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Behind the Screens

Applications for Behind the Screens 2021 are now closed.

Successful applicants will be notified via phone or email by 31st August, 2021. Keep up to date with artist opportunities at FCAC by subscribing to our e-newsletter or following us across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Learn from established filmmakers with Behind the Screens 2021

Facilitated by filmmaker and journalist, Santilla Chingaipe, Behind the Screens is a capacity building program for filmmakers underrepresented in the industry. Presented in partnership with Film Victoria, this program will support participants to develop their skills in an open, supportive and collaborative learning environment. The program is open to aspiring directors, producers, cinematographers, writers and every filmmaking discipline in between.

Over a series of seventeen workshops as part of Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Artist Development Program, participants will be supported to expand their understanding of what it takes to make a film, while creating networks with influential industry leaders and peers.

Now in its fourth year, Behind the Screens has expanded with support from Film Victoria into a nine-month program offering participants the opportunity to excel and take risks, learn best practice approaches and gain confidence in being a successful and influential filmmaker.

Applications close Monday 2 August 2021, 11.59pm.

Should I apply?

This program is right for you if:

  • you are a filmmaker underrepresented in the industry. Footscray Community Arts Centre works with artists from Indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse, disability and LGBTQIA+ communities
  • you are an emerging to early-career filmmaker (in first five years of your practice)
  • you want to work in any part of filmmaking (eg cinematography, screenwriting, producing, etc)
  • you are a Victorian-based filmmaker or can attend the program in-person in Victoria  
  • you can attend all workshops (see timeline below)
  • you want to build relationships with other filmmakers and connect with renowned industry professionals
  • you want to learn new skills through workshops to develop your filmmaking practice or leadership capacity
  • you want to contribute to social and ecological justice locally, nationally, and internationally through art, film and creativity
What will you learn?

Led by industry professionals and peers, the fortnightly workshop program will respond to the learning goals of participants, covering pragmatic and fundamental skills, along with ethical frameworks for best practice in filmmaking. Topics may include:

  • Introduction to the funding agencies
  • Introduction to the broadcasters
  • Screenwriting 101
  • Developing your project 1
  • Cinema, TV or online?
  • How to pitch your project
  • How to get your project financed
  • Editing and sound
  • Distribution and festivals

Alongside the program workshops, Behind the Screens participants will also be provided with additional opportunities to develop their filmmaking practice through Footscray Community Arts Centre’s industry partnerships with organisations such as Film Victoria, Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

When do sessions take place?

Sessions are held fortnightly on Tuesday evenings, 6 – 8.30pm from 21 September 2021 to May 2022. Sessions will be hosted by a range of guest industry leaders. There will also be a number of ‘All In’ sessions, in which participants from all of Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Artist Development Programs will come together for a learning and networking opportunity.

HRAFF Emerging Filmmakers Fund 

Behind the Screens participants also have the chance to receive $5,000 in funding through the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) Emerging Filmmakers Fund to produce a short film which will be screened at a special premiere event during the 2022 Festival.  

To be considered for the HRAFF Emerging Filmmakers Fund, simply apply to participate in Behind the Screens, check the box to indicate your interest in the Fund, and upload your script, work plan or pitch as outlined on the website HRAFF Emerging Filmmaker Fund Guidelines.

Please visit the HRAFF Emerging Filmmaker Fund Guidelines for further details including eligibility, key dates, and what to submit in your application. 

Information Sessions and Program Timeline

Learn more about our Artist Development Programs by watching the Auslan interpreted info session below.

2021 Program Timeline
Call out opens Tuesday 29 June, 2021
Info session (Online) Tuesday 20 July, 6-7pm
Info session (For First Nations program – Online) Wednesday 21 July, 6-7pm
Info session (Auslan interpreted – Online) Thursday 22 July, 6-7pm
Expression of interests due Monday 2 August, 11.59pm
Programs commences Tuesday 21 September, 2021
Behind the Screens workshop dates Tuesday 21 September, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 28 September, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 12 October, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 26 October, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 9 November, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 23 November, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 7 December, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 11 January, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 25 January, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 8 February, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 22 February, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 8 March, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 22 March, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 5 April, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 19 April, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 3 May, 6-8.30pm
Tuesday 17 May, 6-8.30pm

If you have any questions about the Behind the Screens program or the application process, check out our FAQs. Alternatively, you can email your question to artisticprogram@footscrayarts.com or call 9362 8888.

Behind the Screens is presented by Footscray Community Arts and Film Victoria. The Emerging Filmmakers Fund is presented by the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) in collaboration with Footscray Community Arts Centre.





1- Image courtesy of Santilla Chingaipe

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