Program Update June 2015

Project Break Through is a career development program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early career screen workers.

This program was made possible with support from Screen NSW and Regional Arts Fund.

In December 2014 Screenworks selected 4 early career indigenous filmmakers to participate in Project Break Through.

clairelClaire Lindsay is an early career Screen Producer with co-producer, co-director credits for Wild Kitchen on ABC TV. Claire is kept busy with a slate of corporate clients as well as developing her own documentary concepts.  Through Project Break Through Claire was matched with the documentary production company Media Stockade and has spent a day in their Sydney office.

ebonyrosemua1Ebony Jessup is an early career Hair and Make-up Artist and has worked on photoshoots, weddings and short films. Through Project Break Through Ebony was matched with Cassie Hanlon and recently did an attachment on the short film Nan and a Whole Lot of Trouble, that’s being made for the ABC.


Shane Salvador is an early career Screenwriter Director who has made a music clip and short film. Shane has a number of short film and television scripts he is writing and is currently sourcing funding for a short film he has written. We are in the process of matching Shane with Wayne Blair.

Siv Parker is an early career Screenwriter Producer. She has experience as a writer and social commentator. She was the 2012 winner of the David Unaipon Award with the Queensland State Library, winner of the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival blog to book challenge and has been a writer for the Koori Mail and the Guardian. Siv has been writing drama and comedy TV concepts. Siv has been matched with Kelrick Martin and is currently setting up her meeting schedule.

A career development program for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander screen workers

About the program

Screenworks’ Project Break Through will provide tangible career development opportunities for four emerging and early-career Indigenous filmmakers, digital artists and screen practitioners by matching selected participants with relevant screen industry professionals.

Industry professionals will assist the selected participants to identify their career progression potential and will work with them to assist them to achieve clearly identified career development outcomes. The screen industry professionals will travel to meet the selected participants in their own community.

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

This outcome focused program will help build capacity and confidence in local ATSI screen industry workers; meet an identified need for Indigenous screen producers in Australia; and provide a unique opportunity for individuals to be supported on the development of their own projects.

Four Indigenous Northern Rivers emerging filmmakers, digital artists and/or screen practitioners will be selected through an application process. The screen industry professionals for the program will be selected to match each participant’s requirements, based on the relevance to their skills, career interests and potential.

Project Break Through is open to all areas of the screen industry, including but not exclusively: 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.

It is expected that each industry professional will meet with their participant approximately once a month over a period of 4 months.

How to apply

To apply for Screenworks’ Project Break Through, applicants must meet the following criteria.  Applicants must:

  • identify as Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander
  • be a resident of NSW
  • be able to demonstrate a commitment to working in the screen industry (CV and/or example of work)
  • provide letters or support / reference letters to support their application.

Preference will be given to applicants who reside in the Northern Rivers region (ie. in one of the following local government areas – Ballina, Byron Shire, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley or Tweed Shire).

Applicants must send in a completed application form, with letters of support and an example of their screen industry work completed to date.


Participants will be selected by a panel of local professional screen / arts practitioners based on the quality of their application and potential to develop as part of the program. Up to 4 participants will be selected.

Want to find out more?

For more information, call the Screenworks office on (02) 6687 1599.

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This project has been made possible by frunding from Screen NSW, the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund and the support of North Coast TAFE.
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative that supports sustainable cultural development in regional, remote and very remote Australia.


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