Screen Queensland is leading the way as the first screen agency in Australia to develop and finance a feature film to premiere exclusively on a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, announced Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira.
“Screen Queensland is partnering with Australian SVOD service Stan in ‘Queensland Originals’ to develop and finance a $1 million feature film,” Ms Vieira said.
“Queensland Originals is a chance for a Queensland producer and creative team (comprising writer, director or writer-director, and producer) to develop and produce a $1 million feature film, fully financed by Screen Queensland.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Queensland’s industry and will go far to develop our local filmmakers, employ crew and create jobs.”
“Queensland Originals creates opportunities for the best creative talent in the state to create and produce standout stories for the screen,” Ms Vieira said.
Three successful teams will be given support from concept to draft with workshops convened by New York producers Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell, alongside feedback on concepts and guidance through the workshop process from partners Stan.
One team of the three will go on to receive production, distribution and marketing support comprising a $1 million production budget, an ‘event’ theatrical and festival release and exclusive SVOD distribution through Stan.
“Stan is thrilled to partner with Screen Queensland on this great initiative to discover and develop local talent and to be the home of the first Australian SVOD-exclusive feature film commission,” Nick Forward, Stan’s Content and Product Director, said.
“Having recently wrapped production on our first original TV show No Activity, Queensland Originals is yet another key element of our ongoing strategy to develop original and unique Australian stories for the screen.”
Applications are open to experienced Queensland producers working with writers and writer-directors with no more than one feature film credit or equivalent.
Applications close 21 August, 2015. Please click here for the guidelines.