NERVE 2018

NERVE... for your first shot at production.  Apply by May 31, 2018

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Wide Angle provides Tasmanian screen practitioners with their first shot at production.  Applications are now open to find four teams who will receive a cash budget and Wide Angle support to go through the full process of making a short screen project. Previously called Raw Nerve, this model of mentoring, training and support aims to provide screen practitioners with their first experience of an industry standard production that will progress their career, educational and/or creative aspirations.

Each team will receive a package valued at over $20 000 that includes;
• mentoring from an experienced screen industry practitioner
• advice through the script editing process
• training and coaching provided by Wide Angle
• $3 000 cash budget (the team of under 25s will have a cash budget of $4,000)
• $5 000 value of production and post production equipment hire from WAT
• insurances for the film and volunteer cast and crew
• a colour grade and sound mix provided by a post-production studio
• a gala launch of the films

NERVE is a mentored opportunity to produce a short form screen project (5-10mins) of any genre (animation, comedy, documentary, experimental and drama) designed for festival distribution.  NERVE is designed to:

  • Assist participants to develop creative, technical and collaboration skills
  • Increase interactions between experienced and emerging practitioners
  • Increase production of Tasmanian screen stories that embrace diverse subjects, employ a variety of genres, styles, technologies and platforms
  • Replenish the screen community by including new practitioners, new ideas and new approaches to production

Selection for NERVE is assessed on the strength of the story and the creative team.  The stories will be compelling, innovative and feasible with a micro-budget.  The teams will have a plan about how the produced film will be used to leverage their aspirations and importantly, they'll be hungry to work with and learn from the industry professionals who will mentor them through production.

NERVE 2018 Timeline

Applications Open

April 19, 2018

Info session at Washington St

5.30pm – 7pm Thursday April 26
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Webinar info session

6pm Tuesday May 1, 2018
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Speed networking of collaborators

6pm Tuesday May 15, 2018
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Tips for writing funding applications (NERVE)

6pm Tuesday May 22, 2018
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Pitching Workshop

6pm Tuesday May 29, 2018
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Screening of previous short films supported by WAT

2pm May 30
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Applications due

4pm Thursday May 31, 2018

Pitch your project

Monday June 4 (times to be scheduled)

Assessment process/contracting

June 5-19

Script development

June 25 – August 6


August 10 – August 24

Shoot & Post-production

Aug 27 – October 24

Mix and Grade

Oct 26 -  Nov 9


November 12

Premiere screening

Nov – Dec TBC


This initiative is designed to support early career Tasmanian directors who are seeking a mentored approach to developing and producing their screen project. 

  • All key creatives must be permanent residents of Tasmania who are financial WAT members.
  • The applicant must hold the rights to make the film.Documentary projects must be able to demonstrate access.
  • teams with an early career director. This is defined as a director who has never had any work commissioned for television, nor received screen project funding from any state or federal agency.  Teams may include experienced writers and producers.  We strongly encourage teams with a track record of collaboration to apply.
  • Have a history of engaging with WAT and the Tasmanian screen community
  • Teams applying for the under 25 opportunity supported by the Screen Tasmania/Arts Tasmania – 2018 Youth Arts Program must be aged 25 or under during 2018 (writer, director and producer).
  • able to fully commit to the initiative, including the script editing, mentoring process, training and the production timeline as outlined for each initiative.
  • if applying for a proof-of-concept film for a longer project, the project must work as a stand-alone film that can be screened at festivals.
  • The project must be an independent production - projects cannot be produced as part of any coursework.



An industry panel will select projects based on:

  • The distinctiveness of the project (eg. does it excite or inspire the panel?  Is it likely to resonate with an audience?)
  • The strength of the proposed script or treatment (eg. how strong is the visual storytelling? Can it be realised through the initiative?)
  • The level of engagement the team has had with WAT and the Tasmanian screen community
  • The benefit to the team (eg. will this project help the team achieve their screen aspirations? Will this project help build collaborative partnerships?)
  • the strength of the team (eg. with the support provided by the initiative, will the team be able to manage the production effectively? Is this team contributing to a vibrant, diverse and renewable Tasmanian screen culture?)
  • The value of allocating resources to this project and team (eg. can the project be funded elsewhere?)

Download the guidelines for all the information about this initiative.

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