Jordyn Nolan, who is completing a Film Victoria attachment on ‘Little J and Big Cuz’.

Film Victoria, in partnership with the ABC, Matchbox Pictures and Princess Pictures, has launched a new industry internship program to the provide career pathways for Indigenous and traditionally under-represented Victorian creative talent.

The Victorian Screen Development Internships are open to creatives with a passion for storytelling, regardless of their artistic discipline, providing they have some experience developing, producing, writing or editing creative content, projects or productions.

The paid internships are designed to give participants experience with the full scope of screen content development over a 12 month period, offering placements of up to four months with each program partner. The idea is that interns will learn how to assess pitches, scripts and funding applications with Film Victoria, will shadow commissioning editors at the ABC, and will learn from principal producers at Matchbox Pictures or Princess Pictures.

Film Victoria CEO Caroline Pitcher said: “The Victorian Screen Development Internships target creatives from a cross-section of the arts, tapping into new talent who are passionate about storytelling, and want to forge a career in screen.

“Audiences are thirsty for fresh perspectives from diverse voices. By upskilling emerging creative talent to find and develop screen content, this program provides the perfect platform for discovering new stories.

“Film Victoria is committed to providing career pathways for Indigenous and traditionally under-represented people via placements, attachments and funding programs. By partnering with the ABC, Matchbox Pictures and Princess Pictures to offer internships, we’re creating a unique opportunity to break into the screen industry with tailored, all-encompassing roles which will open new doors.”

Michael Carrington, ABC acting director entertainment and specialist, said: “The ABC is proud to partner with Film Victoria, Matchbox and Princess Pictures in supporting emerging creative talent from diverse backgrounds. Interns will work with the ABC’s leading production teams and commissioning editors in delivering outstanding content to audiences, enhancing the depth and diversity of voices, talent and stories across Australia’s screen industry.”

Matchbox MD Alastair McKinnon said: “For years Matchbox has supported career development for new and underrepresented voices in the screen industry and this internship program is a wonderful opportunity for a passionate and ambitious new voice to kick-start their career.”

Princess Pictures founder/producer Laura Waters said: “It’s too easy in the chaos of production to rely on a known set of people, when in fact our entire industry is driven by surprising practitioners with different points of view. We’re excited to open up access to people we may not have found on our own.”

Two internships are available. Applications are now open, closing May 9. Participants will be selected in early July 2019, and will commence in the second half of 2019. Apply here.

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  1. 2 Internships? Really? This is your effort to “find diverse voices”.
    This is pathetic, offer real internships that are open to anyone and function like a real screen industry that doesn’t just cherry pick based on race.
    Must be the first time these companies have opened their doors in a decade, they’re like Wonka with his factory.

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