Talent Camp is a diversity and inclusion project designed to provide skills development opportunities to emerging storytellers and screen content creatives from diverse backgrounds. 

Talent Camp workshops will run for five consecutive days in each capital city, with 12-15 participants, and will focus on story development, producing considerations and career pathways.

We want to hear from you if you have produced creative works, are passionate about storytelling and are interested in exploring a career in screen media.

Applicants from under-represented communities in the screen industry are encouraged to apply with specific reference to cultural background, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographic disadvantage and socio-economic status. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives are strongly encouraged to apply.

There is no workshop fee for participants. Funds will be made available to contribute to flight and accommodation costs for participants from rural or regional locations. Other access costs will be met.

Workshops will run between September and November in each capital city. Check out the specific details below.

Got a question?  Contact us: talentcamp@aftrs.edu.au / 1300 065 281

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

You are encouraged to apply to Talent Camp if you:

  • are passionate about storytelling and have something to say
  • have produced creative works. This can be any type of creative work including screen, theatre, spoken word, podcasting, photography, YouTube, etc.
  • are interested in exploring a career in screen media
  • can clearly articulate how you will contribute to a more diverse and inclusive screen industry with reference to your cultural background, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographic disadvantage and/or socio-economic status
  • can commit to attending all five days of the workshop as scheduled
  • are 18 years plus
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives are strongly encouraged to apply

FOCUS AND OUTCOMES

The workshops have been designed to include:

  • two days on story development
  • two days on producing considerations
  • one day on career pathways in the screen industry

On completion of Talent Camp participants will:

  • have identified their strengths, weaknesses and next steps in their career pathway
  • have the basic understanding and knowledge required to develop a story idea into a concept or beyond
  • have a basic understanding of how to identify audience, potential finance, distribution and production pathways for specific projects
  • be considered, on a case by case basis, for further talent development opportunities

STATE WORKSHOP DATES

Sign up for updates on the Talent Camp workshop in your state, including when applications open.

Applicants must be able to attend the full five-day program.

Western Australia

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
Applications close: Monday 10 July, 9am AEST
Workshop dates: Monday 11 - Friday 15 September, 9.30am - 5pm
Workshop location: Perth

New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
Applications close: Monday 17 July, 9am AEST 
Workshop dates: Monday 18 - Friday 22 September, 9.30am - 5pm
Workshop location: Sydney

Victoria

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
Applications close: Monday 7 August, 9am AEST
Workshop dates: Monday 9 - Friday 13 October, 9.30am - 5pm
Workshop location: Melbourne

Tasmania

Applications open: Wednesday 5 July
Applications close: Monday 14 August, 9am AEST 
Workshop dates: Monday 16 - Friday 20 October, 9.30am - 5pm
Workshop location: Hobart

Queensland

Applications open: Wednesday 19 July
Applications close: Monday 28 August, 9am AEST
Workshop dates: Monday 30 October - Friday 3 November, 9.30am - 5pm
Workshop location: Brisbane

South Australia

Applications open: Wednesday 26 July
Applications close: Monday 4 September, 9am AEST
Workshop dates: Monday 6 - Friday 10 November
Workshop location: Adelaide

Northern Territory

Applications open: Early August
Applications close: Mid September
Workshop dates: Mid November
Workshop location: Darwin

SELECTION CRITERIA

A selection panel of three (an established filmmaker from a diverse background and a representative from both the state screen agency and AFTRS) will assess applications based on the following criteria:

  • the applicant generates excitement about their creative potential; and
  • the submitted story idea/s have the potential to generate fresh on-screen experiences for audiences

This is a competitive process so applications that best demonstrate these criteria will be supported.

HOW TO APPLY

1. Create a video pitch (up to 3 minutes) or document (up to 3 pages) discussing: 

  • your screen story idea/s which can be in any format (drama, documentary, online, short, feature etc)
  • why you are passionate about telling these kinds of stories or helping others to do so and your interest/goals in exploring a career in screen media
  • your background and/or experiences that contribute to more diverse and inclusive storytelling on screen with reference to your cultural background, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographic disadvantage and/or socio-economic status
  • please allocate roughly equal time/length to each of the above three areas (1 page/minute each)

2. Submit your current CV that includes weblinks to past creative works

This can be any type of creative work including screen, theatre, spoken word, podcasting, photography, YouTube, etc.

To provide examples of your creative work, please embed weblinks in your CV, or upload examples into one file (10 pages max). Files types accepted are PDF, DOC, MP4, JPG, WAV, MP3.

3. Complete the Travel and Access Assistance Form

If you are requesting travel or access assistance please complete Travel and Access Assistance Form and upload with your application.

Applicants will be notified at least four weeks prior to the commencement of the workshop.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Submit your application by clicking on the link for the state you currently live in below:

Western Australia
Applications now open 

Applications close:
Monday 10 July, 9am AEST

New South Wales / Australian Capital Territory
Applications now open 
Applications close: Monday 17 July, 9am AEST

Victoria
Applications now open
Applications close: Monday 7 August, 9am AEST

Tasmania
Applications open: Wednesday 5 July
Applications close: Monday 14 August, 9am AEST

Queensland
Applications open: Wednesday 19 July
Applications close: Monday 28 August, 9am AEST

South Australia
Applications open: Wednesday 26 July
Applications close: Monday 4 September, 9am AEST

Northern Territory
Applications open: Early August
Applications close: Mid September 

Please note you may only apply to one location. Late applications will not be considered.

Talent Camp is a multi-partner screen industry initiative made possible with the support of AFTRS, Screen Australia, leading community and arts cultural organisations and state screen agencies: Screen Queensland, Create NSW, Screen ACT, Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania, South Australian Film Corp, Screenwest and Screen Territory.

Acknowledgement

The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.