Screen Australia to hold genre workshop

Screen Australia, in partnership with Warp X and Madman, will hold a two-day workshop in November to develop feature film concepts that steer two well known genres – comedy and thriller – in new and original directions.

The two-day workshop, called Keep Your Wits About You, will be held in Melbourne on 17 and 18 November 2008.

Applications are sought from writers or writer/directors who understand that a thriller should be thrilling and a comedy should be funny, but can push the genres in unexpected, innovative and inspired ways for a 21st century marketplace.

When developing either, you’ll need to keep your wits about you – and so will your audience. Ideas must have the potential to communicate to a local and an international audience, and be made within low-budget parameters of contained cast and locations. Submissions will be in the form of a one-page outline of the film concept.

Representatives of the partners, as well as industry players with proven comedy and thriller talent, will mentor at the workshop during one-on-one and group sessions. Successful applicants will, where required, have their travel and accommodation costs covered to attend the workshop.

Applications close Friday, 5 September 2008. Guidelines with detailed information can be obtained here: