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Canon’s big grants and Netflix Bootcamp

Canon Australia has launched its biggest grants program worth $50K to celebrate 50 years operating in Australia; while Netflix has unveiled a three-day Sydney Unit Photography Bootcamp, July 4 – 6, for 10 photographers.

Both initiatives are free to apply. Canon is offering grants that cover three areas: Community, Education, and Environment. The Netflix Bootcamp is an ‘unprecedented’ workshop, with instruction from Sydney photographer, John Platt, along with panel discussions, masterclasses and on-set experience shooting Heartbreak High Season 2.

2023 Canon Oceania Grants

Despite Canon Oceania presumably covering regions beyond Australia and New Zealand, Canon’s grants under this banner are exclusive to the two countries, with the $50K split evenly

Remember the Wild, winner of the 2022 Environment Grant.

Each of the three grants are worth $5000 each ($2500 cash and equal value of product + training). And a ‘winner’, for lack of a better term, will earn a grant consisting of a Content Development Package worth $10K.

‘This may include videography, photography, editing, or studio hire and will be determined in collaboration with the winner depending on the needs of the project.’

Here’s how Canon outlines the three grant initiatives:
Community: Open to any project or organisation that has a positive impact on communities, cultural and societal causes;
Education: Open to schools and other educational centres for children and adults alike;
Environment: Open to not-for-profits and organisations dedicated to raising awareness of the protection of the environment or promoting sustainable practices.

Canon’s grants program has been kicking around for 17 years. It’s guided by the company’s ‘Kyosei’ philosophy of ‘living and working together for the common good’.

‘Through our annual Grants program, we get the chance to hear from organisations who are contributing to positive change,’ said Kotaro Fukushima, Managing Director for Canon Oceania. ‘Kyosei is at the heart of everything we do, so it gives us great pride to be able to celebrate and reward the important role they are playing within their local communities. In celebration of our 50th year of operating in Australia this year, we are excited to be able to offer $50,000 worth of Grants across the region, extending our support so these organisations can continue the great work they’re doing.’

Applications are open until July 23. Click here for more information.

Netflix Unit Photography Bootcamp

Applications are closing this Sunday, July 11, for the Unit Photography Bootcamp. Here’s the event description:

‘Netflix’s Unit Photography Bootcamp is an exclusive 3-day course for 10 photographers interested in Unit Stills. Offering the opportunity to develop skills, create networks and obtain insights into what’s required to succeed in this on-set role.

This unprecedented workshop will combine instruction in Unit Stills led by respected industry veteran John Platt; with practical experiences and insights from long-term industry professionals working in a production environment including editorial workshops with the latest technologies.

You will meet with key Netflix department heads from Australia and the US, offering a unique view into the inner workings of productions worldwide and explore why film stills are so crucial to the process of marketing and publicity.

Panel discussions and masterclass sessions will be combined with practical photography tasks and the potential for an immersive, on-set experience during production of Heartbreak High Season 2 (pending production scheduling).’

Netflix will provide successful interstate applicants return flights from their city to Sydney, along with three nights accommodation. Photographers must bring their own professional camera equipment, and ideally their own laptop for editing. Click here for the application form.

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