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Image courtesy of HOME: THE ART OF IAN STRANGE

Art Bites, the successful short-form documentary initiative from the ABC and Screen Australia, will return for a third year presenting an exceptional opportunity for four emerging Australian filmmaking teams with a passion for art to create a 6 x 5 minute documentary series that will premiere on the ABC Arts channel on iview in 2019.

Designed to nurture early career filmmakers, this initiative provides teams with the production funds to bring to life an original and compelling idea for a documentary series that will contribute to the national cultural conversation around art, and in turn secure a broadcasting credit to further their career. Innovative approaches to the documentary form are highly encouraged.

A total of $240,000 in grants will fund four projects, with the ABC and Screen Australia committing $120,000 each. A Screen Australia Investment Manager and an ABC Arts Commissioning Editor will also provide support to each team.

As with the 2017 intake, Screenwest, along with other state and territory screen agencies have pledged to support the selected projects if any of the successful applicants are from their jurisdictions, each contributing up to an additional $30,000 per project, bringing the total potential pool of funds per team to $90,000.

“We are excited to announce the third instalment of the successful Art Bites initiative,” said Richard Buckham, the ABC’s Manager – Arts. “This is a terrific opportunity for emerging filmmakers to tell stories about the arts and artists to Australian audiences in bold and innovative ways.”

“Art Bites is a highly desirable career escalation opportunity that not only gives emerging documentary filmmakers a broadcast credit, but also contacts at the ABC and Screen Australia that can open doors to other opportunities down the line,” said Liz Stevens, Senior Manager of Documentary at Screen Australia. “With this year’s intake we’re particularly interested in applications with a unique or playful approach to form – for example proposals that go beyond artist profiles and explore an unfolding narrative structure.”

The four series funded in 2016 are currently available to view on iview: HOME: THE ART OF IAN STRANGE (WA); THE GLASS BEDROOM (NSW); SHOCK ART (WA) and THE WANDERERS (QLD).

The four series funded in 2017 will be available on iview later in 2018.

Early career filmmakers are highly encouraged to apply for this initiative.

Applications close Friday, 20 April 2018 at 11:00pm AEST.

For more info and details on how to apply, please visit the Screen Australia website.