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Screen Australia, Al Jazeera open competition for early-career doc makers

Screen Australia and Al Jazeera English’s flagship documentary strand ‘Witness’ have launched a pitching competition geared to early career documentary filmmakers, to be held during the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC). Applicants ...
September 18, 2019

Screen Australia and Al Jazeera English’s flagship documentary strand ‘Witness’ have launched a pitching competition geared to early career documentary filmmakers, to be held during the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC).

Applicants could receive a AU$100,000 commission with 50/50 funding from news channel Al Jazerra and Screen Australia, the federal government’s funding body for the screen production industry, for a 25-minute documentary.

The film would be released on ‘Witness’ across Al Jazeera’s platforms, including television, online platforms and apps.

“We want to inspire and support early career documentary filmmakers to discover and embrace international opportunities in this rapidly changing media landscape,” Bernadine Lim, Screen Australia’s head of documentary, said in a statement.

Up to six projects will be selected to take part at the pitching forum at AIDC, which takes place March 1 to 4, 2020 in Melbourne, with up to three commissioned.

Teams must consist of at least a director or producer, one of whom has at least one screen credit in their respective role on a project that is no less than 15 minutes in duration and has been broadcast and/or screened at a recognized film festival, or distributed on a significant, curated online platform. All key creatives must be Australian citizens or residents.

Applications opened today (Sept. 18) and close Nov. 1.

(Photo: Creating the Nation, an Australian documentary by Yaara Bou Melhem for ‘Witness.’ Photo by Tanja Bruckner/Al Jazeera)

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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