Press release from Miranda Brown Publicity

South Australian Film Corporation CEO, Richard Harris today launched the SAFC’s Documentary Innovation Fund.

This timely new initiative has been created to support the production of innovative and exciting documentaries that are not bound by traditional Australian television commissioning requirements.

“In recent years, the outlet for Australian documentaries has been increasingly limited to Australian television. While the SAFC continues to partner with local broadcasters on many projects and initiatives, it recognises the limitations that this dominance poses to the growth and diversity of the documentary sector,” said Mr Harris.

“This is where the Documentary Innovation Fund comes in. It is designed to provide a space for documentary filmmakers looking to make challenging and distinctive content that may not easily fit the conventional models.”

“The SAFC wants to encourage filmmakers to make films that are not constrained by the dictates of local television time-slots but that have creative ambition, can travel, and that can gain international exposure.

The Documentary Innovation Fund is targeted at South Australian filmmakers, but the SAFC encourages partnerships and is open to considering co-production applications.

In assessing applications, the SAFC will consider the quality, originality, innovation and creative ambition of projects; audience and market potential; and the economic and cultural benefits of the project to South Australia, including employment of SA based crew and total employment spend in South Australia.

The Documentary Innovation Fund is intended to enhance industry development in the already vibrant South Australian Film sector and provide cultural benefits nationally.
Applications for the Documentary Innovation Fund to close on Friday 14 May 2010.

For guidelines and application details go to:

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