Screen Queensland announces filmmakers for Authentic documentary shorts

A trio of filmmaking teams will start production on short documentary projects this month after receiving funding via Screen Queensland’s Authentic program.

Delivered in partnership with Screenworks, the initiative provides $4,000 for three filmmaking teams, based in Far North Queensland and extending to North Queensland, to produce short films about significant personalities in their region.

Janne Rytkönen, Shontell Leah Ketchell, and Robert Crispe will each work closely with a mentoring producer from ABC to refine their shooting scripts, production planning, rough cuts, and final edits, with the completed works to be considered for screening on ABC platforms.

In congratulating the recipients, Screen Queensland chief creative officer Jo Dillon said the program was an example of how the agency aimed to invest in talent across the entire state.

“We are delighted to announce Cairns teams Janne Rytkönen with Samantha Martin, and Shontell Leah Ketchell with Ewan Cutler, alongside Townsville-based creative Robert Crispe,
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