SOUTH COAST FILM MAKING

My LIFE

FILM PROJECT

Are you aged 17-21, living on the South Coast, Southern Highlands, or Batemans Bay areas, with a passion for digital storytelling and filmmaking? We want to hear from you.

We want to hear your stories about your life, living on the South Coast during recent challenges of flood, fire and pandemic.

What has been your experience? How has living in a regional area helped you or affected your experience? What has made you angry or sad? What's made you laugh?

We want to hear your story, whether it's comedy, drama, tragedy or doco. This project will help you turn your story idea into a short film.

You are eligible for this project if you live on the South Coast, Southern Highlands, Kangaroo Valley, Kiama, Bateman's Bay or Far South Coast regions, AND you're aged between 17 and 21 years. The project will provide mentorship from industry professionals through the process of filmmaking. 

Got questions? See our FAQ (film associated questions) below or contact us anytime.

Online expressions of interest applications are now open.

 

Program details

  • Duration of this project is 12 weeks from late January 2023.
  • Learn the process of filmmaking from beginning to end, from industry professionals.
  • Online workshops will be hosted in the evenings one night per week.
  • Workshops include both face-to-face and online sessions focussing on short film.
  • Participants will receive industry mentorship in story development, scriptwriting, production planning, filming, post-production and screening.
  • On completion, short films will be published and shared across web platforms including short film festivals reaching local, State, national and international audiences.
  • Participation in the program is free of charge (no cost) for ten selected young aspiring filmmakers.

Check out the project Terms & Conditions.

FAQs — Film Associated Questions

Will I get to keep my film at the end?

Yes, your finished product is yours to keep! We just ask for screening rights for the first 12 months after the project has completed. (We will use it inspire other creative initiatives.) These rights will be further explained to successful applicants. 

What will my budget be?

There are no budget restrictions for the film you want to make, but our professional mentors will work with you to ensure you can complete your film in the time constraints of 13 weeks. It's also a good idea to remember that some very good films have been made for less that $200!

Can I do this course while I sit my HSC in 2023?

Yes. Last year we had several participants who successfully juggled their commitments in year 12 with the filmmaking project. Many used our mentorship to help them complete their HSC major work (note this is allowed because you're not paying us and we're not doing the work for you; just providing guidance and professional advice in the same way your teachers do at school).

 

Where will the workshops take place?

The program will begin with a face-to-face orientation at our office in Culburra Beach, with the rest of the workshops held online, one night per week. We will sort out availability and access once participants are selected. Filming sessions and screenings will be face-to-face.

Will I need permission from actors I use?

Yes, you will need to gain written permission from anyone who appears in your film. We recommend you ask everyone sign a release form before you begin any shoots. You will also need to ask permission from any artists whose music, sound, or work you use in your film. More information about this will be available once the project starts.

Have you done this kind of thing before?

Yes! We ran a similar project in 2020, with nine short films launched in 2021 (after some pandemic interruptions), all made by young legends on the South Coast. Many are now working in the industry, and some have gone on to formal study in filmmaking and storytelling. You can see their films on this website. 

What if I have no filmmaking experience?

No worries! All you really need is a story to tell and a willingness to learn new skills. A passion for filmmaking, movies, cinematography, composition, writing, or any combination of these will be a plus, too. Our mentors are all qualified professionals working in the industry, and are excited to be able to share their experience with young people. 

What do you mean by 'culture'?

We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants from diverse backgrounds and have found themselves calling on their cultural influences in a difficult year. Or, maybe you are living away from home and the South Coast has grounded you during such strange times. 

What do you mean by 'regional area'?

This project is funded by the NSW Office or Regional Youth, which creates opportunities for young people living outside of big cities. To be eligible for this project, you need to live somewhere between Kiama and Eden, along the easy coast or towards the Southern Highlands. If you're not sure, we suggest you submit an EOI and see what happens!

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