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Audible and Screenwest Launch Funding Initiative

Audible, the provider and producer of original spoken word entertainment, has partnered with funding body Screenwest to provide two funding opportunities for Western Australian creatives.

One of the opportunities available is to develop and produce audio projects for potential release on Audible. Up to two original, binge-worthy, globally appealing audio projects (fiction or non-fiction) will be selected for development and ultimately production and release on Audible. Applicants can apply for up to AUD$100,000 in funding per project. Screenwest and Audible will assess projects, with the projects selected having global appeal, and clear path-to-screen potential.

The Production and Post-production component of the SoundWAves Initiative will see up to two successful Western Australian based audio production facilities produce two, pre-selected scripts Pas part of Audible’s Original program, for delivery by the end of 2021.

Two full scripts – for mystery The Missed and sci-fi thriller Crash Cover – will be available to applicants once they have met the requirements of the Stage One application process.

“Audible is excited to be expanding its pool of collaborators into the West Australian creative sector,” said Ben Naparstek, Head of Content for “More and more screen creators are looking to audio as an alternative format to tell stories and capture new audiences and these initiatives are outstanding opportunities for industry practitioners to develop new skills and reach a global listenership.”

“Screenwest is excited to partner with Audible on the new SoundWAves initiative,” said Screenwest CEO Rikki-Lea Bestall. “These two unique initiatives – one to develop and produce original WA content with a potential pathway to screen – and another for WA audio production facilities to produce original Audible scripts, offer equally exciting opportunities for our talented WA industry to be exposed to a global audience.”


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