Young people from African backgrounds in Wyndham will take part in a new film project that will challenge negative stereotypes and open up career pathways.

A $65,000 grant through the Victorian Government’s Creative Suburbs program will support Flipping the Script, a year-long creative program that will provide a platform for participants to learn new skills while shining a spotlight on positive and inspiring stories from their community.

Wyndham City’s Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio holder, Cr Tony Hooper, said the project would have many benefits.

“Wyndham City is proud to be leading this project. Flipping the Script will bring together leading artists and filmmakers to host workshops for young people to develop skills in filmmaking and digital media,” Cr Hooper said.

“Participants will learn the techniques involved in creating documentaries and short dramas, as well as film-based artworks that will go on to be projected onto sites around Wyndham.”

“The project, which will be developed in collaboration with community leaders and elders, will not only see young people working behind the scenes, they will also be in front of the camera with films and projection work featuring locals with talents in dance, hip hop and spoken word.”

“Films created through the project will screen at local festivals and events and be entered into national and international film and media festivals.”

“As a filmmaker myself, I know how movies and short films can have a transformative effect. By telling their own stories, these young people will become empowered to control the narrative and change public perceptions. I can’t wait to see what they create.”

The Creative Suburbs program is an initiative of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy. The program supports outer metropolitan councils to undertake new creative projects or programs that give locals opportunities to get involved in high-quality creative experiences on their doorstep.

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