Screenwest / NITV Language Documentary Initiative ‘First Voices’

Applications closed 22 July 2019 at 5:00 PM

Screenwest, in partnership with National Indigenous Television (NITV), are calling for inspirational Indigenous stories that are uniquely Western Australian.

Indigenous languages are endangered across the world, but there has been a surge of interest in speaking and learning the many beautiful Indigenous languages across Western Australia and more widely, Australia.

2019 was declared the Year of Indigenous Languages, which recognizes the importance of language in unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memories. In the spirit of this, the theme of this initiative is ‘Our Language, Our Culture’.

NITV and Screenwest are looking for stories that advance understanding of the power of Indigenous languages from Western Australia’s remarkable First Nations film makers.

This factual development and production initiative will see NITV and Screenwest develop and commission up to two x 30-minute documentaries, intended for broadcast on NITV in 2020. Filmmakers may submit multiple submissions.

The initiative aims to further develop the skills and increase the broadcast credits of emerging to mid-level Western Australian Indigenous writers, directors and producers, while sharing their stories with a national audience.

Screenwest and NITV may decide to appoint an Executive / Series Producer or mentor to oversee the development and production of the projects.

All program guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the Screenwest Terms of Trade.

Applications close Monday, 22 July 2019 at 5:00pm AWST.

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Indigenous Project Development

Applications can be submitted at any time

Screenwest’s Indigenous Project Development assists Western Australian Indigenous screen practitioners and production companies by providing funding assistance towards project development. The applicant must be an Indigenous Western Australian Resident.

Up to $15,000 per application (capped at $30,000 per financial year, per applicant) is available; the level of funding varies depending on the project’s specific needs.

All guidelines should be read in conjunction with Screenwest’s Terms of Trade found here.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Indigenous Practitioner Development

Applications can be submitted at any time

Indigenous Practitioner Development funding assists Western Australian resident Indigenous screen practitioners and production companies by providing funding assistance towards professional career and production company development opportunities. Up to $5,000 is available based on the opportunity presented.

All guidelines should be read in conjunction with Screenwest’s Terms of Trade.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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Indigenous Low Budget Television Fund

Applications can be submitted at any time

Screenwest can provide limited funding for Indigenous low budget television productions that are being commissioned for a national television broadcaster. Screenwest can provide funding of up to $25,000 to Indigenous Western Australian resident screen practitioners and production companies.

Screenwest encourages Indigenous screen practitioners to apply under the most appropriate funding initiative. This may not be an Indigenous funding program.

All guidelines should be read in conjunction with Screenwest’s Terms of Trade found here.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

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