The program is part of Sq’s larger Ride Initiative, which aims to bolster filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.
Other partners in the initiative include Sbs, Madman Entertainment and The Post Lounge.
Each of the Ride shorts will be executive produced by Unless Pictures’ Meg O’Connell and Jackson Lapsley Scott. Teams will receive up to $55,000, as well as creative feedback and guidance from Unless Pictures throughout development, production, post, delivery and distribution.
In addition to the premiere at Biff, there is the potential for the shorts to stream on Sbs on Demand and packaged as an anthology feature film for theatrical distribution by Madman.
Screen Queensland’s chief creative officer Jo Dillon said Ride