Cordell Jigsaw Zapruders (CJZ) with the Australian Writers’ Foundation (AWF) is calling for entries for the 2012 Kit Denton Disfellowship.
The Disfellowship supports writers with courageous ideas. The competition aims to find ideas of substance, intelligence and purpose that will take viewers outside their comfort zone and challenge the status quo.
According to Andrew Denton, “We are hoping to attract strong, exciting, subversive ideas; a project of exceptional quality and innovation that will make for great Australian television, film or new media”.
2012 is the 6th year of The Disfellowship. Originally known as the Kit Denton Fellowship, the competition was relaunched in 2011 as a Disfellowship (because winning it may mean that “your nan disowns you, your neighbours shun you and the shock jocks call for you to be locked up”).
CJZ is Australia’s largest privately owned television production company. It is the major sponsor of this year’s Disfellowship.
CJZ are the ideal supporters of the Disfellowship, given their background in creating groundbreaking and often controversial programs such as Cordell Jigsaw’s Go Back to Where You Came From and the upcoming Dumb, Drunk and Racist and award winning comedy such as Stupid Stupid Man. The team at Zapruders is well known for The Gruen Transfer, Hungry Beast and Enough Rope, for introducing The Chasers to television, and for their innovative formats.
Nick Murray said “There is nothing better than reading new ideas soon after conception. The Disfellowship is a great initiative and we can’t wait to see what pops up.”
The Kit Denton Disfellowship
The Kit Denton Disfellowship is given in honour of Kit Denton, father of Andrew Denton, who was a respected and admired member of the writing community. First presented in 2007 (as the Kit Denton Fellowship) it is a grant, with legal support, worth $30,000 to help get a pioneering idea written for screen production.
An additional incentive is that CJZ will help the ongoing development and production of the winner’s project.
Entries for the Kit Denton Disfellowship open Tuesday 1 May 2012.
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About Cordell Jigsaw Zapruders
Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder is a merger of Andrew Denton’s Zapruder’s Other Films with Cordell Jigsaw Productions, founded by Michael Cordell and Nick Murray. The merger was announced on 27 February 2012. The merged operation (CJZ) will be both the most prolific producer of Australian created shows, and the biggest privately owned television production company in Australia
About The Australian Writers’ Foundation
The AWF is the philanthropic arm of the Australian Writers’ Guild and is committed to increasing opportunities for satisfying and rewarding work, and to encouraging and promoting the excellence of Australian performance writers.