Talent Camp is a skills development program for creatives from diverse backgrounds, designed to provide opportunities for emerging storytellers to create new content and be employment ready for the screen sector.
Talent Camp 2022 will be a two-part project: one centred on narrative screenwriting, producing and directing for comedy and drama, and one on documentary directing and producing. This year, submissions will be accepted for both film and episodic web/TV series (long or short form).
Talent Camp 2022 is now open for submissions
Submissions close at 11.59 pm on Monday 6 December 2021. See below for more details and to apply.
For the Comedy and Drama workshops, there will be five state-based camps held in Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and Adelaide. Twelve to fifteen participants from each state will be chosen to attend the camp in their respective states.
The five-day State Talent Camps will focus on the bigger picture, diving into the ins and outs of story development, producing and directing considerations and career pathways, including industry information sessions to connect with experienced producers. The project you submit is used as a reference to apply these learnings to and is not the core focus of the workshop.
Note: These state-based workshops will be followed by one National Talent Camp for narrative, with two participants from each State Camp selected through a separate application process.
Workshop dates: Monday 14 – Friday 18 March
Workshop location: Melbourne
Workshop dates: Monday 21 – Friday 25 March
Workshop location: Adelaide
Workshop dates: Monday 28 March – Friday 01 April
Workshop location: Hobart
Workshop dates: Monday 11 – Friday 15 April
Workshop location: Brisbane
New South Wales
Workshop dates: Monday 18 – Friday 22 April
Workshop location: Sydney
NARRATIVE ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
- The applicant generates excitement about their creative potential; and
- The submitted story idea or portfolio has the potential to generate fresh on-screen experiences for audiences.
Please note: The Victorian State Camp will focus on a creative portfolio, while the other states will concentrate on a specific project.
This is a competitive process, so applications that best demonstrate these criteria will be supported. Please note, we do not offer feedback on applications, and all decisions are final.
The Documentary workshop will take place as a National Talent Camp only, with two applicants selected from each of the five states across Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia. The participants will attend a one-week workshop, hosted in Melbourne. The workshop will be held during the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), to allow for participants to engage with the industry’s premier event for documentary filmmakers.
The Documentary Camp will:
- Introduce participants to diverse forms of documentary making and new practices
- Highlight employment-ready strategies for entering industry roles; and
- Offer post-workshop mentoring and support, prior to submitting for production funding
National DOCUMENTARY Talent Camp
Workshop dates: Sunday 6 – Friday 11 March
Workshop location: Melbourne
DOCUMENTARY ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
- The applicant’s story concept demonstrates distinctiveness in its perceived ability to surprise, engage and entertain audiences;
- The appropriateness of the story concept for its respective platform, whether film or episodic; and
- The applicant generates excitement about their creative potential
This is a competitive process so applications that best demonstrate these criteria will be supported. Please note, we do not offer feedback on applications, and all decisions are final.
This program is right for you if you are passionate about storytelling and are interested in exploring a career in screen media.
Talent Camp is a diversity and inclusion program. We encourage applicants 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 on a needs basis.
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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 and are a resident in your state of application for at least six months. Note: temporary protection visa holders are accepted, but international students are not.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives are strongly encouraged to apply
How to apply
SUBMIT A TWO PAGE DOCUMENT IN THE FOLLOWING FORMAT:
- A one-page synopsis for a long or short-form film or episodic web/tv series. Refer to this Screen Australia document for the definition of a one-page synopsis.
(Please note: if your work is narrative, you must apply to a relevant STATE TALENT CAMP. If your work is documentary, you must apply for the NATIONAL DOCUMENTARY TALENT CAMP.)
- A one-page statement on why you are passionate about telling this story, your interest/goals in exploring a career in screen and your background/experiences that will contribute to a more diverse and inclusive screen sector.
SUBMIT YOUR CURRENT CV IN THE FOLLOWING FORMAT:
- A two-page CV with weblinks to past creative works. This can be any type of creative work including theatre, spoken word, podcasting, photography, YouTube, screen, etc.
(Please note: no scripts or other additional materials are to be submitted at this stage.)
File types accepted are PDF, DOC and DOCX.
Submissions are open from midnight on Monday 25 October 2021 and close at 11.59 pm on Monday 6 December 2021. Applicants will be notified at least six weeks prior to the commencement of the workshop.
AFTRS Talent Camp is a multi-partner screen industry initiative made possible with the generous support of Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, Screen NSW, Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania and South Australian Film Corporation.
Got a question? Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 223 877.