Together, Create NSW and SBS will fund up to six short films by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmaking talent and content creators as part of a four-year initiative, with No Coincidence Media’s Mitch Stanley (Transblack, Colour Theory Underground, Servant or Slave) onboard to work as Executive Producer on this year’s successful projects.
The initiative is part of Create NSW and SBS’s commitment to promoting greater diversity in the screen industry and providing opportunities which support increased participation from people from under-represented groups.
Executive Director for Create Investment and Engagement, Elizabeth W. Scott commented, “The Australian screen industry recently celebrated 25 years of Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department, which has supported some incredible talent including Warwick Thornton, Rachel Perkins and Leah Purcell to name but a few.
“We’re committed to continuing this celebration and creating opportunities for the new filmmaking talent set to make an impact over the years to come. With great support from SBS we are delighted to launch the second year of our partnership as we collaborate to foster greater diversity in the Australian screen landscape.”
Mitch Stanley added, “Create NSW has a long history of supporting Indigenous filmmakers and I’m honoured and excited to be working with them and our next generation of Indigenous filmmakers who will continue to tell our stories as we’ve been doing for over 60,000 years. As a previous recipient of Create NSW’s support throughout my career, I recognise the value and contribution that the GEFF initiative has for an emerging filmmaker and look forward to discovering our new talent.”
SBS Director of TV and Online Content, Marshall Heald, said: “Australia’s diverse communities are its greatest strength and should be represented in the stories we tell and the talent that we foster at all levels of production. This initiative will draw on the expertise of NITV – Australia’s home of indigenous storytelling as we continue to work with Create NSW to support diversity within the state’s screen sector.”
Applications are now being sought for short film proposals of up to 15 minutes duration with wide audience appeal, though priority will be given to applications which explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander themes and content. Proposals may include drama, factual/documentary, animation or experimental projects for SBS On Demand.
Successful applicants will receive $30,000 in production funding to realise their ambition; a $15,000 production grant from Create NSW and a $15,000 licence fee from SBS. Any additional finance required will need to be raised by producers.
At least one, and preferably two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders must hold a key creative role (writer, producer or director) with at least one key creative based in NSW.
Production and post production for all projects must take place entirely in NSW and projects are expected to be production-ready at the time of application. Projects should be capable of being delivered no later Friday 31 May 2019, with principal photography commencing no later than mid-February 2019.
Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund applications are now open and close at midnight Sunday 2 December 2018. For guidelines and applications, visit: http://screen.nsw.gov.au/funding/production-support/generator-emerging-filmmakers-fund
Image: BTS on Transblack produced by Mitch Stanley, courtesy of Create NSW. Media release: courtesy of Create NSW.