Washington Residency

Washington Residency... the keys to Washington Street for up to three months to work on your screen venture.

The Washington Residency provides Tasmanian screen practitioners with the opportunity to concentrate on their screen project or screen business for a period of between one and three months. This “gift of time” allows filmmakers to work without distraction to break new ground and progress their screen venture.  The Washington Residency provides a home base, resources and facilities for individuals or teams of screen practitioners.  

What’s on offer:

  • Free office space at 6 Washington Street (includes electricity, water and wifi).
  • Free access to the studio/cinema, meeting room, common areas and WAT Film Kit (negotiated at application)

The inaugural recipients of the Washington Residency were Lisa Gormley and Aeshlie Wheeler.  After a successful three months establishing their business, TAS CASTING have now taken on a permanent office at Wide Angle.

TAS CASTING are so incredibly thankful for the support of Wide Angle Tasmania and the Washington Residency for giving us a productive and positive office space to establish our business. As part of the Washington Residency we received invaluable guidance in regard to our industry and direct contact with film makers and industry professionals. The space was positive, quiet and productive with all the resources we needed to get our business functioning professionally. We were also lucky enough to be enrolled in the End Game initiative which greatly supported us in achieving our goals over the 3 months.
Lisa and Aeshlie, TAS CASTING

Congratulations to Mark Thomson who was awarded the Washington Residency from October - December 2018 to progress his project that involved creating a studio-based discussion forum that was livecast through YouTube and involved participation from online viewers in the discussion and Q+A.

My residency took place in the three months of October, November and December of 2018.  My goal was to test and develop an idea I had for a live discussion show about renewable energy to be live streamed on the internet.  I had access to an office, some equipment and was able to use the hall and mini cinema for the events I had planned. It was a very ambitious project, which needed a lot of things to go right and ultimately things did not go as plannedThat being said, the first month was quite productive with the office proving a useful space to act as a mini studio for filming short videos.  I managed to get several short videos out which got some attention and engagement. The first event was beset by technical problems. The second event, though for practical reasons simpler without live streaming, proved more encouraging, with good feedback from participants and new connections made. The final event discussion and panellists were excellent. A benefit of this residency was that it allowed me the luxury of failure and to make mistakes. This in turn has led to reflection on how to modify the idea do it in a better and more practical way.  In the meantime, by doing something rather than talking about it, I’ve engaged a number of key stakeholders (who provided good feedback on content and want to support the concept) and also met some great collaborators who have experience in streaming and have provided some valuable advice on how to do it differently going forward.  This has made me more confident that I can still achieve my broader goals in the future.


We are excited to be sharing the space with our next residents who will be with us for the month of February 2019, and are looking forward to see the shining faces of Ninna Millikan, Rose Schramm and Takani Clark, representing the Women of the Island team! Welcome to the Widey family ladies!

Applications for the next round of Washington Residency running from April to June are open now. Each round is available for up to three months. 



Washington Residency Guidelines 2019
Washington Residency application 2019 (doc)
Washington Residency application 2019 (pdf)


Applications Open

February 13, 2019

Applications due

March 8


March 22

Available Residency dates

April 1 - June 30, 2019

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