Film Greenhouse is not your ordinary School Holiday Program for young people aged 13-19.

Rather, it is a filmmaking incubator where young directors, writers, actors and filmmakers learn the process of filmmaking under the mentorship of award winning filmmakers using professional broadcast equipment.

The initiative, run by Mast Films and Clarence City Council gives young people the chance to write, direct, crew and star in their own short film shot at various locations in the Clarence area.

Film Greenhouse was conceived and developed by Mast Films Director Lucien Simon who previously developed the curriculum and facilitated Film Hothouse with Wide Angle Tasmania and Council.

“The Film Hothouse model had successfully supported young filmmakers with many previous Hothouse participants now working in the film industry or studying at college or university level,” Lucien said.

“Film Greenhouse takes the Hothouse model one step further. The program has been developed to create two films specifically to be entered into film festivals like Flickerkids and Little Big Shorts.

“This program isn’t just about learning and making films but also about gaining film credits which, more than anything helps open the doors for young filmmakers.”

Film Greenhouse holds three programs from beginners to advanced level:

  • Filmmaking Incubator: Rose Schramm from Wide Angle Tasmania takes 13-17 years through all technical aspects (lighting, camera, sound) required for making a short film. Participants then take on various roles of a film crew during a film shoot of two short films using professional broadcast equipment. Workshop runs from 4-7 October.
  • Screen Acting: NIDA Graduate Maeve McGregor (Home and Away, The Kettering Incident) will run an intensive workshop in screen acting for youngsters aged 13-17. Participants will then act in one of two short films that will be shot that same week. Workshop runs from 4 – 7 October.
  • Advanced filmmaking for young writers and directors: Briony Kidd (Director of Stranger with my Face International Film Festival, Award-winning Director Rebecca Thomson and Award winning director Lucien Simon) will facilitate writing and directing master classes for people aged between 15-19 years. From the master classes, two scripts will be produced and two participants chosen to direct them. The workshop starts on 13 September.

Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman said the partnership with Mast Films is another example of Council continuing to engage people in the arts.

“Council is very proud to be a partner in Film Greenhouse to help give young people creative opportunities to explore and develop right here in Tasmania that can open up a world of possibilities,” Mayor Chipman said.

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