Screenwest announces projects to be funded via ‘Out Now’ scheme

Three Western Australian LGBTQIA+ web series have been greenlit for production, with each receiving $100,000 funding from Screenwest and Screen Australia through the Out Now funding initiative.

Out of Here, The Curse of Baba Yaga and Yokai are the three successful projects selected from the six shortlisted for development earlier this year.

Produced by Sophia Armstrong, Out of Here will be written by Tina Fielding and directed by Jacqueline Pelczar, the duo behind short film festival favourite, Sparkles.

Producer Brooke Batka and Writer/Director Christopher Colley will produce The Curse of Baba Yaga, which follows a gay high school student from a family with a magical twist.

Ramu Productions Producer Jodie Bell, Writer/Producer Brooke Collard and Director Ngaire Pigram will explore the life of a Noongar teen who finds herself through her connection to cosplay in Yokai.

The teams were first shortlisted to undertake a series of development workshops with professional mentors including award winning writer, director and producer Julie Kalceff (Common Language Films), writer, actor and producer Tim Spencer (Wintergarden Pictures) and web series producer Melanie Rowland (Lilydale Films), with the ultimate goal of enabling the shortlisted teams to develop their scripts and ensure target market appeal.

Screenwest CEO Rikki Lea Bestall said encouraging diversity in the screen industry is an important goal of the organisation.

“Diversity within the WA Screen Industry is at the forefront of Screenwest’s strategy. To have three very different Western Australian LGBTQIA+ web series funded to enter production will no doubt help to further screen representation for these communities. We sincerely thank Screen Australia for supporting this terrific initiative and look forward to when we can celebrate the release of this new WA content.” Bestall said.

Lee Naimo, Senior Online Investment Manager at Screen Australia, said there was a lot of talent within the three production teams that had made the final cut.

“This is such a talented group of creators working on three very different and engaging projects. It’s been a pleasure collaborating with Screenwest on Out Now, and we’re thrilled that it’s resulted in these three series moving into production.” Naimo said.

The three Out Now projects will begin production in 2022. Out Now is a joint initiative between Screen Australia and Screenwest, made possible with the support of Lotterywest.

Source: Media Release

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