harwin said.

“Screenability is all about strengthening a diverse talent pipeline of people with disability in NSW, and if you have an incredible story to tell I encourage you to apply.”

Sydney Film Festival CEO Leigh Small said Screenability is a critical part of the Festival’s program and its commitment to programming cinema with authentic voices.

“The Sydney Film Festival’s celebration of films by filmmakers with disability is an important part of its program. Screenability is also valued by audiences on the Festival’s regional tour, the Travelling Film Festival.”

Applications are open to short film proposals between 5-12 minutes that appeal to a broad audience (with or without disability content), and can be drama, factual, animation, or experimental.
 
Applicant filmmaking teams must have at least one key creative (writer, director, producer) that identifies as having a disability and be a NSW resident.

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday, 5 October 2021. Visit Screen NSW for more information.

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