Test Drive, an AFC/AFTRS development program designed for filmmakers funded under the AFC's Strand H Shorts Production fund, will be running in Melbourne, 1-3 February 2007. The four creative teams, selected to make a short film with a budget of up to $120,000 are given focused feedback from directing and producing mentors and experienced script editors as part of their development process. During Test Drive they will also shoot and edit a test scene from their film with experienced actors, DOPs and editors.
Test Drive aims to ensure the best production values and to assist the filmmakers to realise the full potential of their project by consolidating their key creative team, clarifying their ideas, inspiring confidence and boldness of vision.
Filmmakers selected for 2007 are Clifford Hayes and Ali Kasap (Broken English), Chris Kamen and Kasimir Burgess (Directions), Kristina Ceyton and Rene Hernandez (The Ground Beneath), and Rita Walsh, Nick Verso and Rachel Bowen (Hugo).
Mentors include directors Ted Emery (Kath & Kim, The Honourable Wally Norman), John Ruane (Death in Brunswick, Dead Letter Office), producers Jeni Tosi (Macbeth) and Ann Darrouzet (Storm Warning, Holly's Heroes), cinematographers Ellery Ryan and Jaems Grant, and more.
The course director is producer Franziska Wagenfeld (Irresistible).
Previous projects that have been through Test Drive include award-winning shorts Sexy Thing, which was selected for Cannes 2006, and William, selected for the Sundance Film Festival 2007. Stuart Parkyn, who has been nominated for a 2007 Academy Award for the short The Saviour, was a participant in Test Drive 2006.