ABC and Screenwest launch Art Works Documentary Initiative applications

The initiative is aimed at emerging to mid-career Producer and Director teams interested in producing short documentary segments profiling the work of Western Australian artists or arts companies, for broadcast on ABC and iview. Applications close Monday, 24 April at 5:00pm AWST.

Screenwest and ABC Arts are pleased to announce that applications are open for the ABC Art Works Documentary Initiative, a $10,000 production opportunity designed to offer a broadcast credit to Western Australian filmmakers.

Up to four emerging to mid-career Producer and Director teams will be selected to each produce and deliver a short 3-8 minute documentary segment profiling the work of a resident Western Australian artist or arts company, for broadcast on ABC and ABC iview as part of ABC’s Art Works series later in 2023.

Hosted by Namila Benson, Art Works is the ABC’s weekly half-hour arts show sharing the most inspiring, surprising, and formative ways that Australian creatives are telling our stories today. Previous WA filmmakers behind Art Works documentaries include Our Law producer Sam Field; Samantha Marlowe & Frances Elliott who went on to direct Girl Like You; and Josh Lee, director of The Fathering Project and A Friend in Death.

“ABC Factual and Culture is committed to investing in emerging creatives and I am delighted to continue our successful collaboration with Screenwest. These short films will bring the rich culture of the state to a wider audience and help deepen Australians appreciation of artists from the West.” said Richard Huddleston, ABC Acting Head Factual & Culture.

“We’re pleased to join forces with the ABC to bring this opportunity to Western Australian emerging documentary practitioners. The initiative is a fantastic opportunity for filmmaking teams to upskill and have their work broadcast to a national audience, while also highlighting the diverse arts community here in WA.” said Paul Williams, Screenwest Documentary Executive.

How to Apply

The application deadline is Monday, 24 April 2023 at 5:00pm AWST.

Applications will be accepted through the Screenwest SmartyGrants portal.

The full guidelines, application materials and eligibility criteria are available on the Special Initiatives page of the Screenwest website.

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