UK media outlet The Guardian and Screen Australia, the Australian government’s main funding body for screen production, have teamed up on a new program to help Australian filmmakers.
The Guardian and Screen Australia will provide a funding opportunity of $126,500 for up to three documentary films, with The Guardian providing a fixed amount of $36,500, and Screen Australia contributing between $36,500 and $90,000.
In order to be considered for the funding, docs should be between 15 and 30 minutes in length, with either a local or international focus. Filmmakers are asked to bring a fresh perspective to contemporary stories that would appeal to The Guardian‘s readership.
The projects will be supported by The Guardian‘s head of documentaries, Charlie Phillips, and a Screen Australia investment development manager. Chosen documentaries will be available to stream for free on The Guardian’s Australian, UK, U.S. and international sites.
Previous Australian films commissioned by Guardian documentaries include The Fight (pictured) directed by Violeta Ayala and produced by Dan Fallshaw and The Island, directed by Gabrielle Brady and produced by Alex Kelly. Ayala’s most recent film, Cocaine Prison, will world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival,
“Partnering with the Guardian on this initiative enables us to provide both a larger funding pool and guaranteed international reach for Australian filmmakers,” said Liz Stevens, senior manager of documentary at Screen Australia. “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.”