SCREEN AUSTRALIA AND GOOGLE AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCE SKIP AHEAD 6
The initiative is targeted at creators who have a track record of reaching an audience on YouTube and are ready to ‘skip ahead’ their careers in terms of creative ambition and production values. Up to $150,000 in production funding will be available per project, with up to five projects to be funded. Screen Australia and Google Australia are jointly funding the initiative.
Both scripted narrative (i.e. fiction) and documentary projects are eligible, and the program guidelines detail how existing YouTube creators can submit applications together and/or work with an external production house.
Senior Online Investment Manager Lee Naimo said, “Skip Ahead not only provides Australian creatives with funding to make new content with higher production values, but it allows them to push their storytelling boundaries. We are open to applications for any kind of fiction or documentary content, whether it be short film, episodic or anything in-between creators can dream up.”
Aside from receiving production funding for their project, successful applicants will also participate in two workshops to be held in Sydney (July/August 2020 TBC). Travel and accommodation support will be provided for up to four team members per project.
Michael Cooley, Public Policy Manager, Google Australia and New Zealand said, “Skip Ahead aims to provide the next generation of Australian storytellers on YouTube with the support and tools they need to make amazing content and build new audiences, both locally and internationally. We’ve seen so many talented locals come through the program over the last five rounds, and we know Skip Ahead is an important step in the careers of many successful Australian content creators, in an ever-changing screen content environment. We’re looking forward to seeing who is next!”
Applications close 5pm AEST Thursday, 7 May 2020. Apply here
If Skip Ahead isn’t right for you, visit the Funding and Support section of the Screen Australia website to explore development and production funding opportunities for online creators.
If you are just starting out, read Screen Australia for Beginners
SKIP AHEAD ALUMNI
Skip Ahead has contributed over $3 million in funding to 24 productions. The projects released to date have amassed nearly 50 million views on YouTube and garnered critical acclaim including:
- Over and Out created by Adele Vuko and Christiaan Van Vuuren, was awarded Best Short Form Series at Canneseries 2019.
- Superwog’s pilot funded through Skip Ahead was so popular it propelled the comedy duo to land a full ABC TV series. Superwog also have the distinction of having created the top trending YouTube video in Australia in both 2017 and 2019.
- Vanessa Hill’s Braincraft content now appears on PBS in the USA.
- Michael Shanks’ project Rebooted was released this week on YouTube having been featured at Austin Film Festival, Flickerfest (Best Australian Animated Short Film) and nominated for a Best Short Film AACTA Award 2019.The full Skip Ahead alumni are included below.
Channel Title Class of Axis of Awesome Axis All Areas 2014 Mighty Car Mods Lend Us A Ride: Australia 2014 Sexual Lobster Fernando’s Legitimate Business Enterprise 2014 Veritasium This Will Revolutionise Education 2014 Neighbours Neighbours vs Zombies 2014 The Roundabout Crew and
The Australiana Hostel 2015 Aunty Donna 1999 2015 SketchShe Traffic Jam – The Musical 2015 Draw with Jazza The Tale Teller 2015 How to Cook That The Sweetest Thing 2015 Superwog The Superwog Show 2016 Charli’s Crafty Kitchen Crafty Kingdom 2016 Racka Racka Stunt Gone Wrong (Live) 2016 BrainCraft Mutant Menu 2016 Van Vuuren Bros Over and Out 2017 Study with Jess Life of Jess 2017 Timtimfed Rebooted 2017 Wengie Parked 2017 Skit Box Skit Box 2017 Neel Kolhatkar Crossing The Line 2018 Fury Fingers Love, Guns and Level Ups (to be released) 2018 Piéra Forde Nevernight 2018 Chloe Ting The Not So Social Networks (to be released) 2018 Chloe Morello YouTube Famous (to be released) 2018