Spark returns bigger and better... with Screen Territory by its side.

Posted on 21 May, 2019

DIFF 2019 announces launch and major upgrade for short film initiative “Spark”

This year, Dar­win Inter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val is team­ing up with Screen Ter­ri­to­ry to deliv­er the festival’s annu­al Spark Film Ini­tia­tive big­ger and bet­ter than ever, bring­ing emerg­ing Ter­ri­to­ri­an film­mak­ers into the spotlight.

The 2019 pro­gram will see pro­duc­tion fund­ing dou­bled for each film from $5,000 to $10,000 in sup­port of four teams whose project sub­mis­sions are select­ed. On top of this, the tal­ent pool will be expand­ing its reach to attract appli­cants from the whole of the Ter­ri­to­ry rather than only Dar­win based creatives.

The new and improved Spark” short film ini­tia­tive is sup­port­ed with prizes and career incen­tives from key nation­al screen indus­try organ­i­sa­tions includ­ing Screen Pro­duc­ers Aus­tralia (SPA), Aus­tralian Direc­tors Guild (ADG), Aus­tralian Cin­e­matog­ra­phers Soci­ety (ACS) and Alice Springs-based pro­duc­tion com­pa­ny — CAAMA

The changes to this year’s pro­gram will add a rich­ness to the fin­ished Spark films, give increased impe­tus to ris­ing film­mak­ers through prizes and career incen­tives and add sig­nif­i­cant val­ue to the over­all DIFF 2019 screen­ing pro­gram. This invest­ment in the emerg­ing NT film indus­try is one that will strength­en the Territory’s grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion for excep­tion­al arts and cul­ture and give pride to NT locals.

Entries are now open for short film project ideas. Info and guide­lines on www​.screen​ter​ri​to​ry​.nt​.gov​.au and www​.diff​.net​.au , Sub­mit your project here: https://​film​free​way​.com/​S​p​a​r​k​-2019 dead­line date for sub­mis­sions is June 16th 2019

Launched in 2017, the Spark Film Ini­tia­tive is now enter­ing its third year. While the pro­gram has already been great­ly suc­cess­ful over its short time­line, the sig­nif­i­cant­ly increased sup­port of Screen Ter­ri­to­ry for the pro­gram is set to give it an even high­er impact not only on the film fes­ti­val pro­gram, but on the entire film­ing com­mu­ni­ty of the North­ern Territory.

The Spark pro­gram show­cas­es the work of emerg­ing film­mak­ers in the NT. It is the first pro­gram of its kind, push­ing the skills of our local com­mu­ni­ty to the fore­front, grow­ing the film indus­try in the Ter­ri­to­ry and sup­port­ing film­mak­ers in broad­cast­ing their ear­ly career films to an inter­na­tion­al audience.

Blan­dine Ruf­fo, Fes­ti­val Man­ag­er of Dar­win Inter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val says,

It didn’t take any more than 2 years for the Spark Film Ini­tia­tive to become one of DIFF’s most pop­u­lar events and today we’re absolute­ly thrilled to unveil this major upscale of Spark, with Screen Ter­ri­to­ry right by our side. We’re par­tic­u­lar­ly excit­ed to be extend­ing eli­gi­bil­i­ty to all Ter­ri­to­ri­ans, thus de-cen­tral­is­ing the ini­tia­tive from Dar­win. I’m very much look­ing for­ward to dis­cov­er­ing this year’s har­vest of projects!”

Jen­nie Hugh­es, Direc­tor Screen Ter­ri­to­ry We are very excit­ed to be work­ing with DIFF on this new and improved ver­sion of SPARK” the NT’s pre­mier short film ini­tia­tive. We’re also delight­ed that SPARK” is being sup­port­ed by major screen indus­try guilds and organ­i­sa­tions. It’s imper­a­tive that we sup­port the emerg­ing screen sec­tor and SPARK” pro­vides a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to unearth our next gen­er­a­tion of tal­ent­ed Ter­ri­to­ry film­mak­ers

The col­lab­o­ra­tion between Dar­win Inter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val and Screen Ter­ri­to­ry is set to cre­ate excit­ing results for the Spark Film Ini­tia­tive this year. Both entrants, audi­ences and proud Ter­ri­to­ri­ans will reap the ben­e­fits of this new part­ner­ship, with the fur­ther invest­ment in the Ter­ri­to­ry film indus­try deep­en­ing its estab­lish­ment on a nation­al level.

Spark is all about uncov­er­ing poten­tial tal­ent. It is local films telling local sto­ries, broad­cast to an inter­na­tion­al audi­ence, putting the Ter­ri­to­ry in the spotlight.