Three LGBTQIA + web series from Western Australia have been given the green light for production, each receiving $ 100,000 in funding from Screenwest and Screen Australia as part of the Out Now fundraising initiative.
Out of Here, The Curse of Baba Yaga and Yokai are the three successful projects selected from the six shortlisted for development earlier this year.
Produced by Sophia Armstrong, Out of Here will be written by Tina Fielding and directed by Jacqueline Pelczar, the dynamic duo behind festival favorite, short film Sparkles.
Producer Brooke Batka and writer / director Christopher Colley will produce The Curse of Baba Yaga, which follows a gay high school student from a family with a magical twist.
Ramu Productions producer Jodie Bell, writer / producer Brooke Collard and director Ngaire Pigram will explore the life of a teenage girl from Noongar who comes together through her cosplay connection to Yokai.
The teams were first shortlisted to undertake a series of development workshops with professional mentors, including award-winning writer, director and producer Julie Kalceff (Common Language Films), writer, actor and producer Tim Spencer (Wintergarden Pictures ) and web series producer Melanie Rowland (Lilydale Films), with the ultimate goal of enabling shortlisted teams to develop their scripts and ensure target market appeal.
“Diversity within the WA display industry is at the forefront of Screenwest’s strategy. Funding three very different LGBTQIA + web series from Western Australia to go into production will no doubt help strengthen the representation of these communities. We sincerely thank Screen Australia for supporting this great initiative and look forward to when we can celebrate the release of this new WA content. said Rikki Lea Bestall, CEO of Screenwest.
“This is such a talented group of designers working on three very different and engaging projects. It has been a pleasure working with Screenwest on Out Now, and we are delighted that it has brought all three series into production. said Lee Naimo, Senior Director of Online Investments at Screen Australia.
All three Out Now projects will begin production in 2022. Out Now is a joint initiative between Screen Australia and Screenwest, made possible with support from Lotterywest.
The funded projects are:
Producer Sophia Armstrong
Writer Tina Fielding
Director Jacqueline Pelczar
Executive Producers Cody Greenwood, Deborah May
Synopsis A young homosexual woman with Down syndrome goes to Gay Pride to find “her people” and ends up having a crazy and colorful adventure with new friends and finds her first love.
THE CURSE OF BABA YAGA
Producer Brooke Batka
Writer / Director Christopher Colley
Synopsis Lucá is in love, and the only thing preventing him from finishing his fairy tale is that his family is an ancient coven of witches, demons and gods.
Ramu Productions Pty Ltd
Producer Jodie Bell
Writer / Producer Brooke Collard
Director Ngaire Pigram
Synopsis A teenage girl from Noongar, disconnected from her culture, finds her identity in cosplay until she reconnects with a member of her family.