Flip the script and go vertical for cash

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Screen Queensland has announced grants for producers of vertical online content. | Photo: (iStock)

TikTok creators rejoice. $10,000 grants are up for grabs to help you hone your craft.

For the first time, Screen Queensland is offering support to producers of vertical content .

It is urging applications from the state’s emerging talent to create innovative scripted, factual or artistic vertical content for Instagram Reels, YouTube Shorts and TikTok.

Screen Queensland Chief Creative Officer Dr Belinda Burns said the industry explored all formats of screen media, including the continuously evolving content creator industry.

Dr Burns said the Channel Lab: Short Cuts initiative would support up to 10 emerging Queensland teams with $10,000 each to develop and produce an innovative vertical series.

“Over the five-month program, participants will also receive guidance from industry professionals through in-depth online workshops to support the critical development, production and release stages for the selected projects,” she said.

Participants will explore best practice production approaches and practical ways to maximise resources, while also connecting with creators from around the state as they progress their minimum of three-episode series ready to debut on the platform.

Dr Burns said Channel Lab provided Queensland creatives with transformative opportunities to develop their skills and share their storytelling on a global scale via online platforms.

“Increasingly, the next generation of storytellers are choosing these platforms to reach audiences with content that is exciting, fresh and original.

“At Screen Queensland, we are committed to championing these emerging creators and excited by the potential of the genres, voices and formats thriving in these online spaces.”

Applications for Channel Lab: Short Cuts close on Monday, June 17.