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Charlie’s Talent Escalator Lab 2020

Screen NSW and AiF re-open call for writers and directors to participate in a talent escalator lab

NSW-based mid-career and established screenwriters and directors have the chance to boost their careers thanks to the Charlie's Talent Escalator Lab, a new opportunity for professional development brokered by Screen NSW in association with Australians in Film (AiF).

Supported by Screen NSW and a grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), up to five mid-career to established practitioners including representation of Indigenous screen talent, will be supported to participate in a customised five-day online development lab and paired with an industry mentor based in Los Angeles. The objective of the lab is to support local screen talent to develop their career pathways and networks in the US screen industry.

The delivery of this Lab has been amended in line with current travel restrictions.

Talent Escalator Lab Stages

The Talent Escalator Lab will take place over two stages:

Stage 1) Due to current travel restrictions, the first stage of the lab will be delivered online from Monday 10 August 2020. The lab will be a five-day structured program giving NSW screen creatives unprecedented access to leading Hollywood experts, including Senior Executives at the major US networks, studios and streaming platforms.

Prior to commencement of the lab, selected participants will meet with AiF via video conference to match participant with the right mentor.

Stage 2) Lab participants will be invited to travel to Los Angeles for the opportunity to meet with their mentor, spend time in the field, and attend meetings and networking receptions at Charlie’s in Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles. Due to current travel restrictions, this is currently being scheduled for early 2021, but timing is TBC and will follow the advice provided by NSW Health, and the State and Federal Government. 

The Lab will provide comprehensive and valuable information and practical assistance from those currently working in Hollywood. The outcomes for the participants are aimed at better informing them on the Hollywood system, fostering genuine industry contacts, and giving professional development opportunities towards getting their screen projects progressed and their stories told. 

A grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to Australians in Film Foundation will support a NSW based Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander screen creative in the delegation.

Screen NSW is concerned that the health and safety of our community is prioritised in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation and is following the latest advice being provided by NSW Health, and the State and Federal Government. 

We hope you remain safe and well during this time.

Applications will close at 4:00pm on Friday 26 June 2020.

Guidelines can be downloaded from the documents box on the right-hand-side of the screen, here.

All applications must be received through the Screen NSW online grants administration system, SmartyGrants. The application form can be found here.

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For more information call Amelia Carew-Reid on (02) 8289 6418 or by email to amelia.carew-reid@create.nsw.gov.au if you would like to discuss your application.

Image credit: Design shot of Charlie's space. Photo by Hayeth Tarem.

Who is eligible to apply?
  • Applicants must be a NSW resident; 
  • Applications are open to NSW-based writers and directors who can demonstrate a significant track record/production credits on projects that have commercial success and/or critical acclaim. Preference will be given to practitioners who have credits in feature film or television series, or who can demonstrate industry accolades from respected festivals and competitions.
  • Have at least one scripted feature film or series project in development
  • Are available to attend the five-day online lab from Monday 10 August to Friday 14 August 2020, 8am to 3pm. 
  • Are available to travel to LA for Stage 2 of the Charlie’s Talent Escalator Lab, early 2021 (TBC)
  • Meet the Screen NSW Terms of Trade 
  • Submit a completed application by the closing date. Applications can be submitted at: 4pm, Friday 26 June 2020
  • Have a valid passport (minimum 6 months remaining on a valid passport for the dates of travel)
  • Are allowed entry to the United States

 

NSW resident refers to a person residing in NSW for at least six months prior to making an application.

How do I apply?

You can apply for Charlie’s Talent Escalator Lab using our online application form: https://screennsw.smartygrants.com.au/charlieslab2020

In the application form, you will be asked to provide contact information, and project details, including:

  • CV and Bio
  • Project information for scripted feature or television pilot in active development, including a log-line and synopsis, any core creative documents and other key creatives attached. 
  • Project - This should be either: 

1) Scripted Feature or,
2) Pilot script or,
3) Detailed Treatment & Bible based on an existing IP (for the treatment or bible, an example of IP could be a book you have the rights to / a produced short film / or a web series) 

  • A short statement outlining why you should attend the lab, your objectives for attending and what outcomes you expect (this could include listing other projects on your slate, your career plans, any future meetings & markets you will be attending or partnerships and collaborations you are involved with)
  • Development notes outlining your plans for the next stage of development work (this should include what development work you think the project needs in context with the intended audience & marketplace and the relevance / why your demographic will want to see this project) 
  • If there is any evidence of market support or commitment (this can include any Producer attachment, option agreement, shopping agreement, IP agreement or industry marketplace interest in the project). 
Application Process

Applications have now re-opened for NSW-based practitioners who can demonstrate a significant track record/production credits on projects that have commercial success and/or critical acclaim. 

Applicants who have already applied, or were in the process of applying, will be able to access their original application form through SmartyGrants and make changes, if need be, before re-submitting. New applicants are also invited to apply.

Screen NSW are committed to representation from all parts of the community and encourage submissions from people who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, women, people with disability, LGBTIQ people and people from outside metropolitan areas.

A grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to Australians in Film Foundation will support a NSW based Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander screen creative in the delegation.

Screen NSW is concerned that the health and safety of our community is prioritised in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation and is following the latest advice being provided by NSW Health, and the State and Federal Government. 

Please contact Amelia Carew-Reid if you have any queries.

When will the program take place?

Monday 10 August 2020 – Friday 14 August 2020, 8am to 3pm each day.

Stage 1 of the lab will be delivered online via video conference and webinar platforms. 

Due to current travel restrictions, Stage 2 of the Escalator Lab is currently being scheduled for early 2021 but is subject to change depending on the advice provided by NSW Health, and the State and Federal Government. 

Does the Lab cover the travel expenses and the flight cost?

Yes, once Stage 2 dates are confirmed, AiF will arrange all travel and accommodation for the selected participants. 

*All other incidental expenses will be the responsibility of the applicant 

Do I need a visa?

Yes. It will be the responsibility of all successful applicants to ensure they have the correct visas for any activity they will be engaging in whilst in the USA.

What is Charlie’s?

Charlie’s is a multi-purpose communal hub for the NSW film-making community in LA, where they can conduct business, collaborate and network, located at the historic Raleigh Studios, in the heart of Hollywood. Screen NSW supports two hot-desks for use by NSW practitioners. 

https://www.screen.nsw.gov.au/funding/industry-support/Charlie%27s

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

Please contact Amelia Carew-Reid, Manager Screen Industry Development

Phone: 02 8289 6417

Email: amelia.carew-reid@create.nsw.gov.au