RIDE Shorts offering $35,000 to underrepresented filmmakers

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Screen Queensland has announced the release of the second version of RIDE Shorts, an opportunity to get $35,000 to create a non-fiction short film.

They are calling on all Queensland-based filmmakers from underrepresented backgrounds to apply for the scheme.

The RIDE Shorts initiative – which stands for Respect, Inclusiveness, Diversity and Equality, is supporting the creation of up to four documentary shorts, following last year’s highly successful inaugural program.

Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said this year’s RIDE Shorts initiative aims to discover and champion exciting creative talent in Queensland, as well as supporting the agency’s commitment to diverse storytelling.

“The 2021 program has produced four truly compelling scripted shorts, and we’re excited to see what Queensland’s breadth of screen talent will produce in the documentary space,” Munnich said.

“This program allows practitioners to accelerate their career and skill development while providing a platform for diverse filmmakers to bring their distinctive voices and fresh ideas to the screen.”

CEO of the Brisbane International Film Festival Josh Martin said the inaugural RIDE Shorts Gala at BIFF 2021 was a huge success, with a sold-out screening, calling for an encore session.

“The quality of filmmaking at last year’s gala was truly excellent and we are thrilled to welcome the second year of RIDE Shorts to our festival,” said Martin.

“I salute the efforts of Screen Queensland in this wonderful inclusive initiative which is such an important part of the fabric of our festival.”

Each successful filmmaker will receive up to $35,000 to create the short films. Alongside this, they will receive creative feedback and advice from Screen Queensland and other industry experts at all stages of development, production, publication, delivery and distribution.

Screen Queensland has been supporting various documentary series and feature films for years, including recent projects Hating Peter Tatchell, Incarceration Nation, PUFF: Wonders of the Reef, Bowled Over: A Dragumentary, Strait to the Plate (Seasons 1 and 2), Herding dogs and next theatrical release Ford versus Holden.

They also supported the documentary The life in color of David Attenborough, which was partly filmed in Far North Queensland and nominated for Best Documentary/Fact Series at the inaugural AIDC Awards, of which Screen Queensland is a proud partner.

Applications for RIDE Shorts are now open for various screen practitioners who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse, female, non-binary, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, regional or remote, under-represented age and socio-economic status.

Up to four successful short documentaries will premiere at Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) in October.

Top Image: 2021 RIDE Short film Sunshine. Written by Genevieve Clay-Smith and the team at Bus Stop Films QLD

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