The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the Victorian Government have created the ultimate incubator for emerging documentarians, and are seeking promising young Victorians to apply for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Hothouse is a week-long intensive program for Victorian students in Years 10 to 12, aimed at nurturing creativity and moving image skills. Ten students are picked each year and dropped into a fast-paced studio to gain hands-on production experience, contacts in the industry, and plenty of career inspiration.
The workshop, which is facilitated by ACMI, takes place during the July school holidays. It is structured around a production timeline, allowing students to develop vital skills for the film and television industry including idea development and research, scripting, interviewing, location shooting, editing, post-production time management and planning skills. Throughout the course of the week, participants will be given access to ACMI’s state-of-the-art production facilities, including a fully-equipped TV studio, editing suites and sound booths, and will also shoot off-site in a range of conditions. The week culminates in a screening of the five to seven minute documentaries for the participants’ family, friends and teachers.
A highlight of the program is the opportunity to work with established professionals. This year documentarian and media activist Anna Helme will work with participants on how to tell factual stories on challenging issues through film. Emerging producer Atalanti Dionysus will also guide participants through the process, drawing on her experiences in documentary filmmaking, television sketch comedy, award-winning music videos and commercials.
The Hothouse program has built a creative alumni community of young filmmakers, animators and game developers, most of whom have progressed to tertiary study in the same field, and some of whom have brought projects to fruition including films, web series’ and award-winning app games. Alumni of the program are often engaged by ACMI to participate in other programs and activities, making the program a memorable personal and professional growth opportunity.
Hothouse is FREE for selected participants. Support for those living outside of Metropolitan Melbourne is also available.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY 5 JUNE 2015