Meet Mercury CX: 2021 Program Overview

Meet Mercury CX: 2021 Program Overview

Following a sold-out live launch of the Mercury CX 2021 program CEO Karena Slaninka and members of the team provide an overview of the initial programs for the year. 

This one-hour session covers the 2021 programs offered by Mercury CX including the new Springboard and Quicksilver initiatives and the new MCX Membership program.

The next wave of visionary SA filmmaking talent

The next wave of visionary SA filmmaking talent

A bold, ambitious and creative program, Film Lab: New Voices, will foster a new generation of South Australian filmmakers in a new initiative from the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and Adelaide Film Festival in collaboration with Mercury CX.

With a direct focus on feature film, the program will give three South Australian creative teams industry mentoring across a 12-month period to develop a low-budget feature film script. One project will be selected to move into production and the final film will premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival 2022.

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni made the announcement at the Adelaide Film Festival Made in SA event, a showcase of South Australian short films.

“This wonderful new initiative has great local benefits as the project will be wholly produced and post-produced in South Australia, providing local jobs and upskilling opportunities for crew and emerging talent,” Minister Pisoni said.

“Importantly, this is a skills development program that will accelerate career pathways for outstanding, diverse, emerging talent in South Australia.

“This collaboration between the SAFC, Adelaide Film Festival and Mercury CX demonstrates the kind of streamlined approach that delivers the best outcomes for the entire sector.”

Hanlon Larsen Screen Fellowship inaugural winner 2020

Hanlon Larsen Screen Fellowship inaugural winner 2020

Filmmaker, designer and animator, Flinders University alumna Emma Hough Hobbs, has taken out the inaugural $35,000 Hanlon Larsen Screen Fellowship from a competitive field of 50 candidates.

Her project, ‘Film On Film‘ (Working title), is a 3-6 minute experimental doc-animation hybrid exploring the compelling charm of celluloid, which Emma says aims to showcase “how to spot when a film has been shot with the good stuff”.

“It will be shot on Kodak stock and the animation will then be captured frame by frame on Kodak film itself, allowing the audience to realise and appreciate the feeling celluloid can lend to a film,” she explains.

While locally collaborative, the project taps into the worldwide fascination with the capturing of light.

Launched in April 2020, funds an experimental film project with production and in-kind support of $35,000 in partnership with Flinders University and Mercury CX.

The completed project will screen as part of the Adelaide Film Festival.

The screen fellowship has been established by SA Film Corporation chairman Peter Hanlon, in honour of his friend, collaborator and industry luminary, the late Flinders University screen production lecturer Cole Larsen.

Quicksilver built to support local film makers

Quicksilver built to support local film makers

In researching the factors that led to success in screen careers, the Mercury CX identified production opportunities as one of the most-cited features of professional development.

Drawing on the depth of experience through the highly successful PIP production funding, in 2021, Mercury CX will introduce the Quicksilver Production Fund. There have been a number of highly successful shorts delivered or aided through this program.

This initiative is open to emerging practitioners at different stages in their career pathway.  Selection is competitive and will be based on the strength of the script and the career-building opportunity for the creative team.  

In 2021, there will be a strong focus on support for production-ready projects. Whilst not limited to participants in the new Springboard Plus program, this 12-week program will provide potential Quicksilver applicants a range of ways to prepare a project for the formal development processes.

Applications will open mid-year. 

 

Michael Clarkin’s Short SMASHED invited to Berlin

Michael Clarkin’s Short SMASHED invited to Berlin

Fuelled by jealousy, a group of larrikins kidnap footy hero Christian (Leo Santangelo) to gain the attention of Christian’s girlfriend Jess (Sarah Jeavons). Their prank soon swerves out of control, trapping the youths in a recurring nightmare in the South Australian bush.

Smashed was born from Sean Lahiff’s (Director) ‘testosterone filled youth’ of larrikins, cars, petrol heads and parties while growing up in South Australia. There are times that the film, at just under thirteen minutes, feels like it’s a teaser trailer for a feature-length film with a story that practically begs to be drawn out and characters who manage to create intrigue even without the usual comfort of spoken dialogue.

Smashed had its international premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February and has two screenings at the Sydney Film Festival this month, its Australian premiere.