Bunya Talent Indigenous Hub


Applications are now open and close 13 December, 2019 at 5.00pm AEDT.

Are you a mid-career Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander screen creative with a big idea for a TV series or feature? The Bunya Talent Indigenous Hub – Los Angeles is now open for applications.

Presented in association with Netflix Australia and Screen Australia Indigenous Department, the Bunya Talent Indigenous Hub is a five-day talent incubator taking place in Los Angeles, USA in March 2020 aimed at mid-career writers, showrunners, directors and producers. Up to 8 Indigenous screen practitioners will be selected to travel to Los Angeles to develop and pitch a film or television project, including attending meetings and presentations by executives from Netflix and other industry practitioners.

At the end of the incubator, one applicant’s work will be selected to proceed to further development with Bunya Productions as producers, receiving up to $20,000 in further development funding in association with Screen Australia and Netflix Australia.

“LA provides access to some of the screen industry’s biggest heavyweights, and over the course of the week the Indigenous creatives will not only meet and pitch to Netflix Executives, but hear from industry showrunners, producers and production companies changing the landscape in the inclusive storytelling space. It’s a great way to demystify Hollywood and build important future networks,” says Penny Smallacombe, Head of Indigenous at Screen Australia.

“At Netflix, we’ve seen how great stories can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere. Our local creatives have the opportunity to find audiences all around the world. We couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Bunya Talent Indigenous Hub in Los Angeles and have the opportunity to work with Indigenous creators to help develop and share their stories,” says Nick O’Donnell, Public Policy Director for Netflix Australia.

Bunya Talent, Netflix Australia and Screen Australia will provide all travel and accommodation. Applicants need to have experience in the screen industry as a producer, writer, director or showrunner. Applicants must be available to attend the Talent Hub in Los Angeles in March 2020.

This workshop is supported by Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department and Netflix Australia.

For further information contact Bunya Productions at bunyatalent@bunyamediagroup.com

How to apply

Please submit the following materials to bunyatalent@bunyamediagroup.com by 5:00pm AEDT on December 13th 2019.

Successful applicants must be able to attend the five-day incubator in Los Angeles in March 2020 (Dates TBC).

Projects must be led by Indigenous creatives.

Submission materials

One page synopsis
2 page pitch
One page describing where your project is at in development, an outline of your career to date and how your experience and background meets the aims of the workshop.
One page outline of all key creatives currently involved with the project.

About Bunya Productions

Bunya has produced and collaborated on a slate of award-winning feature films, all of which have premiered at a top international film festival: Sweet Country (Venice Competition and Toronto Platform), Goldstone (Toronto Platform), Mystery Road (Toronto), Jasper Jones (Shanghai), Toomelah (Cannes), Mad Bastards (Sundance) and Satellite Boy (Berlin and Toronto).

Bunya’s latest feature film, Sweet Country, directed by Warwick Thornton won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Best Film and numerous other international awards.

Bunya’s television division produced the ratings hit Mystery Road starring Aaron Pedersen and Judy Davis which broadcast on the ABC, BBC4, Acorn (US) and the Soho Channel (NZ) with many more regions still to roll out. Bunya’s 3-part drama documentary series Blue Water Empire on the history for the Torres Strait Islands will broadcast on the ABC in 2019.

Past dramatic feature films include Goldstone which opened the 2016 Sydney Film Festival and won 5 awards at the 2016 Australian Film Critics Circle Awards and Mystery Road which opened the 2013 Sydney Film Festival and garnered many awards including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor at both the 2014 Australian Film Critics Association and the 2014 FCCA Awards for Australian Film.