Production Development Calendar
In order to facilitate the film production process, the DIFF INITIATIVE will oversee a series of comprehensive filmmaking workshops including script development, pre-production, production and post-production.
Throughout the year the Darwin International Film Festival will also assist participants to meet other filmmakers and gain mentorship from visiting filmmakers, film production events, networking and other industry development opportunities.
APRIL - MAY
Open to all, this initial phase of the SPARK Initiative will culminate with a script competition. The Judging panel is composed of local and national Film Industry professionals who will select 5 scripts to go into production under the SPARK Short Film Initiative. For more info, please refer to the Spark Script Development Plan.
At the start of June, the project must lock in a Producer and Director who will be able to develop the project in association with the screenwriter to a point of production-ready script. By mid-June, the five selected SPARK projects will go into pre-production, which will involve working out the budget, finalising the cast and crew and storyboarding the scenes. Producer and Director teams will be expected to lock in all their key cast and crew, including Director of Photography, Editor, Lighting and Sound Recordist, and Actors by the end of June.
Having gone through all pre-production planning, the teams will be expected to go into production for their film in July. All filming should be completed by the end of July.
EDITING & POST-PRODUCTION
Post Production will take place over the month of August, involving editing, VFX, sound mixing, original score, soundtrack and sound design, grading, mixing and mastering of the short films.
The SPARK short films will be screened at the Darwin International Film Festival at a special premiere screening open to the public at the Deckchair Cinema, Darwin’s premiere cinema venue.
FESTIVAL OUTREACH AND SUBMISSIONS
After the premiere screening, DIFF SPARK INITIATIVE will support the filmmakers in the process of sending their work to national and international film festivals.