What is Impact Australia?
Impact Australia is the first internationally-held Impact program. The inaugural program launched in July 2020 in partnership with ScreenAustralia, Gentle Giant Media Group, Film Victoria, and other Australian federal and state government agencies and saw 14 of the best writers from across the nation complete Impact’s rigorous accelerator to incredible success, with every single writer either signing with a manager or attaching a producer to their project. Following-up on that success, Impact and its partners are excited to partner up again in 2021 to launch the second Impact Australia program.
What happens during Impact Australia?
During the accelerator, around 10 selected writers/writing teams (called Creators/Creative Teams) will each be paired with a best in class screenwriter or showrunner (called Shapers) to take their projects from the idea stage to a fully-realized screenplay or TV series.
Impact will provide a space for Shaper and Creator pairs to meet twice weekly in person as the Creators hone their ideas into polished scripts and series bibles. This co-working space will also be open for the Creators to work in outside of the program's formal meetings and events.
In addition, we host weekly meals and seminars featuring keynote speakers and panels where Creators and Shapers can hear stories and receive advice from renowned leaders of all industries in an informal, social setting.
The program culminates in Pitch Day, where the Creators pitch their project to a select group of international buyers, producers, showrunners, and representatives.
How does Impact Australia program differ from Impact LA?
The Impact program in Australia is almost exactly the same as the LA program, with the exception of location and eligibility - only Australian citizens and permanent residents of Australia may participate.
Will Impact Australia occur in 2021?
Hopefully! Yes! Applications are open now until 27 June 2021 at 11:59pm Melbourne time (AEST).