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Refugee & Asylum Seeker Script Development

Refugee & Asylum Seeker Script Development 2020

Cinespace are taking expressions of interest for a series of online tutorials and support sessions for Refugees & Asylum Seekers living in Victoria who wish to develop a story based on lived experience, into a narrative project for the screen. Our aim to is support writers to tell their story in their own voice.

The Refugee & Asylum Seeker Script Development project is designed to help authors, novelists, writers or storytellers with lived experience as a current or former refugee or asylum seeker turn their story into a script/plan for a narrative (scripted) screen project.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of a screen story, screenplay format as well as scene writing/scene dynamics. We will also look at how a factual story can be effectively adapted into a fictional or semi-fictional scripted format.

Projects may be conceived as a film (feature film, telemovie or short film), or as a television series, that can be pitched to a producer for further development.

Participants will develop a short outline document for their story, plus a sample script scene. The project culminates in an online reading of the written scenes, to allow for facilitator and peer feedback.

What is the commitment?

Participants will attend a series of 8 x 2 hour online workshops over 8 weeks, plus an additional group script reading session within one month of the final session. Outside of this, participants should plan to complete writing approximately 5-10 pages, including an outline story document and sample script scene.

Who is running the workshop?

The project will be facilitated by an experienced credited screenwriter/educator.

Who is the workshop for?

  • some writing experience, and a personal story

  • a desire to explore that story as a work of fiction for the screen

  • over 18 years of age

  • living in Victoria

  • lived experience as a refugee or asylum seeker

Need an Interpreter?

Cinespace encourages applicants with lower level English speaking/writing skills to participate in this program with a self-provided interpreter.

Other Supports

Cinespace has partnered with XX who are available to support participants with any individual needs during the workshop, such as counselling or trauma support.


This event is scheduled to take place remotely (online) using Zoom due to current Covid-19 restrictions


Dates are to be confirmed however we estimate the program will commence in August 2020. You can identify your preferred availability in the EOI form below.

Register your Interest:

A Cinespace Inc. project supported by Eastweb Fund (through the Foundation for Young Australians)

info@cinespace.org.au | ABN 52 689 410 229

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