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SBS to launch primetime one-off doc strand ‘Australia Uncovered’

Australian public broadcaster SBS has partnered with Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) to launch a primetime single documentary strand. Slated to debut in 2021, ‘Australia Uncovered’ will aim to contribute to positive ...
October 9, 2019

Australian public broadcaster SBS has partnered with Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) to launch a primetime single documentary strand.

Slated to debut in 2021, ‘Australia Uncovered’ will aim to contribute to positive social change by featuring up to eight standalone documentaries – ranging from 60 minutes to feature-length – set to explore diversity and equality in modern day Australia.

Shortlisted one-off doc proposals seeking development funding will be invited to take part in a live pitching session at the 2020 Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), which runs March 1-4 in Melbourne, with successful participants receiving a share of development funding.

SBS will commit total development funding of up to AU$80,000 (US$60,000) across the successful projects.

“‘Australia Uncovered’ will be a curation of the most compelling new contemporary documentaries from across Australia,” said Joseph Maxwell (pictured), head of documentaries at SBS, in a statement. “Single documentaries remain an important part of our schedule and allow for a diversity of voices and stories to be told in fresh and inspiring ways.”

“We’re seeing many critically successful documentaries engage audiences and inspire them to act in distinctive ways that build social cohesion. It will be powerful to work with SBS to amplify our shared objectives to maximize audience engagement,” added DAF CEO Mitzi Goldman.

SBS is currently accepting proposals for projects seeking production funding and post-production funding for ‘Australia Uncovered’.

Applications for development funding will close by Jan. 30, 2020. Submissions must include a 2-4 page proposal for an original hour-long or feature-length doc, as well as a teaser character reel running a maximum of five minutes in length or a proof of concept. The shortlist will be announced by SBS on Feb. 14, 2020.

Production companies, meanwhile, can submit ideas that are already fully developed for production funding from SBS. They must include a full treatment, polished reel and a final budget. Funding will be open from Nov. 1, 2019 until July 1, 2020.

Finally, production outfits can also submit for post-production funding with projects that are in mid-production or close to finishing. To be eligible, companies must submit a full treatment, a pre-title or short reel, a rough cut or assembly, and a budget. Submissions will be accepted from Nov. 1, 2019 until Oct. 1, 2020.

Further information on the application process is available here.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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