by Queensland Writers Centre and Screen Queensland

2018 Shortlist

Edoardo Crismani
Eleni Hale
C T Mitchell
Julie Fison
Kate Hunter
Lazaros Zigomanis
Mhairead MacLeod
Paul Garrety
Peter Papathanasiou

Benjamin Allmon
Caylie Jeffery
Charmaine O’Brien
Cheryl Sullivan
Chris Adams and Helen Goltz
Chris Kirby-Ryan
Claire Garth
Darren Koziol
DM Cameron

Renee Treml
Samantha Wheeler
Susanne Gervay
Tanya Vavilova
Taryn Bashford
Veny Armanno
Victoria Carless

“The publishing and screen industries are changing rapidly. This collaboration with Screen Queensland helps address the vital subject of sustainability and presents new exciting opportunities for writers, helping them advance their careers.”

Queensland Writers Centre and Screen Queensland launched the ‘Adaptable’ initiative in part as response to data that shows that in Australia only 10 – 15 per cent of Australian films are adaptations (compared to 60 – 70 per cent in the U.S.). Research commissioned by the Publishers Association and produced by Frontier Economics has shown that films adapted from existing IP such as books perform consistently higher due to audience recognition.

“Screen Queensland is so excited to be part of this initiative and be working alongside QWC,” said Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira.

The research showed that film adaptions of books gross 53 per cent more worldwide than films from original screenplays.

“So, go do it! Go write your next book, even if it’s your first. The possibilities are endless.” – Lori-Jay Ellis