VicScreen, Paramount and Blackfella Films partner to fast-track screen careers

The Victorian agency has announced two paid internships for early career screen professionals.

Two paid internships are being offered to early-career screen creatives to fast-track their careers, thanks to Vic Screen and their partners Paramount Australia and New Zealand, Blackfella Films, and Fremantle Australia. The internships will run over 12 months, and be focused on overcoming traditional barriers to entering the industry.

‘Whether it’s sitting in on a writers’ room or assessing scripts, the program will focus on developing work experience in all aspects of Australian film and television production environments, such as commissioning and funding, as well as honing content creation skills,’ a spokesperson said.

The program is open to creatives from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, First Peoples of Australia, and people who are gender diverse or living with a disability. 

Minister for Creative Industries, Danny Pearson said: ‘The Victorian Government is delivering a thriving screen sector by supporting our best and brightest up-and-coming screen creatives, providing them with the industry experience and contacts they need to kick-start their careers.’

‘Part of our $191.5 million VicScreen strategy, this program not only grows our screen workforce and talent pool, but it provides crucial opportunities for young professionals from diverse backgrounds. In this way, the strategy ensures the diversity of our communities is represented in the industry workforce and in the content they produce’.

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CEO of VicScreen, Caroline Pitcher said: ‘It’s great to see the Victorian Screen Development Internships return for the third year with the support of Fremantle Australia, Blackfella Films and Paramount Australia and New Zealand. The program has been incredibly successful in fostering and accelerating our diverse local talent, and I look forward to following the careers of our alumni as they continue to make strides as future industry leaders.” 

The internships will begin in the second half of 2022, each consisting of four-month rotations across participating organisations. 

Alumni AP Pobjoy, Nikki Tran and Davey Thompson will be hosting a live webinar and Q&A, discussing their internship experiences, where it has led them in their careers, and offering advice to creators who are interested in applying. The webinar will take place on Thursday 14 April at 12:00pm. Register here.

Applications for the Victorian Screen Development Internships are now open and close Monday 2 May 2022. To find out more, visit VicScreen’s Skills Development page.

Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports