Sydney’s Queer Screen have launched two great programs for Australian LGBTIQ filmmakers with the Queer Screen Completion Fund and the opening of entries to the country’s largest queer film prize, My Queer Career.
Queer Screen appreciates that funding and resources available to LGBTIQ filmmakers are limited and that it is important for this generation and future ones to see queer stories on screen. With this in mind Queer Screen strives to support filmmakers through grants, awards, training and resources.
The Queer Screen Completion Fund has been established to provide Independent LGBTIQ filmmakers with financial support to tell stories that reflect the uniqueness and diversity of LGBTIQ lives and community. Australian LGBTIQ filmmakers can apply for grants of up to $7,500 to complete their screen projects. To be eligible projects must have already completed principal photography (at least 80%) and now be in post-production stage. Applications will be accepted for feature films, documentaries and web series.
My Queer Career is one of the world’s most prestigious awards for queer short filmmakers and is only open to locally produced work. The major prize includes $3,000 cash. Other prizes include in-kind production facilities and support to the value of $10,000. The winning film also gains automatic entry to the Iris Prize, the world’s largest prize for a gay and lesbian short film, held in Cardiff, Wales.
Submissions for both initiatives close on Monday 16 November 2015. For information on the Queer Screen Completion Fund, visit: www.queerscreen.org.au, for information on My Queer Career, visit: www.queerscreen.org.au for details.
Image: 2015 My Queer Career Winners – Liz Cooper and Tony Radevski – photo courtesy of Queer Screen