Sq, Screen Australia and ABC team to support filmmakers from the Torres Strait

Two successful teams will have the chance to create a series for ABC iview to support the programming of 'Blue Water Empire'..

Early career writers, directors and producers will have the opportunity to bring stories from the Torres Strait Islands to screen via a new joint initiative between Screen Queensland, Screen Australia and ABC iview. .

Known as 'Straight out of the Straits', the initiative will spotlight "authentic, character-driven Torres Strait Island stories". Sucessful teams will get the chance to develop a short factual series in workshop with David Batty (Black As, Bush Mechanics), with two teams to go on to make a series for ABC iview..

This iview content will support the programming for.Blue Water Empire, a new ABC series produced by Greer Simpkin and David Jowsey which explores the history of the Torres Strait Islands.

Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira called Straight out of the Straits."a first
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Flickerfest awards announced

Eddy Bell.s Grey Bull was named best Australian short film at the 24th annual Flickerfest awards on Sunday night.

The filmt follows a South Sudanese refugee who decides to rescue a bull at the abattoir where he works, believing it.s a spiritual totem. Once home, the animal begins to jeopardise the family's chance at fitting into their new life.

A special jury prize was awarded to Carl Firth.s The Witching Hour, the saga of several people who get swept up in the mayhem of a mysterious world at midnight.

Saluted as the best Australian animation short was Bush Mechanics, which follows the adventures of bush mechanics driving over red dirt roads as the mischievous spirit .munga munga. pursues them, co-directed by Jason Japaljarri Woods and Jonathan Daw.

Atsuko Hirayanagi.s Oh Lucy! took the gong for best international short. It's the tale of a 55-year-old single 'office
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