Territory launches development initiative

[press release from NTFO]

The NTFO is calling for applications for IGNITE, a new accelerated feature film development initiative aimed at nurturing the development of feature films in the Territory.

Applications are open for proposals for feature screenplays from writers in the Northern Territory. IGNITE will take place over six months in 2009.

IGNITE will commence on Sunday 1 March 2009 with a five day residential workshop being held at Glen Helen Resort in the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges approximately an hour and half drive west of Alice Springs. The follow up second workshop will be held in Alice Springs in late June.

IGNITE combines two high intensity residential workshops with distance learning and online consultation. The result will be well developed Territory stories and energised creative teams ready to push feature projects on with an increased chance of success.

Territory writers with projects in early stages of development will be considered in addition to teams that include producers and directors.

The NTFO will support a maximum of four Territorian individuals/teams to participate in IGNITE. A team may be comprised of a writer, producer and director. Only the writer is required to be Territory based to be eligible for IGNITE. Other team members, including the producer/director engaged by the writer can be based interstate.

Four projects from other states will be offered places in the IGNITE initiative.

The NTFO is offering each selected Territory participant a full scholarship to attend IGNITE which will cover all costs including airfares, accommodation, meals, transfers, online consultation and draft funding. The total value of each IGNITE place is in excess of $15 000 with $10 000 being set aside for script development.