Adelaide’s Media Resource Centre announces Short Film Grants

Adelaide’s Media Resource Centre announces Short Film Grants

The MRC approved total grant funding of $39,500 in six short films through the Production Initiative Program (PIP). In what was a very competitive round, with 33 projects submitted, six diverse projects of an exceptionally high standard were supported.

Good – Short Drama – $11,500
When their teenage daughter is hit by a car fleeing a crime, two devastated parents seek answers at the intensive care unit of a hospital.
Producer: Ashleigh Knott
Writer/Director: Luke Wissell

Aquaphobe- Short Drama – $6,000
A young woman who used to be a cat must conquer her fear of water in order to save her relationship.
Producer: Gilbert Kemp Attrill
Writer/Director: Melanie Easton

Small Town PD – Short Comedy – $6,000
When a teenage boy goes to run a simple errand for his girlfriend, he unwittingly triggers a chain reaction amongst the unnecessarily large team of bored police officers in a small Australian town.
Producers: Paul Forza & Indianna Bell
Writers: Indianna Bell & John Chataway
Directors: Indianna Bell & Josiah Allen

Spider in the Garden – Short Drama – $6,000
A family’s ideal white middle class existence is shaken to its core when a large swastika makes a sudden appearance on their home.
Producer: Louise Pascale
Writer/Director: Nina Pearce

White Lilies – Short Comedy – $6,000
When a failing florist is unable to financially support his dying mother, he decides to boost his best seller; funeral arrangements.
Producer: Kate Jarret
Writer/Director: Lucy Gale

Chloe – Short Documentary – $4,000
A deeply revealing and hilarious look at the multi-talented Chloe Alison Escot: radical Tasmanian transsexual punk singer, piano balladeer, subversive standup comedian and mother of two.
Producer: Kate Jarret
Writer/Director: Nick Cowan

MRC Director Gail Kovatseff said that ‘opportunities for emerging and mid-level filmmakers to produce a short film as a calling card remains a valuable stepping stone to a professional career in the screen industry. The feature film Cargo recently produced in Adelaide, is an example of a short film that achieved huge success with over 13 million views online and was then turned into a feature film, proving that the short film to feature film pathway still remains a viable career pathway’.

The project assessors for PIP 2017 were impressed with the high quality of applications overall and congratulated all the teams, noting that the MRC’s Springboard Development Initiative, had clearly had a positive impact on the standard and level of professionalism of applications, with five of the six successful teams, having participated in Springboard.

The successful projects will receive a mix of cash and equipment hire, and will have twelve months to complete production.