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RESIDENCY is our flagship program, offering a 3 month residency to CALD, BIPOC and First Nations filmmakers to create screen projects.


CINESPACE RESIDENCY program offers creative teams exclusive access to essential screen resources including a studio workspace, production equipment, post production facilities and industry support and networks.


CINESPACE is looking for people and productions that support our mission of greater cultural diversity in stories, cast and crew. Residencies occur in Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring periods and, are selected by a judging panel of CINESPACE, industry and community members.

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Application GUIDELINES

Applications for the WINTER 2024 CINESPACE RESIDENCY (Jun - Aug)

is coming soon.

Application date: 15th -28th April 2024.

Save the date and stay tuned for the details.

* NOTE: Due to ongoing building safety works, the Footscray studio space may not be available for all of, or for the entire residency. We are working to have this rectified as soon as possible, but cannot guarantee availability of the studio space. However, equipment, edit suite and other benefits are available from commencement of this upcoming residency.




  • Exclusive access to a private studio space in Footscray. 

  • Full Production Camera Kit (Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K).

  • Lighting, grip and sound equipment.

  • Mac Studio edit suite with Davinci Resolve.

  • 1 day of color grade at

  • Support from the VCA School of Film and Television.

  • Camera Cards by Angelbird and Batteries by IDX.

  • 50% off additional equipment hire at VA Hire.

  • 1-hour consultations with a range of  industry experts (film lawyer, casting agent, publicist, career mentors, script consultant, sound engineer and more).

  • Other vouchers and discounts.

       For a full list of inclusions click here.

Do you have a short screen project that promotes cultural diversity and is production ready?



Check if  you are eligible

     You must meet these criteria:

  • Applicant must be  18 or older.

  • The key creative team needs to be a majority of Victorian residents (75%).

  • Must be early career screen practitioners/team.

  • DOP must have experience with higher end cameras.

  • Applicant must be the copyright holder.

  • The project must be production ready.


Prepare the materials

     You must submit these materials:

  • Script (for short-form project)

  • Key creatives or story must be CALD, BIPOC or First Nations.

  • A 3-minute video pitch explaining why you, why now.

  • Creative team´s bios and previous credits, if any.

  • A DOP´s bio and previous credits, if any.

  • Any other documents to support your application (treatment, storyboard, etc.).


Apply via Filmfreeway

      If you are new to FilmFreeway,               follow these steps:

  • Create a FilmFreeway account

  • In the ´MyProjects´ page, upload the script (or treatment) for your short form project 

  • Select the ´Script´ option under Project Type while uploading script/treatment.

  • Submit for consideration by the indicated deadline date.

  • Read and accept Terms and Conditions.

Not sure if you should apply?
Check out past winning projects below

past residents

salma's season


Winter 2022

Spring 2022

Writer/Director:         Kauthar Abdulalim

Producers:                   Sher-Li Tan, Lucy Maclaren & Kauthar                                                      Abdulalim

Cinematographer:    Waqar Ali

Director:                      Eva Justine Torkkola

Writer/Producers:    Natalia Bornay & Emily Davis

Cinematographer:   Vanessa Cox

A middle-aged, Australian-Pakistani mother revisits her buried passion - tennis.

Set at the dining table of a Lebanese Sunday lunch, this film is a snapshot of Nadine's life and her wacky family dynamics.




Summer 2022

Autumn 2023

Writer:                         Diane Vu

Director:                     Matt Burns

Producer:                   Pius Kung

CInematographer:  Ryan Gasparini

Writer/Director:        Chi Tran

Producer:                   Julie Ha

Cinematographer:   Tavis Pinnington

PAIRING is an aromantic comedy about a young woman who goes on a date with her childhood idol, the last remaining member of the children’s band, The Giggles.

Trailer coming soon!

39-year-old Meilani spends her days by the river, grieving the loss of her mother. Over the course of three days, she crosses paths with two strangers, whose words and spirits accompany her on a journey.



Cinespace is currently supported by Maribyrnong City Council Triennial Arts Partner funding.

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