QUICKSILVER PRODUCTION FUNDING

ANNOUNCING THE 2023 QUICKSILVER RECIPIENTS

 

PROJECTS RECEIVING $20,000

Great Divide
Producer: Adam Camporeale
Writer/Director: Stephen Packer

An estranged daughter and a vengeful young cop follow the holographic version of a wanted criminal through a remote forest.

Burnout
Producer: Lilla Berry
Director: Johanis Lyons-Reid
Writer: Piri Eddy, Lilla Berry & Johanis Lyons-Reid

When Jed and Eli steal a car, their desire to escape their lives starts a fire they can’t put out, and the grief and loss they’ve avoided comes to head.

 

PROJECTS RECEIVING $10,000

Guts
Producer: Ben Galotta
Director/Writer: Scarlet Scherer

GUTS is an anthology film documenting one night in a nightclub bathroom where an unorthodox web of coming-of-age narratives unfold and collide.

Dancing Dragon
Producer: Wei Gao + Dante Niedzwiedz
Director/Writer: Shuying (Grace) Liu

At the tail end of midlife crisis, footy fanatic Mark joins a Chinese dragon dancing team, all in a heartfelt quest to rebuild his connection with his estranged son Danny and Danny’s family.

The Hitcher
Producer: Tom Schaefer + Cooper Rees-Jones
Director/Writer: Henry Reimer Meaney

The Hitcher is a social satire that follows the accidental dance sensation, Ash, as he grapples with grief, the road and going viral.

I’m the Most Racist Person I Know
Producer: Suriyna Sivashanker
Director/Writer: Leela Varghese

When Lali unexpectedly ends up on a date with another woman of colour for the first time, it leads to a transformative self-examination of her internalised racism.

The Shifting Eyes
Producer: Bryce Kraehenbuehl
Director/Writer: Alex Salkicevic

An office worker navigates a new job’s networking event – but can she avoid the shifting eyes.

FIRST NATIONS PROJECTS RECEIVING $8,000

Second Chance
Producer: Tim Harkness
Director/Writer: Thibul Nettle

After a chance roadside encounter sparks an instant connection between recently single Sarah, and a kind hearted Taylor, their paths diverge, only to intertwine once more when they are unknowingly set up on a blind date by well-meaning friends, offering them a potential second shot at love.


The Mysterious Maiden of Montefiores
Producer: Josh Trevorrow
Director/Writer: Travis Akbar

In 1854, two competing suitors for the mysterious maiden of Montefiores hand in marriage, are forced to settle their differences in the last legal duel New Holland will ever witness.

PROJECTS RECEIVING $7,000


A Nightmare on Felt Street
Producer: Craig Jackson
Director/Writer: Brendan Godfrey

Caught in a diabolical trap by his recently deceased father, awkward Henry finds himself in a fight to the death with his best friend Blue – who happens to be a puppet.

Liability
Producer: Jasmine Leech
Director/Writer: David Daradan
Additional Creative: Joshua Campton

Louis, a socially awkward support worker, discovers a few things were left out of his job description when he’s paired with Kyle, a young rapper with Downs Syndrome and a dangerous side hustle.

Great Deliverance
Producer: Jasmine Leech
Director/Writer: Guy Henderson

When an elderly queer man visits his younger self in 1950s Adelaide, they must both reconcile their opposing beliefs before a traumatic event seals their fate.

 

ABOUT

In 2023 we are funding a massive 12 projects including 2 First Nations projects.

PRODUCTION GRANTS BREAKDOWN

x3 Projects at 7k
x5 Projects at 10k
x2 Projects at 20k

x2 First Nations Short Films OR Proof of Concepts at 8k

WHAT ARE WE FUNDING
Short narrative and documentary films – up to 15min end run time
Web Series projects totalling 15min

For the First Nations Projects, we are open to short films or proof of concept that are 5-7min in length.

Each selected project will include 1 mentor for a
Key Creative or HOD of your choice. 

First Nations Projects will be matched with a mentor for either the Writer, Director, Producer or a collective project-based mentor.

Submissions are to be made by the Producer of the project and that person must be a Mercury Subscriber. Make sure to read the Quicksilver guidelines to ensure you and your project are eligible for funding.

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