The New South Wales Film and Television Office (FTO) is calling for "compelling and distinctive" feature film scripts to be the first beneficiaries of the inaugural Aurora feature film script development workshops. Applicants must intend making the film in the state of NSW and the scripts must have a writer, director and producer attached.
The artistic director of Aurora will be Stephen Cleary, former head of development at British Screen and most recently artistic director of Arista, the largest private development agency for features in the UK.
The residential workshops will be held in two parts, six months apart, and will include input from local and international practitioners. They have an emphasis on teams and were devised after the FTO had examined a number of international models including France's Equinoxe and America's Sundance. Fast tracking projects was also a factor behind the model chosen.