Applications open 1 June and will remain open until 6 July 2021.
This initiative is designed to act as a stepping-stone for emerging, advancing and transitioning screen industry practitioners to help them achieve their career goals.
The Quicksilver Production Initiative supports the professional development of creative talent by providing funded production opportunities of short form content that demonstrates a bold, original, artistic vision.
This is an inclusive opportunity for South Australian practitioners who are committed to pursuing a professional career in the screen industry. At least one production opportunity will be led by an emerging key creative from an underrepresented background or community.
Applications are invited from teams with projects that are in advanced stages of development and are production-ready. The lead applicant must be an MCX Member at the time of applying.
Initiative outcomes include:
- Production of a short form project to compete on the international festival circuit and/or screen online to raise the profile of the team
- Demonstration of craft, technical and creative expertise
- Facilitation of new career pathways for practitioners
- Fosters creative collaborations of cast and crew
What is offered:
Up to five production opportunities are available to draw from a total fund of $60,000.
In addition to the cash budgets offered, $2,500 of in-kind support is also provided by way of equipment and facilities hire, including $1,500 worth of public liability and volunteer insurance cover, a suite of contract templates, production forms and project mentoring from Mercury CX Production Executives.
Full details, T&Cs and supporting documentation will be provided when applications open.
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.