PFTC: Crosswires approaches

The deadline for Crosswires, the joint Pacific Film and Television Commission(PFTC)and New Holland Pictures initiative is only two weeks away.
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The deadline for Crosswires, the joint Pacific Film and Television Commission(PFTC)and New Holland Pictures initiative is only two weeks away.

PFTC and New Holland Pictures have joined forces to provide an opportunity for writers with a short film credit to work in a real world situation to create a TV series from the ground up.

Crosswires, an 8 x 30 minute new television series, is part of PFTC?s ongoing strategy to facilitate career opportunities for creative Queenslanders.

The Cannon Hill-based production company New Holland Pictures will employ a team of previously uncredited writers, drive the creative vision and produce the series.

Crosswires is open to all Queensland writers* who have had at least one short film produced. Applicants need to be available for an extensive development process throughout October and November 2006.

“One of the biggest challenges facing emerging TV drama screenwriters is achieving their first television credit,” says PFTC Head of Production Henry Tefay.

“Trying to land a writing job without an existing credit is almost impossible so this new series will give writers the experience they need to launch their television careers.

“Creating these opportunities is part of PFTC’s ongoing industry development strategy.”

Executive producer Mark Overett says: “Helping to develop local talent has always been a priority for New Holland Pictures. It is fantastic that PFTC shares this goal and has come on board at such an early stage.

“The first stage of Crosswires is to select the writers. Once we have at least four writers we’ll workshop the storylines, characters and scenarios with a script editor to create a series ‘bible’. Then we’ll allocate episodes to individual writers for them to write a script that is ready to shoot.”

The production of the series is planned for early 2007. The eight episodes will be filmed around various Brisbane locations and will provide professional development opportunities for Queensland directors as well as work for film crews and actors.

CROSSWIRES APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5pm, Friday 22 September 2006.

Information about how to apply, guidelines and application forms are available online at www.pftc.com.au.

* Students are not eligible to apply

Related Link: http://www.pftc.com.au/pftc/funding/content.asp?pageid=276=2=21

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