3 February 2022

Bold and ambitious Film Lab: New Voices feature film skills development program fosters a new generation of diverse South Australian filmmakers

AFF and SAFC are excited to announce the 7 finalist teams in this year’s Film Lab development program.

The seven shortlisted teams vying for a place in Film Lab: New Voices 2022 are:
• Writer Nelya Valamanesh, director Nicholas Muecke and producer Sarah Wormald;
• Writer/director Tamara Hardman and producer Sarah Wormald;
• Writer/director Alies Sluiter and producer William Littleton;
• Writer/director Emma Hough Hobbs, writer/director Leela Varghese and producer Tom Phillips;
• Writer/director Stephanie Jaclyn and producer Jodie Kirkbride;
• Writer Travis Akbar, director Thibul Nettle and producer Joshua Trevorrow;
• Producer/writer Danielle Tinker, producer/director Daniel Principe and director Marcus McKenzie.
From these 7 teams, 3 will soon be selected to enter a development phase that will conclude with 1 project receiving a huge $400,000 to assist in its production, and premiere at the 2024 Adelaide Film Festival. 

The Film Lab program is a joint initiative of AFF and the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) in collaboration with Mercury CX and with the support of Screen Australia.

Previous Film Lab projects have included Sophie Hyde’s award-winning 52 TUESDAYS, starring Tilda Cobham-Hervey. The film premiered at Adelaide Film Festival before screening at Berlin (winning the esteemed Crystal Bear prize) and Sundance Film Festivals. Her latest film, GOOD LUCK TO YOU, LEO GRANDE, starring Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack, premiered at Sundance Film Festival this year.

Find out more at SAFC Film Lab