Activity: the expansion of Bus Stop Films’ (BSF) award-winning Accessible Film Studies Program to Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. It will see access to film school education, filmmaking opportunities and screen industry employment pathways open for up to 45 young adults living with disabilities in Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. Additionally, the delivery of the Program will see creation of at least nine new jobs by employing emerging filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to deliver the Program, and who’ll also gain above the line credits in BSF’s productions, furthering the Organisation’s contribution to diversity in the screen industry ecosystem.
Outcome: The project was an outstanding success. Each location has had a brilliant impact locally on increasing services to the screen industry and for people with disability. Both Brisbane and Melbourne now have 2 classes in each location – whilst only one class planned, demand was huge. Two films produced through the Brisbane program premiered at Brisbane International Film Festival and students in all locations have been supported into paid work in the screen industry, including Melbourne student Henriette Graham securing a role on Neighbours. The new sites are now part of Bus Stop Films’ ongoing program and have made a huge impact on the screen industry and the lives of people with disability.