Shang-Chi director offers a masterclass at UNTAPPED 2022

UNTAPPED has announced a new program for undiscovered Australian screenwriters and directors.
A man, Destin Daniel-Cretton, sits in a dark room and looks directly into the camera

Are you a budding feature film writer or director who’s tired of being overlooked in the industry?

Australians in Film and Screen Australia have you covered with UNTAPPED, a breakthrough professional development program for undiscovered and excluded voices.

The program gives emerging Australian screenwriters and directors the education and access needed to fast-track their careers and their projects. The inaugural launch in 2021 drew more than 800 applications, and they are expecting even bigger numbers this year.

From March until May 2022, UNTAPPED will run a series of masterclasses from big-name professionals in the global screen industry. All applicants can attend.

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This year the speakers include award-winning filmmakers Destin Daniel Cretton (Shang-Chi, Short Term 12), Marta Cunningham (Insecure, Transparent), Silas Howard (Dickinson, Pose) and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, Captain Marvel).

Hollywood director Marta Cunningham will speak to screen industry hopefuls at UNTAPPED. Photo: Marta Cunningham

In the film lab

Following the masterclass series, UNTAPPED will select five creators or creative teams to undergo an intensive four-month development lab. The lab runs from August to November 2022 and features mentors from leading Hollywood production companies: James Wan’s Atomic Monster, Nicole Kidman’s Blossom Films, Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Tanya Saracho’s Ojalá Productions.

As a bonus, participants will also have exclusive opportunities for feature film story consultation and pitch coaching. These will be led by writing mentors Ellen Shanman and Patricia Verducci.

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UNTAPPED 2021 filmmaker Kylie O’Donnell said: ‘I can’t describe UNTAPPED as anything other than explosive. With an incendiary mix of industry connections, expert feedback and backstage insights, it’s propelled me years ahead in my career, and sent my project flying into the next phase of development.’

First Nations Australians, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ and people living in regional and remote locations are strongly encouraged to apply.

UNTAPPED 2022 is presented by Australians in Film and Screen Australia. Supporting partners include Screen NSW, Film Victoria, South Australian Film Corporation and Scripted Ink.  Industry Partners include Australian Directors Guild, Australian Writers Guild, Screen Canberra, Screen Producers Australia, Screen Queensland, Screen Tasmania, Screen Territory, Screenwest and Screenworks.
Submit your applications by March 1, 11:59pm PST. For further information on how to apply, please go to the AiF website.

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