Women make up just 7% of cinematographers. In an effort to change these statistics and support new independent voices in Australian cinema, FFS is launching a competitive entry first feature fund, requiring eligible teams to fulfil the 'four tick test' with four of the following five roles filled by female creatives: writer, producer, director, cinematographer, lead protagonist. This measure will create vital 'cultural currency' for emerging female cinematographers amongst their peers.
Open to teams with no more than two feature credits collectively, The Big Pineapple will provide a point of access for emerging filmmakers to create a relevant credit of scale as well as gain significant professional development and mentoring opportunities post-production.
The Big Pineapple is an ideas-led scheme. Creative teams are invited to submit an initial one-page pitch document, allowing for the best and brightest ideas to be selected for further assessment and development. By doing so, FFS aims to further democratise production funding, supporting those who otherwise may not receive support or opportunity within the screen industries.