ABC boosts young doco funding initiative

24 February, 2010 by IF

Press release from ABC

ABC Director of Television Kim Dalton has announced a further $400,000 funding will be made available for young documentary makers under round five of the triple j tv docs initiative. The announcement was made at the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in Adelaide today.


ABC TV and Screen Australia are once again putting out a nationwide call to emerging filmmakers to submit proposals for one-hour or half-hour documentaries.

“ABC TV is reinforcing its commitment to Australia’s up-and-coming independent filmmakers with this fifth instalment of funds under the triple j tv docs initiative, to create specialist programming for our younger audience,” said Kim Dalton.

“The partnership between ABC TV Arts and Entertainment and Screen Australia through triple j tv docs is a unique Initiative,’ said Ruth Harley, Chief Executive of Screen Australia.

“It enables us to identify new documentary talent, nurture them and their work, and, best of all, ensures that it’s seen on prime-time television as well as in major festivals. triple j tv docs has become a distinctive brand over the last four years and we are delighted to support it again this year.”

To date, 15 documentaries have been commissioned through the triple j tv docs initiative, enabling emerging filmmakers from every state across Australia to explore themes such as celebrity, war, love, sexuality, loss and survival, and to make some of the strongest narrative based documentaries in recent years.

Many of these films have gone on to win awards and appear in festivals in Australia and overseas. Five films were supported by last year’s triple j tv docs round including:

· Drive, a Tasmanian one-hour film with website is an emotional exploration of risk and the road – and what happens to young men when they mix the two.
· Rudely Interrupted, a one-hour film about a rock band of intellectually disabled musicians that tours the US, screened late last year on ABC1 on International Day of People Living with A Disability 2009.
· Nothing Rhymes With Ngapartji, a one-hour film that follows Indigenous actor, Trevor Jamieson as he takes the stage show, Ngapartji Ngapartji, back home to Ernabella. Currently in post-production.

Other highlights from previous triple j tv docs include the award-winning 5 Lost at Sea; Rock ‘n’ Roll Nerd; Searching 4 Sandeep; Playing in the Shadows.

Program makers are able to apply in a competitive round until 5pm, Monday 5th April 2010. Projects cannot be accepted after that time. Guidelines detailing eligibility and deadline will be available at: <>