The $800,000 HIVE Production Fund has called for applications with the successful projects set to premiere at the 2015 Adelaide Film Festival and screen on ABC Television.

The initiative – which is funded by the Adelaide Film Festival, the Australia Council for the Arts, Screen Australia and ABC Arts – supports screen-based projects from Australian artists and filmmakers and is seeking cross-platform ideas and strategies.

The inaugural HIVE Production Fund supported three films:

  • Tender, a documentary from director Lynette Wallworth (visual artist) and producer Kath Shelper (Samson and Delilah);
  • I Want to Dance Better at Parties from directors Gideon Obazarnek (ex Chunky Move artistic director) and Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man);
  • The Boy Castaways, a rock musical dramatic feature film from director Michael Kantor (Ex Malthouse Theatre artistic director), producer Jo Dyer (Lucky Miles and Ex Sydney Theatre Company EP), producer Stephen Armstrong (Ex Malthouse EP) and executive producer Robert Connolly (Underground: The Julian Assange Story).

Those three projects will have their world premiere at this year’s Adelaide Film Festival (October 10 – 20) and then air on ABC TV. The deadline for the new HIVE funding is May 13. More details can be found at

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