A lucky career break has just come a step closer for four Northern Rivers based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen industry workers with Screenworks’ Project Break Through. By matching four selected participants with appropriately chosen screen industry professionals, the four talented screen workers will identify their career ambitions and work towards achieving their screen industry career goals.

“It’s about taking new Indigenous talent, connecting them with an established screen industry professional and setting them up on their career path, “ explained Screenworks General Manager Ken Crouch.

Screenworks’ Project Break Through is open to all areas of the screen industry and to all ages, including: screenwriters, producers, camera, gaffers, sound technicians, art department including wardrobe, set design, costume design, hair and makeup, post production including editors, visual FX and sound editing.

Northern Rivers based screenwriter, producer and actor Jon Bell (Black Comedy, The Gods of Wheat St, Redfern Now) assisted Screenworks in getting this project up, he explained “there is a genuine need to keep building the number of, and the skill level of Indigenous film professionals in this country. It’s through initiatives like Screenworks is putting forward that we can plan ahead and head off any possible people and talent shortfall.”

Screenworks, with support from North Coast TAFE will also work with the selected participants to help establish creative collaborations that will deliver small projects to support the participants career development. It is hoped that the program will deliver a micro documentary, a stills porfolio or a short film.

The four Indigenous Northern Rivers early career screen practitioners will be selected through an application process. Screen industry professionals will then be selected to match each participant’s requirements, based on the relevance to their skills, career interests and potential.

Applications for Screenworks’ Project Break Through are open until 26 November 2014.

For more information or to apply, contact Screenworks on 02 6687 1599

Screenworks’ Project Break Through is funded by Screen NSW and Regional Arts NSW and made possible with support from North Coast TAFE.

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