Media release 8th May 2023
Bus Stop Films announces Inclusive Producers Attachment Program
Bus Stop Films, winner of the 2023 SPA Award for Breakthrough Business of the Year, announced at the Screen Forever conference on Friday night, is urging emerging producers to ‘jump on board the bus’ and start their inclusive filmmaking journey. Applications are now open for Bus Stop Films’ Inclusive Producers Attachment Program.
Ten emerging producers from seven states will be selected to work as Producers’ Attachments on Bus Stop Films 2023 class film projects. They will work with Bus Stop’s in-house producer, Dianna La Grassa, to bring to life a slate of 18 inclusively made short films, being produced through Bus Stop’s Accessible Film Studies Program.
The ten roles are generously supported by Screen NSW, Screen Queensland, South Australian Film Corporation, VicScreen, Screen Tasmania, Screen Canberra and Screenwest. These seven agencies represent the seven states where Bus Stop Films’ delivers its Accessible Film Studies Program.
The cohort will gain professional skills development in inclusive filmmaking by attending Bus Stop’s Inclusion in Action workshop and be part of a network of producers passionate about inclusive filmmaking. The program will equip participants with skills in producing films inclusively, supporting people with disabilities on productions and producing content through a lens of inclusion, diversity and accessibility.
Bus Stop Films encourages producers from regional, CALD, Deaf/Disabled, First Nations and LGBTQI+ communities to apply.
Producer Dianna La Grassa says: “As a producer who lives with disability and who only produces films inclusively, I am excited to guide a team of producers towards a better understanding of how to produce films that are made inclusively. Our inclusive practice showcases how to produce high quality, entertaining and authentic films and I can’t wait to see who jumps on board the bus!”
Bus Stop Film’s CEO, Tracey Corbin-Matchett, said: “Firstly, I am so grateful to our screen agencies for supporting the strategy. It shows their great leadership and commitment to supporting real time opportunities for professional development.
“Secondly, the recent Screen Australia – Seeing Ourselves 2 report highlighted a profound deficit in the number of people with disability we see on screen and ‘a need to increase diversity among producers, commissioners, experienced mid-career key creatives and the leadership of screen organisations – particularly disability representation.’ Our Inclusive Producers Attachment program will not only assist to upskill producers to be more confident in inclusive filmmaking, but also reflects Bus Stop’s significant role in supporting inclusion across the ecosystem of the screen industry.”
Engagement in the program will be approximately 50 hours including a 1-day (10 hour) shoot per film and is designed to be flexible around other employment or projects. The workshop locations are Sydney, Parramatta, Wollongong, Katoomba, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and Launceston.
Applications open May 8th and close May 29th with the film productions to take place between August and October 223.
Bus Stop Films acknowledges the support and encouragement of Screen Producers Australia to establish the initiative.
For more information and to apply online head to: https://busstopfilms.com.au/inclusive-producer-attachment/
Tracey Mair, TM Publicity
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