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Media release23 - Apr - 2024

New career opportunities to be created with Screen NSW’s Pathways Development Program

Behind the Scenes on Screenability Short Film Chum. Credit Adam Edwards.

Applications are open for the Pathways Development Program, a new Screen NSW initiative supporting the continuation of a career in screen for emerging NSW creatives with disability.

The program will support three projects from creatives with disability with $30,000 in funding, and support creative teams develop material that is ready to pitch and leverage further development support or secure marketplace finance. Screen NSW strongly encourages recipients of the previous Screenability Film Fund to apply.

Screen NSW’s Pathways Development Program will bridge the support gap for emerging filmmakers with disability by providing ongoing career opportunities and assist in developing their strong and distinctive creative voices.

In addition to funding, the initiative supports creatives to build networks and relationships with experienced practitioners, as well as with experienced industry professionals through the development of the project.

Bus Stop Films will executive produce the program, working with the three successful teams to create a development plan, implement the plan and deliver the required material to Screen NSW. They will also provide accessibility training.

There is no restriction on subject matter or style for projects, and applications could be an adaption of previous Screenability short film projects, but Screen NSW is looking for a one-page synopsis that is compelling, distinctive and has a strong sense of their audience.

Applications will close on Monday 3 June 2024 at 5pm. For more information and to apply, visit the webpage here.

Head of Screen NSW Kyas Hepworth said:

“Screen NSW is committed to supporting increased participation in the screen industry and I’m excited to see the Pathways Development Program launch so we can continue to provide access to and encourage ongoing inclusion through career development in the screen industry for creatives with a disability.

“Through this program, we want to foster and support distinctive and new voices in the screen industry and see inclusive storytelling on screen by our NSW creatives with disability.”

Image: Behind the Scenes on Screenability Short Film Chum. Credit Adam Edwards.