My Home Short Film Project

Sep 11, 2020

Southland Set to Take Local Stories to the Screen

TEN young aspiring filmmakers will gain the opportunity to tell their stories of the South Coast, after a Culburra Beach start-up won a coveted Screenrights Cultural Fund grant this month.

Southland Creative — a not-for-profit organisation delivering cultural, creative and educational projects — was one of seven recipients of the Screenrights grant across Australia and New Zealand, for its innovative ‘My Home’ short film project.

The project offers filmmakers aged 17 to 24 years living in the Kiama, Shoalhaven, and Batemans Bay areas the opportunity to gain skills and experience via mentorships with a team of industry professionals.

Each filmmaker will create their own story of connection to home, culture and country on the South Coast, from initial concept through to short film.

“This project comes at a time when creative people are more isolated and disadvantaged than ever, living in a region ravaged by drought, bushfire, flood and global pandemic.”

Alex McNeilly

Southland , Co-founder and Chair

Applications Close 15th November 2020

Aspiring filmmakers aged 17-24 located in the Kiama, Shoalhaven and Batemans Bay areas should register their Expression of Interest in the My Home short film project at

Southland Creative is a not-for-profit organisation headed up by Culburra Beach resident Alex McNeilly, and Vincentia-based designer and web developer Paul Ducco.

Other Southland board members and film project mentors include award-winning Cambewarra filmmaker Jonnie Leahy, Cambewarra musician and composer Damien Lane, Culburra Beach cinematographer Ernie Van Veen, and writer and educator Lucy Robertson.

“We started having conversations during the COVID lockdown in April. Many of us had felt a significant reduction in work ourselves, and with no JobKeeper entitlement for creatives like artists, musicians and filmmakers, we started wondering how young people in our area were coping with a very difficult year.”

Paul Ducco

Designer and Web Developer

Successful applicants will be announced at the end of November.
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