Screen Queensland, Screenworks and SBS Food are hungry for factual stories from North and Far North Queensland filmmakers to showcase local cuisine, culture and community.

New talent development initiative Tastes of the Tropics will support three mid-career filmmakers/filmmaking teams with $28,000 each to create a compelling, high quality food story from their region under the guidance of independent Supervising Producer, Karen Warner (Network Executive Producer, MasterChef and Executive Producer, Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook Melbourne), with the opportunity for broadcast on the SBS Food channel.

Screen Queensland Chief Creative Officer, Dr Belinda Burns said that this is a special opportunity for regional screen practitioners to increase their skills and industry experience, while inspiring SBS viewers with a taste of the people and produce that make tropical Queensland so unique.

“Tastes of the Tropics encourages local collaborations on local stories, introducing audiences to passionate farmers, innovative chefs, local providores or foodie families with recipes to share.

“Participants will be supported from script to final edit picture lock, and we look forward to seeing the delicious, diverse and distinctive flavours of North and Far North Queensland showcased on SBS Food.”

Screenworks CEO Lisa O’Meara said she was looking forward to the impact these projects will have on the careers of the selected participants and the roll-on effect this has in growing the region’s screen industry.

“This program is pitched at practitioners with mid-level screen skills from the North and Far North of Queensland, and it’s a first for Screenworks. This is an unmissable opportunity for them to develop their filmmaking skills and networks in collaboration with screen professionals from SBS, and Karen Warner.

“Tastes of the Tropics will create pathways for talented practitioners to develop unique concepts with broadcast potential,” O’Meara said.

Head of Entertainment and Food at SBS, Emily Griggs, said SBS was excited about the potential for distinctive Australian stories to be uncovered through the initiative.

“Food provides a wonderful pathway to delve into cultures, history and identity, and explore the unique stories – and flavours – of Australia. We celebrate cuisine, and the way it connects communities, from Australia and around the world on SBS Food, and we are looking forward to the opportunity to also explore the talent of this spectacular region of Australia, as part of our commitment to supporting pathways for emerging practitioners.”

Far North Queensland Screen Champion, Speaker of the Queensland Parliament and Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt MP said that 2023 is set to be a transformative year for filmmakers in North and Far North Queensland.

“As the $12.6 million Screen Queensland Studios, Cairns development takes shape, the Queensland Government is continuing to invest in vital skills development through Screen Queensland, so that our local practitioners can take full advantage of the opportunities this new production hub will offer.

“I commend Screen Queensland and Screenworks on this exciting new initiative and can’t wait to see what the participants serve up on SBS Food,” Pitt said.

Tastes of the Tropics is part of Screen Queensland’s North Queensland Regional Program, delivered by Screenworks, in association with SBS.

Applications are open now via the Screen Queensland website and close Monday 1 May 2023.

Three mid-career filmmakers/filmmaking teams will be funded up to $28,000 each to produce a 22–26-minute episode ready for broadcast, working closely with the Supervising Producer and a professional post house.

First Nations screen practitioners are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to ensuring diverse representation across all aspects of the production and development process, including differences in gender, age, First Nations identity, cultural and linguistic diversity, disability, sexuality (LGBTQIA+) and socio-economic status.

Applicants should be familiar with the guidelines and terms and conditions before submitting their proposal. Applications close 9am AEST, Monday 1 May 2023.


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Screen Queensland is the Queensland Government-owned agency dedicated to growing a successful screen industry in the state. The agency supports locally produced films, series and games, and secures international and interstate production and post-production into Queensland. It also runs initiatives to build skills and careers for local screen practitioners, and funds film festivals and industry conferences. Screen Queensland is deeply committed to uplifting the voices of Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and increasing diversity on and off screen. Opened in 2019, Screen Queensland Studios, Brisbane has hosted upcoming ABC series In Limbo, Joe vs Carole and Young Rock. Screen Queensland Studios, Cairns is set for completion in 2023. Recent international productions supported by Screen Queensland include Elvisdirected by Baz Luhrmann, Thirteen Lives directed by Ron Howard, Ticket to Paradisestarring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, Netflix series Irreverent, Land of Bad starring Russell Crowe and Liam Hemsworth, Legendary Pictures’ sequel to Godzilla vs KongWizards! starring Pete Davidson and Orlando Bloom, Disney+ series Nautilus and Apples Never Fall starring Annette Benning and Sam Neill. Supported Australian projects include Bluey, Black Snow, The Bachelors Australia, Boy Swallows Universe, Dawn of the Dolphins, In Our Blood, Limbo, Upright (Season 2), True Spirit, A Perfect Pairing, Strait to the Plate, Mistletoe Ranch, and digital games Unpacking and My Little Pony: Mane Merge. For more information on funding programs, incentives, locations and facilities, visit

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