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SBS Australia and Screenwest have launched the Short-Form Content Initiative. Applications close Monday, 16 July at 5:00pm WST.


The Short-Form Content Initiative

The Short-Form Content Initiative is a commitment to providing increased opportunities for Australian creatives from diverse communities through the commissioning and production of content for SBS On Demand.

SBS Director of TV and Online Content, Marshall Heald said, “Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world, however multiple studies have demonstrated a lack of diversity within the sector.

“The stories we tell and the talent that we foster at all levels of production should reflect the diversity of our communities.”

SBS is partnering with a number of Australian screen agencies as part of the initiative, including Screenwest, Film Victoria, Create NSW, Screen Queensland and South Australian Film Corporation.

SBS and the screen agencies will collaborate with creative teams to develop, produce and deliver a range of scripted and non-scripted content projects, which will premiere on SBS On Demand from mid-2019. Applicants are advised that the eligibility criteria and guidelines will differ between screen agencies.


Western Australian Application Information

Screenwest is calling for scripted ideas suitable for online content for further development and potential production for the Western Australian Short-Form Content Initiative.

Applications close Monday, 16 July at 5:00pm WST.

The initiative is a scripted development and production initiative for new to emerging Western Australian filmmakers with a focus on key creatives from under represented and/or diverse groups.

These ideas can be anything from comedy to thriller, but must be scripted, original and compelling.

They must also showcase stories, talent and filmmakers from a diverse background, as defined in the Screenwest Western Australian Screen Industry Diversity & Inclusion Roadmap 2017-2023.

Please refer to the program guidelines for more information about how to apply and what application materials are required.

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

Interested applicants in Western Australia are encouraged to contact Screenwest for more information.


Program Contacts

Matthew Horrocks, Scripted Executive
T: (08) 6169 2118

Georgia Landre-Ord, Development & Production Assistant, Scripted

T: (08) 6169 2114


All application materials must be submitted by Monday, 16 July, 5:00pm WST.