To have his short film 'Jia' selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival, in addition to being accepted into the festival's Accelerator Lab, which boasts alumni such as Taika Waititi, David Michod, Justin Kurzel and Sophie Hyde, is a "dream come true" for writer/director Vee Shi.
"When you're working with IP in any way, my M.O. is to learn to speak that language fluently, but then tell your own story with it. We were not there to remake the '70s 'Grease'. We were there to tell the story of the origin story of the Pink Ladies."
Screen Australia, SBS and NITV have announced seven projects from this year’s Digital Originals initiative to receive development funding, with three titles from the group to eventually go into production.
Feature films from directors Tony Ayres and Gracie Otto, as well Aunty Donna’s production company Haven’t You Done Well Productions, are among the 33 projects to share in $1 million of story development funding from Screen Australia.
Twelve teams of emerging creatives from under-represented backgrounds will have the chance to pitch their drama projects to SBS, NITV, and Screen Australia as part of this year's Digital Originals initiative, with a week-long workshop for the first round of selected applicants commencing this week.
SBS will bring more new voices to the forefront in its upcoming drama slate, which includes four short-form productions from its Digital Originals initiative, as well as the upcoming series 'Safe Home', from producer Imogen Banks.