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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Our Skills Development programs support Victorian key creatives and crew to develop and increase their practical skills and industry knowledge and experience, helping to build and maintain a skilled and professional screen industry workforce.  

The suite of programs also provides Victorian companies with greater potential to source local expertise and grow their businesses. 

Emerging Writers’ Incubator Initiative

Applications are open for the Emerging Writers’ Incubator, a nationwide initiative presented by SBS in partnership with Screen Australia, state and territory agencies like VicScreen, and with the assistance of the Australian Writers’ Guild, supporting the development of under-represented screenwriting talent.

Launched in 2021, the initiative was created to invest in the future of an increasingly diverse sector and more inclusive Australian storytelling, by providing a year of paid employment in a leading Australian production company for emerging writing talent reflecting backgrounds and experiences under-represented in the Australian industry.

Applications close on Friday 16 June 2023. 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by early October 2023, with placements in host companies due to commence by the end of November 2023. 
 

Complete the Acquittal Form

Originate Factual

Originate Factual is designed to elevate mid-career Victorian factual producers, writers and directors. The multi-staged program will focus on supporting the development of the skills required to identify and develop high-end non-fiction series for global audiences. The program will cover a series of masterclasses, hothouse workshops, followed by the opportunity to apply for project development and key talent placements.

Applications will close 11:00pm, Wednesday 31 May 2023 AEST.

View the Guidelines
Complete the Application Form
Complete the Acquittal Form

Industry Development

Our Industry Development program supports organisations and guilds to deliver activities that provide skills, capacity and capability development opportunities for a diverse and inclusive range of Victorian key creatives and crew.  

We welcome new events, workshops and training initiatives – contact Jana Blair, Manager – Industry and Skills Development, on 03 9660 3273 to discuss your proposal.

Applications can be received at any time.

View the Guidelines
Complete the Application Form
Complete the Acquittal Form
View Recent Decisions

Key Talent Production Placements

Key Talent Production Placements supports early to mid-career Victorian writers and directors to develop their skills through paid, hands-on placements on a production.

The 6 to 12-week placements are offered on local and international film, television and online projects being made in Victoria. To be eligible for a placement, you first need to successfully apply for our Key Talent Placements Register. 

You will be notified 6-8 weeks after applying if you have been placed on the register. You will then be considered for placements as they arise, based on your skills and experience as well as the production’s requirements. 

If you have any questions before you apply, contact Fergus Harte, Grants Officer, on 03 9660 3216.

This program is supported by the Community Support Fund through the Department of Treasury and Finance.

Complete the Application Form
Complete the Acquittal Form
View Recent Decisions

Key Talent Company Placements

Key Talent Company Placements support early to mid-career film, television, and games key creatives to develop their skills through paid, hands-on placements in a Victorian screen business.  

The placements are offered at established Victorian production and game development companies, generally for 6-12 months. Our primary focus is placements in roles that drive projects forward and are involved in making key decisions i.e. producer.  

If you represent a Victorian screen business that can offer a company placement, read the guidelines and our Terms of Trade and contact Fergus Harte, Grants Officer, on 03 9660 3216 to discuss your proposed opportunity.

This program is supported by the Community Support Fund through the Department of Treasury and Finance.

Complete the Acquittal Form
View Recent Decisions

Specialist Placements

Specialist Placements fast-track the skills development of early to mid-career Victorian crew in technical roles that are in high demand in Victoria’s screen industry. The paid, hands-on placements are offered on film, television, online, games, animation or VFX productions, or within a Victorian-based screen business. 

If you represent a production or screen business interested in offering a specialist placement, read the guidelines and our Terms of Trade before completing the application form. If you have any questions before you apply, contact Laura Emerick, Grants Officer, on 03 9660 3206.

If you’re a crew member interested in a placement, apply for our Specialist Placements Register by completing the application form below. Note: Writers, directors and producers – we support the skills development of these roles through our Key Talent Production Placements and Key Talent Company Placements

This program is financed with the assistance of Screen Australia and the Community Support Fund through the Department of Treasury and Finance.

View the List of Target Roles
Complete the Acquittal Form

Professional Attachments

Professional Attachments support the skills development of early career Victorian crew through paid, hands-on attachments on film, television and online productions being made in Victoria. 

The 5 to 12-week attachments are an invaluable opportunity to work alongside an experienced Head of Department or crew member in departments such as camera, animation, wardrobe and production office.  

To be eligible for an attachment, you first need to successfully apply for our Professional Attachments Register. 

You will be notified 6-8 weeks after applying if you have been placed on the register. You will then be considered for attachments as they arise, based on your skills and experience and the production’s requirements. If you have any questions before you apply, contact Angie Tassakos, Grants Officer, on 03 9660 3240.

Note: Writers, directors and producers – we support the skills development of these roles through our Key Talent Production Placements and Key Talent Company Placements

View the Guidelines
Complete the Application Form
Complete the Acquittal Form
View Recent Decisions

WHEN YOU'RE READY TO APPLY

 

1.) Read the guidelines and our Terms of Trade.  

2.) Review the Application Form.  

3.) If you have any questions, reach out to the relevant team member below.

YOUR TEAM AT VICSCREEN

Jessica O’Brien (she/her) — For Industry Development enquiries
Grants Officer
Fergus Harte (he/him) — For Key Talent Placement enquiries
Grants Officer
Kate Riley (she/her) - For Internships Enquiries
Grants Officer
Laura Emerick (she/her)  — For Specialist Placements and Professional Attachments enquiries
Grants Officer