Applications open for Bunya Talent Indigenous Hub – Los Angeles

'Mystery Road' season two. (Photo: David Dare Parker)

Bunya Productions’ Mystery Road.

Mid-career Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander screen creatives with big ideas for TV series or features are invited to apply to the Bunya Talent Indigenous Hub – Los Angeles.

Up to eight Indigenous screen practitioners will be selected to attend the five-day talent incubator in LA next March, presented in association with Netflix and Screen Australia’s Indigenous department.

Open to mid-career writers, showrunners, directors and producers, the participants will develop and pitch a film or TV project and attend meetings and presentations by executives from Netflix and other industry practitioners.

At the end of the incubator, one applicant’s work will be selected to proceed to further development with Bunya Productions as producers, receiving up to $20,000 in further development funding in association with Screen Australia and Netflix Australia.

Penny Smallacombe, Screen Australia’s head of Indigenous, said: “LA provides access to some of the screen industry’s biggest heavyweights. Over the course of the week the Indigenous creatives will not only meet and pitch to Netflix executives but hear from industry showrunners, producers and production companies changing the landscape in the inclusive storytelling space. It’s a great way to demystify Hollywood and build important future networks.”

Nick O’Donnell, Netflix Australia public policy director, added: “At Netflix we’ve seen how great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere. Our local creatives have the opportunity to find audiences all around the world.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Bunya Talent Indigenous Hub in Los Angeles and have the opportunity to work with Indigenous creators to help develop and share their stories.”

Bunya Talent, Netflix Australia and Screen Australia will provide all travel and accommodation. Applications close on December 6.

For more information and to apply online, go here