Film project to DisRupt and share stories of disability experience

Posted 1 year ago by Nicole Pope

The new project, DisRupted will fund three to four individuals or teams to create a film approximately 20 minutes in length [Source: Shutterstock]
The new project, DisRupted will fund three to four individuals or teams to create a film approximately 20 minutes in length [Source: Shutterstock]

Budding Australian creatives and filmmakers with disability will have the opportunity to create their own film, thanks to a partnership between ABC Children’s and Screen Australia.

The new project, DisRupted will fund three to four individuals or teams to create a film approximately 20 minutes in length, capturing what it’s like to be a young person with disability living in Australia.

Writers, producers and directors with disability are encouraged to apply for the project.

The films will then be broadcast on ABC ME to an audience of 8-12 year olds, on the 2019 International Day of People with Disability.

Each individual or team will receive up to $100,000 to bring their idea to life.

Acting Head of ABC Children’s Content, Libbie Doherty hopes the films created through DisRupted will challenge society’s perceptions of disability.

“People with disability have been underrepresented in media landscapes and these important films will showcase a breadth of personal experiences and perspectives that will entertain kids, challenge their understanding and expand their minds.”

“ABC Children’s is excited to be working with emerging creatives and filmmakers with disability and to provide tangible career building opportunities.”

Head of Development of Screen Australia, Nerida Moore also recognises the important role the films will play in demonstrating the life experiences of people with disability.

“ABC ME is doing phenomenal work providing young Australians with access to characters and stories that help them understand the range of people around them and their different life experiences.

Ms Moore also acknowledged the GIRLS initiative launched last year, which saw young female creatives produce their own films. 

“We are excited by what can be achieved with the DisRupted initiative.”

The project will provide career-changing opportunities to the selected new and diverse talent, helping build on development, team work and production skills across the film genres of comedy, drama or documentary.

Applications for DisRupted close on December 12.

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