Channel 44 renews its partnership with the South Australian Film Corporation after a successful inaugural year!
In November of 2020, Channel 44 and the South Australian Film Corporation partnered to deliver a mentoring program to support First Nation filmmakers as part of the SAFC’s First Nations Screen Strategy 2021-2025.
Launched in late 2020, the partnership has already proven a success in its first year with seven First Nations practitioners undertaking internships as part of the SAFC and Channel 44 First Nations Mentorship Program and another two preparing to start in the new year.
The initial round saw four talented First Nations screen creatives receive on-the-job training at C44’s Collinswood offices, gaining valuable experience and new skills including writing funding applications, which helped them secure Community Broadcasting Foundation funding to create new First Nations talk show Mob Talks, set to go into production in 2022.
C44 general manager Lauren Hillman said, “Channel 44 is thrilled to be continuing its partnership with the SAFC in 2022, providing opportunities for emerging First Nations screen creatives to gain valuable hands-on experience in television production and learn the skills that will help to establish career pathways to paid producer and crew roles.”
Inaugural interns Kiara Milera, Keith Gilbey-Warrior, Rick Hutcheson and Anil Samy worked on C44 productions including, among others, documentary The Art of Reconciliation and First Nations Fringe, a series profiling First Nations artists presenting shows in the 2021 Adelaide Fringe.