2021 ACT Screen Arts recipients announced

The 8 successful ACT-based recipients span all stages of development, and includes an interactive fiction videogame, writing mentorship, a producer attachment, and pitch development for a bilingual children's animated series.

Screen Canberra has announced eight recipients of its annual Screen Arts Fund. As well as funding production, the ACT Screen Arts funds a wide variety of professional activities that support the development of narrative screen production Canberran screen artists, including pitch development, concept work, mentorship, and production attachments.

The 2021 round of 8 recipients span all stages of development, and includes an interactive fiction videogame: Raqiyah Patel’s Amarantus. This is particularly notable as ACT is one of the four states and territories that currently does not offer dedicated funding to videogame development. However, the Screen Arts Fund’s broad remit allows it to support a wide variety of projects beyond conventional screen production, with funded projects including a social research mentorship with Andrew Pike OAM for longform documentary maker Adele Chynoweth, an international producer attachment for James Foulds with Arcadia, pitch development for a bilingual animated children’s TV series, as well as production funding. 

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ACT Minister for the Arts highlighted this creative diversity in her announcement of the recipients: ‘I’m delighted by the diversity of screen arts projects in this year’s round. It really demonstrates that artists development comes from many forms and that’s exactly why this Fund exists,’ she said.

She also highlighted the program’s role in developing screen producers’ skills and connections, describing it as ‘an important initiative to support and develop the capacity and capability of Canberra screen artists.

‘Screen arts is a crucial sector within our flourishing creative industries,’ she continued,’and I look forward to the development outcomes from this round of funding.’

The full list of recipients follows:

  • Ruqiyah Patel for her long-form interactive fiction game Amarantus
  • James Foulds, who will use the funds to support a 5-month long producer attachment with Arcadia and its associated
    partners. During the attachment he will work with working directly for the veteran producer Lisa Shaunessy, whose work includes Killing Ground, The Furies, and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
  • Dan Jobson, who will create scripts and pitch assets for a bilingual podcast series with and accompanying
    children’s animated series. 
  • Hannah De Feyter, who will develop a visual concept for her film screenplay, Red Stradivarius
  • Adele Chynoweth, who will develop her skills in social history research and creating public narratives under the guidance of Andrew Pike OAM. This mentorship will help her develop her work as a longform documentary filmmaker.
  • Jacob Kilner will produce a pilot episode of upcoming web series The Leftovers, as well as undertaking a writing mentorship.
  • Greg Gould will use the funding to produce short film You Gotta Go 
  • Julie McKay will redraft her in-production feature film The Girl On Darling Beach with the help and feedback of an experienced writing mentor.

For more information on the Screen Arts Fund, visit Screen Canberra.

Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob