Meet the Future Creative Initiative Finalists


8 Mar 2019




Meet the Future Creative Initiative Finalists

8 Mar 2019

As SAE celebrates its wonderfully talented female staff, students and alumni this International Women’s Day, we check in with the Future Creatives Initiative, a program developed by Taival Films to help emerging female identifying script writers make their story a reality. 

With script submissions closed, the finalists pitched their screenplays to the three industry mentors at the final day of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival. The three finalists were announced at the closing night ceremony and were partnered with a mentor who will guide and assist them over the next 2 months. 

Meet The Finalists

Congrats to Nik James, Mattie McLeod and Georgia Ketels who are the three writers selected into the Future Creative Initiative’s mentorship program!

Nik James’ script is called Stalling and her mentor is Stephanie Phillips. 

Stalling: "A eccentric story about two teenagers, Eva and Frankie, who are the last two people on earth and are contemplating suicide on the edge of a cliff."

Mattie McLeod’s script is Touie and her mentor is Edwina Exton 

Touie: "Casey accidentally clones her Ex Boyfriend and realises she has a unique opportunity to make the perfect man."

Georgia Ketels story is Recollection and her mentor is Anita Jankovic. 

Recollection: "A woman pieces together the scent of her deceased daughter."

These three amazingly talented writers will now work with the Mentors for the next two months to refine their stories.

The next phase on the initiative will be a final presentation day at the end of April, where the writers hand in their final scripts and present their stories to Taival Films team. The winner will be announced shortly after and will be be the recipient of the 'Emerging Screenwriter Award 2019' and will have their screenplay produced by Taival Films with a production budget of $5,000. Pre-production for their film will start in May.

Taival Films are searching for crew members to produce the film of the winning script. Applications are open until 6th of May and crew selections will be announced by the 15th of May Filming is planned to take place in mid July. All roles are open for applications - Director, DOP, Producer, you name it.  To apply for a position on the crew please visit:


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