After an extensive, nation-wide call out, ABC and Screen Australia are pleased to announce that the first recipients chosen to take part in The Kaleidoscope Project have been selected.
Launched last year, the joint ABC/Screen Australia initiative – The Kaleidoscope Project – supports and showcases the best of Australia’s next generation of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) filmmakers, by offering career changing opportunities and mentorship.
From many highly competitive and creative applicants to consider, it was the films of emerging Australian CaLD creatives Lara Köse, Mary Duong, Rachel Choi, Taku Mbudzi and Ravi Chand that impressed the most. Now with the support and guidance of ABC and Screen Australia executives, these talented, young filmmakers will have the opportunity to create a standalone film that reflects and captures the experience of young Australians from a CaLD person living in Australia today. Their films will premiere on ABC ME, the ABC ME app and ABC iview in March 2022 as part of Harmony Day.
Amanda Isdale, ABC Executive Producer says, “The ABC is thrilled to be supporting these talented creators to deliver their compelling, nuanced and unique stories to ABC audiences. These exciting films explore themes familiar to young Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people – identity, belonging, expectations, sense of agency and connection to culture – with heart, humour and authenticity. By helping to showcase and amplify the stories of these filmmakers, we hope our audience will relate, connect and be thoroughly entertained!”
Jenevieve Chang, Development Executive at Screen Australia says, “Each of these beautiful stories offer up a truth that is incredibly specific to the experience of displacement and at the same time, they are able to heal that chasm through the universal power of love, family and friendship. Representation is more than skin deep, and we’re committed to celebrating the creativity of storytellers who reflect the cultural richness of children and young people in Australia today. We look forward to bringing these stories to the screen in partnership with the ABC.”