Uncle Wally from ‘Our Stories – Into the Future’. 

NITV has put a call out to new and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers for short documentary initiative Our Stories.

The initiative supports upcoming Indigenous filmmakers to make a 13-14 minute documentary film with a $25,000 presale, or $27,000 for documentaries of which 80 per cent of the content is in language. Filmmakers will receive support from the development stage through to the final delivery of the project, with the films intended for broadcast on NITV and available to view on SBS On Demand.

As this year is the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, applicants are encouraged to use this as inspiration.

Proposals should be from new filmmakers who either do not have a credit, or do not have a credit/s for a project longer than 15-minutes. More experienced filmmakers with credits may be part of the team if they are mentoring an emerging filmmaker.

While the initiative is nationwide, NITV will give special emphasis to regional and remote stories. A maximum of three episodes per person or production company is permitted, and at least two out of three creatives (producer, director and writer) must be Indigenous. All finished documentaries have to be at a rating no higher than PG.

NITV channel manager, Tanya Orman said: “We’re already excited to see the submissions for the next season of Our Stories.

“We’re proud as a channel to be able to support emerging film makers, and to provide a platform that will show our viewers stories from every corner of Australia.”

Applications close November 14, with documentaries to be delivered by September 2020. Apply here.

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