August 30, 2017 Last Updated 7:56 am

The Guardian and Screen Australia on initiative to fund up to three documentaries

LONDON, UK — August 28, 2017 — The Guardian and Screen Australia have partnered for a new initiative which will fund up to three commissioned documentaries, providing Australian film-makers with the opportunity to reach an international audience via one of the world’s leading English-language news sites.

The Guardian and Screen Australia will provide a funding pool of up to $126,500 to fund up to three documentary films. The Guardian will contribute a fixed amount of $36,500 and Screen Australia will contribute a minimum of $36,500 and up to $90,000.

The opportunity is open to all levels of documentary film-makers, from emerging to highly experienced.

The successful documentaries will be available to stream for free on the Guardian’s Australian, UK, US and international sites.

Liz Stevens, senior manager of documentary, Screen Australia, said:

“Partnering with the Guardian on this initiative enables us to provide both a larger funding pool and guaranteed international reach for Australian film-makers. “The recent success of Casting JonBenet, That Sugar Film and Barbecue demonstrates that global stories told through a unique Australian gaze are resonating with audiences around the world.”

Charlie Phillips, head of documentaries, the Guardian, said:

“Global stories are at the heart of what we commission for Guardian documentaries and we’re excited to work together closely with the documentary talent we know Australia has in spades to bring new and surprising stories to our audience.”

Lenore Taylor, editor, Guardian Australia, said:

“I’m very happy that our international scale combined with local insight and documentary expertise can offer a platform for Australian talent and Australian stories to reach global audiences.”

After the Guardian exclusivity period of three years, film-makers are free to distribute their films as they wish. The projects will be supported by the Guardian’s head of documentaries and a Screen Australia investment development manager.

Screen Australia and the Guardian’s online documentary initiative joins a growing list of media partnerships Screen Australia has formed to offer documentary makers a direct path to audience, including Art Bites and Love Bites with the ABC, and Doco180 with WHIMN.

The deadline for applications is 3 November 2017. For more information see the program guidelines.

Successful applicants will be announced in February 2018.

The Guardian contribution is in GBP. AUD amount stated is based on current foreign exchange rate as at 28 August 2017.

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