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Seeking screen creatives for the EMERGING HOTHOUSE SCHEME.

Mercury CX, in partnership with City of Adelaide's Cultural Partnerships Program is excited to be seeking applications from emerging creatives for the second Emerging Hothouse Scheme.

The Emerging Hothouse Scheme will provide an emerging screenwriter, producer and cinema projectionist with the chance to 'learn through doing' in a supportive 12-week, flexible residency at Mercury CX. Chosen participants will have access to workspace, mentoring, equipment and facilities. They will also receive annual Mercury CX membership.

It is anticipated that the Hothouse Scheme will help lead participants to employment opportunities within the screen industry.

The Writer:

The selected writer will be mentored by the in-house head of development on their own project, with the aim to complete crucial concept or story documents by the end of the residency. The writer should be ready to start pitching their project and/or begin writing their script at the conclusion of the residency.

The Producer:

The selected producer will be guided through the art of finance plans, budgets, legals, pitch decks, production processes and marketplace. They will receive mentoring over the course of the residency to gain an understanding of the broader industry landscape and hone their pitching skills. By the end of the residency, the producer will have developed and/or packaged their own project ready for market.

The Cinema Projectionist:

The cinema projectionist will be provided with hands-on experience in the processes of projection across DCP, 35mm and 16mm formats. They will also learn about running the projection booth and will be mentored on best practice by our highly-skilled, in-house projectionist.

It is understood participants will often need to juggle other commitments around the residency, hence, being physically at the Mercury CX full-time is not mandatory or expected, though, a commitment to reach your stated goal within the 12-week residency is imperative.

This residency is provided through resources and mentoring. There is no financial component provided.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants must be South Australian residents and 18+
  • Students are not eligible to apply
  • Any applicant in default of any contractual obligations to Mercury CX are not eligible to apply


11:55PM, 31 July 2022

Please direct any enquiries to Kelly Schilling:

Scheme Partners