Scripted Ink. is pleased to announce that it has recently partnered with two Australian screenwriters to provide development funding for their feature film projects.
Max Walker and Charalabos (Harry) Aletras, both Australian Writers’ Guild Pathways writers, have received development funding and mentorships as part of Scripted Ink.’s dedication to investing in Australian screen content and bringing commercially viable scripts and great writers to the Australian and international industry.
Max Walker’s project The Peacemaker has received development funding for the production of a third market-ready script, with internationally renowned screenwriter Jan Sardi brought on as a mentor.
Speaking at the Scripted Ink. launch in August 2016, Walker highlighted the importance of Scripted Ink. investing support and money in Australian screenwriters: ‘I cannot state strongly enough how much we need you with us. To hold our voices bold: To keep our stories strong,’ he said.
Harry Aletras has also received script development funding for a second draft of his project Martingale, and a mentorship with AWGIE Award-winning screenwriter Blake Ayshford.
Aletras was inducted into the Australian Writers’ Guild’s Pathways Program after winning the Adelaide Film Festival’s INSITE Award in 2015 for Martingale. His mentor Blake Ayshford won the inaugural INSITE Award before going on to write two feature films including Cut Snake, which premiered at Melbourne Film Festival and was selected for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
‘Writing for the screen, especially original screenplays, is a lonely and isolated business,’ said Ayshford. ‘Through the generosity of Scripted Ink. I have the chance to offer my skills and experience to Harry and Martingale.
‘Harry’s a natural. A terrifically talented writer, who manages to incorporate real intellectual depth with humour and lightness, a blend that makes Martingale a surprising and very exciting twist on the crime genre,’ he said.
Aletras had similar praise for the opportunity and his mentor:
‘With Scripted Ink.’s development funding, I am afforded the opportunity to further develop my skills as a screenwriter under the careful guidance of Blake Ayshford, winner of the inaugural INSITE award and arguably among the finest screenwriters working in Australia today,’ he said.
The Peacemaker and Martingale are the first of Scripted Ink.’s currently funded projects to be announced since its launch in August 2016. To find out more about Scripted Ink., including what support Scripted Ink. offers and how to be considered for Scripted Ink., visit the website here.