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Goonellabah filmmaker gains Screenworks grant

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Karenza Ebejer directing a pool scene for her Createability film at Goonellabah.
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Goonellabah-based filmmaker Karenza Ebejer is one step closer to realising her dream of being a professional documentary filmmaker, following her recent selection as one of two participants in Screenworks’ Director Pathways program.

She will be joined by Simon Portus from Sawtell on the program, which gives two emerging directors from regional NSW $3,500 each to put toward a professional development program of their making, together with career support and industry introductions from Screenworks and the Australian Directors Guild.

Karenza has a background working as a producer and director of corporate videos and has been transitioning into short form documentary making.

In the last couple of years she has created two short films as part of Screenworks Createability program which have aired on ABC. She also works with Lismore’s Red Inc and various councils mentoring youth, disability clients and Indigenous communities in filmmaking.

‘I really want to build my skills so I can work towards director feature length documentaries with a social impact,’ said Karenza.

‘I am interested in the theme of birth as a rite of passage. I would like to run a wider educational campaign alongside a film, rolling out an educational package that could go into birth and women’s health centres.’

‘Through Screenworks’ Director Pathways Program I am able to increase my directing skills by attending a series of documentary directing master classes as well as camera and lighting courses at the Australian, Film Television and Radio School.

‘I would also like to get an attachment position, working alongside a professional director that I can learn from.

‘For a long time I have been wanting to attend the annual Australian International Documentary Conference in Melbourne to build up some industry connections,’ she said.

Screenworks’ Director Pathways Program is a professional development program, delivered in partnership with the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) with the support of Create NSW.

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