Freelance Film Fasttrack Workshop Series

We are offering ONE FULL SCHOLARSHIP to attend this course.
Send 2 paragraphs to [email protected] detailing how you think Freelance Film Fasttrack will help you achieve your goals.
Applications close: 5pm Monday March 13th 2023
The successful participant will be contacted by Wednesday March 15th.

FREELANCE FILM FASTTRACK is an intensive three-weekend accelerator for anyone wanting to improve their professional practice in the local Tasmanian screen industry. It’s ideal for those who want to turn film dreams into a professional reality, and practitioners who are already freelancing in screen who want to improve and consolidate their business.

The focus of the intensives are business basics, money management, and marketing. The presentations are fast, fun and information-packed workshops with a practical component so that participants leave with both a breadth of knowledge and a real-world action plan to help them take the next professional steps.

Business advisor and creative industries guru Monica Davidson will deliver the workshops over three weekends. Wide Angle Tasmania is pleased to provide this opportunity to the Tasmanian screen sector, supported by the Tasmanian Government.

This series of workshops is made possible with support from Screen Tasmania, and has been heavily subsidised to ensure a minimal barrier of entry. Our aim is to ensure that anyone who would benefit from these workshops is able to access them. A similar series of workshops took place at Wide Angle in 2019, under the name Screen Entrepreneurs, and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from those who attended. We are ridiculously excited to welcome Monica back to Tasmania for Freelance Fasttrack!

The workshops are made up of the following weekends:

FREELANCE FILM FASTTRACK is designed for screen freelancers and small screen business operators. Monica will cater for those with established businesses and those who are scoping a business opportunity or just starting out. Even if you've done the previous course, come and hang out and refresh your screen-biz knowhow! 

(If you are experiencing financial difficulty but would still like to do the course, please don't hesitate to contact us.)

Breaking it down


Day 1 - Saturday 18th March

  • Getting started and Introductions
  • Be Your Own Boss Self-Accountability 101
  • Goal-Setting: How to do it inside out.
  • PRACTICAL Brainstorming Short Term Goals
  • Time Management Tricks for Beginners
  • Business Planning that Actually Works
  • PRACTICAL - The Goal Matrix

Day 2 - Sunday 19th March

  • Structurally Sound Entities and Enterprises
  • Understanding the ABN, ASIC and ABLIS
  • Being Unique Registering a business name
  • PRACTICAL What Are You?
  • Introduction to Legal Issues
  • Copyright and Contracts The Basics
  • Where to go to get more help.
  • Wrap-Up and Pack-Up


Day 3 - Saturday 1st April

  • Understanding the realities of irregular income
  • Working out your Budgets - Eurgh!
  • What is Cashflow?
  • What should I charge? Finally, the answer...
  • Invoicing - The Basics
  • Diversifying your Creative Income
  • PRACTICAL - Brainstorm the Stream

Day 4 - Sunday 2nd April

  • Sexy Insurance Basics - how it works
  • What You Need - Public Liability, Professional Indemnity and more.
  • Workcover and Injury
  • Superannuation - Yes, You're Entitled
  • What is Taxable income?
  • How does income tax work for employees?
  • What about freelancers?
  • Hobby or Business? You be the judge...
  • Deductions for your Creative Work
  • Record Keeping for Beginners
  • Where to Get Help (and an accountant)


Day 5 - Saturday 15th April

  • What is Marketing? No, it’s not that...
  • The Seven Steps to Strategy
  • The Basics of YOU
  • PRACTICAL How to introduce yourself
  • Who are your Clients?
  • Building Characters
  • PRACTICAL Make Your Own Margaret
  • The Competition
  • PRACTICAL Market Research Time

Day 6 - Sunday 16th April

  • The Myths of Luck and Word of Mouth
  • Strategies Your Website
  • Strategies Your Social Media
  • Strategies Networking
  • PRACTICAL I Hate Networking
  • Start at the End what do you want?
  • PRACTICAL Your Marketing Plan
  • Wrap-Up and Pack-Up (and Wine Time)


Business advisor and creative industries expert Monica Davidson from the Creative Plus Business Group. Monica is a writer and filmmaker by trade who learned how to run a successful creative business and now shares that knowledge with others. In her workshops Monica discusses her own experiences, and shares examples from the 500-plus people she has mentored through the process of starting and building their creative businesses.


More Info and Bookings

Cost: Tickets are now available, inclusive of GST and lunch.

  Wide Angle Members
$255 Full Course 
$155 Single Weekend
$645 Full Course
$230 Single Weekend

Venue: Wide Angle Tasmania, 6 Washington Street, South Hobart

Bookings are available via this page or contact the Wide Angle Office.

(If you are experiencing financial difficulty but would still like to do the course, please don't hesitate to contact us.)

To register for the workshops, please complete the registration form below, read the course fee refund policy and pay in full.


If money is an issue for you, we have limited fee-reduced places available. Please get in touch via email or phone to discuss.

For more information or if you have any questions call Wide Angle on 6223 8344 or email at [email protected]

Testimonials from the last time Monica visited

March 18, 2023 at 10:00am - March 20, 2023
Wide Angle Tasmania
Wide Angle Tas · · 6223 8344

Will you come?

$645.00 Full Course - Non-Member
$255.00 Full Course - WAT Member
$230.00 Single Weekend Course - Non-Member
$155.00 Single Weekend Course - WAT Member

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