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Talent Camp

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).

 

MEET THE 2022 TALENT CAMP PARTICIPANTS

Narrative workshop

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

NEW SOUTH WALES
Workshop dates: Monday 2 – Friday 6 May
Workshop location: Sydney

QUEENSLAND
Workshop dates: Monday 9 – Friday 13 May
Workshop location: Brisbane

VICTORIA
Workshop dates: Monday 16 – Friday 20 May
Workshop location: Melbourne

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Workshop dates: Monday 23 – Friday 27 May
Workshop location: Adelaide

TASMANIA
Workshop dates: Monday 30 May – Friday 03 June
Workshop location: Hobart

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.

Documentary workshop

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 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

WORKSHOP DATES

National DOCUMENTARY Talent Camp
Workshop dates: 8-12 August
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.

Application Details

TALENT CAMP 2022 IS NOW CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS.

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.

For questions contact talentcamp@aftrs.edu.au.

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 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

AFTRS Talent Camp is a multi-partner screen industry initiative made possible with the generous support of Screen Australia, Screen Queensland, Screen NSW, VicScreen, Screen Tasmania and South Australian Film Corporation.

Got a question?  Contact us: talentcamp@aftrs.edu.au or 02 9805 6469.