AACTA Development Initiatives

2023 AACTA Pitch: Regional Landscapes in partnership with SCREENWORKS

AACTA Pitch: Regional Landscapes in partnership with Screenworks returns for its fourth year, giving aspiring Australian creatives the chance to develop a feature film that celebrates the idiosyncratically Australian stories inspired by our stunning regional areas - where the regional setting lends itself as a central character to the narrative.

Regional Landscapes launches AACTA’s 2023 development program. Giving aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to develop their pitch with professional industry guidance and support, this initiative calls for a story featuring landscapes that exist outside of the metropolis, exploring the tales that lie within Australia’s diverse and varied regional areas. Teams can consist of up to three creatives, with at least one based in regional Australia.

This year, finalists will be pitching for the chance to receive:

  • Support to develop their concept into a production
  • $5,000 in prize money, consisting of a $1,000 cash prize and $4,000 towards development, industry introductions and networking
  • Industry connection opportunities through the Australian Writers’ Guild Pathways program
  • Professional script development sessions
  • Invaluable feedback and ongoing guidance from the esteemed judging panel
  • Three-day pass to all sessions at the Screenworks 2023 Regional to Global Screen Forum to be held in March
  • AACTA, Screenworks and Australian Writers’ Guild annual memberships
  • Two tickets to the 2023 AACTA Awards Ceremony


$40 AACTA, AWG, or Screenworks members 

$60 non AACTA, AWG, or Screenworks members


November 28 - Call for Entries Opens (Round 1)

Entrants are asked to submit a title, logline (1 – 2 sentence description of the film), up to 250 word description of the regional area where the film is set, up to 500 word treatment/synopsis/outline, a 3 minute video pitch; and résumé/CVs of each of the creative team.

January 9 - Entries Close

Entries are due by 5:00pm AEDT, Monday January 9, 2023

February 6 - Top 5 finalists advised 

February 9 - Top 5 finalists and judges announced

February 17 - Final Pitch Training

March 17 - Final Pitch

April 1 - Screenworks 2023 Regional to Global Screen Forum and Recipient Announced


  • Entry Fee $40 AACTA, AWG, or Screenworks members $60 non AACTA, AWG, or Screenworks members
  • Rules & Supporting Documents Terms & Conditions
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