Screen Queensland in partnership with Screenworks and multi-Emmy® award-winning production company, Ludo Studio is offering an exciting opportunity for two emerging animators from North Queensland.

The NQ Animation Bootcamp will support early-mid career practitioners to work at Ludo Studio under the guidance of Beth Durack (Bluey, Two Girls From Amoongun) and Chris Bennett (Bluey, Alfred & Poe). The opportunity includes travel support to Brisbane.

Running for six weeks from August 2023, the selected participants will work on industry briefs, receive targeted feedback from their mentor and gain significant industry experience working in a leading professional studio.

Applications for the NQ Animation Bootcamp close MIDNIGHT Wednesday 19 July 2023.

This initiative is part of Screen Queensland’s North Queensland Regional Program in partnership with Screenworks and Ludo Studio.



Beth Durack is an animator, illustrator and painter. She completed a Bachelor of Animation at Griffith University in 2016 and since then has worked as a Lead Animator at Ludo Studio. Beth’s projects include the Artbank + ACMI commission Two Girls From Amoonguna, in partnership with First Nations artists from Tangentyere Artists and Yarrenyty Arltere Artists. She has also worked on three seasons of Emmy and BAFTA award-winning childrens’ series Bluey. As Lead Animator, Beth has been responsible for managing a team of animators across 13-episodes seasons, working alongside incredible artists, helping to craft beautiful animation with joy and efficiency. She has also worked as a freelance illustrator across projects including album covers and music videos, and has a passion for painting portraits.


Chris has been boundlessly excited about cartoons for as long as he can remember and has enjoyed working in the animation industry for over 10 years. In partnership with YouTube pioneers Smosh, Chris created and produced two of his own cartoon series, Alfred & Poe and Super Smosh, both attracting millions of views and a positive reception from fans. Following this, Chris joined Ludo Studios as an Animator for Bluey seasons 1–3.

Chris was also co-writer of the episode ‘Fancy Restaurant’, served as Lead Animator on an upcoming episode, and has served as one of the studio’s mentors for junior animators. Chris, a self-described Nintendo fanboy and breakfast cereal connoisseur, is always excited to talk to creative people, especially those who are looking to get into animation!


Ludo is an independently owned BAFTA, three-time Emmy®, Logie and AACTA Award winning studio and Screen Producers Australia’s Business of the Year.

Ludo creates and produces original stories from script to screen under one roof in Brisbane, Australia. Robbie Hood (SBS), Content (ABC), The Strange Chores (ABC), and Ludo also produces the most popular series on Australian TV, Bluey and employs over 50 creatives and producers on their original productions.


NQ Animation Bootcamp applicants will be required to meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, aged 18 or over.
  • Demonstrate that you have been living in Far North, North Queensland or the surrounding region (please see map of eligible areas here) for a minimum period of 6 months prior to submitting your application.
  • Be available to begin your mentorship/bootcamp from early August 2023 (subject to change)
  • 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; Aboriginal identity; cultural and linguistic diversity; disability; sexuality (LGBTQI+), and socio-economic status.



Screenworks are strongly committed to increasing diversity across all sectors of the screen industry. We encourage all talented filmmakers to apply to our programs regardless of their gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability status.

We also ask that applicants consider inclusiveness, accessibility and diversity when forming their filmmaking teams for any Screenworks initiative.

This initiative is part of Screen Queensland’s North Queensland Regional Program delivered by Screenworks in association with the Ludo Studios. Applicant information will be shared with Screen Queensland to assist with the delivery of future projects.