Since Wide Angle Tasmania was established in 2005 we've been running initiatives designed to get Tasmanians making great screen stories and sharing them with audiences.
Wide Angle Residency was an offer of free office space (including electricity, water and wi-fi) for a period of 1-3 months, plus free access to the studio/cinema, meeting room, common areas and WAT Film Kit (by negotiation). This offer was taken up by a number of Tasmanian screen practitioners, who utilised the space to create, develop and transition their screen businesses, or to develop their creativity and branch out into different areas.
NERVE 2019 supported three filmmakers to develop their films from script to screen with support from State Growth through the Population Growth Strategy Small Grant Fund.
NERVE 2018 supported three filmmakers to develop their films from script to screen with support from State Growth through the Youth Arts Fund and the Population Growth Strategy Small Grant Fund.
Printed in Ink
The End Game initiative, with support from the Youth Arts Fund and Population Growth Strategy Small Grant Fund, helps Tasmanian screen practitioners work towards their screen dream. Since its inception in 2018, some of the End Gamers used the assistance and mentoring to produce acting or makeup showreels and others created these short films:
Step-Out Web17 was a partnership between Wide Angle Tasmania (WAT) and Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) for Tasmanian filmmakers. It was a knock-out competition designed to develop audience engagement skills, where the crowd decided which web-series were in the running for production investment including up to $20,000 cash. The winning team was Women of the Island, who were supported to create their first three webisodes:
The Step-Up Film Initiative was designed to assist early career filmmakers to keep building on their film successes. In 2015, over 100 Tasmanians and major sponsors Crowe Horwath and Blue Rocket Productions contributed $23,000 to the Step-Up Film Initiative which was match-funded through Creative Partnerships Plus One. Two films were produced:
A Girl Needs a Bike
Seven screen projects were supported into production through Wide Angle Tasmania’s Audacity Fund. With a strong mix of genres and teams, the films premiered at WAT’s ‘Hurrah Hurrah’ at the Theatre Royal in June, 2016.
The Birdmann 'LIVE'
The Calling Hours
The Garden, Part One
Before It Falls
Blood of Life
In 2016 we partnered with Screen Australia to offer Red Flag 2016, a mentored opportunity to produce a short form digital story of any genre (animation, comedy, documentary, experimental and drama) designed for any platform. The aim was that those who completed RED Flag had identified a pathway for reaching audience, an experience of creating content with a micro-budget, a screen story that delivers to the identified audience and a film that could be used as a calling card.
The Good Room
Source 'Our Co-Op'
The Conquest of Emmie
The Raw Nerve initiative (from 2008 - 2015) was a partnership between WAT, Screen Australia and the Screen Network. Each year three teams were supported to go through the process of making a short film, from script editing through to a screening of the finished film. We provided a cash budget, access to film equipment, a mentor, insurances and training. Check out the films that were produced below: