A GROUP of Tasmanian filmmakers are on their way to making three feature films, with the help of government funding and expert mentoring.
Three teams recently won assistance through Screen Tasmania's Pitch, Plot and Produce cultural program, which saw filmmakers from throughout the state pitching their ideas for low-budget feature films.
One such filmmaker, Briony Kidd, was the co-writer and director of Motel (working title), a micro-budget horror film she said would be a cross between documentary Grey Gardens and true-crime film Monster, set in post-apocalyptic Hobart.
Kidd and fellow writer-producer Ella Kennedy would be mentored by three award-winning filmmakers, Sophie Hyde, Zak Hilditch and Jonathan auf der Heide, who had all made successful low-budget feature films.
Two other teams would receive funds and mentoring: team Rebecca Thompson, Elise Taylor and Carrie McLean; and team Clayton Jacobson, Franz Docherty and Belinda Bradly.
Kidd said the $10,000 in Screen Tasmania and Screen Australia funding would help with script development, production planning and selling the film to investors.
"What I'd personally like to see is a lot more support for Tasmanian creatives, so that's why this program is so good, because it's prioritising Tasmanian-driven projects," she said.
Tasmanian-born Kidd studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and returned to Hobart to pursue her career in film.
"As someone who's been invested in this industry for my whole career, I'm really keen to see everyone get behind it, because it does create art, but it also creates jobs, excitement. And that's what Tasmania is about at the moment, the cultural sector."