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The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) has partnered with audiobook and podcast producer to launch an audio drama and documentary development initiative.

The initiative opens for applications today, with the call out for audio drama or audio documentary three to six hours in length with global audience appeal.

“As we continue to explore and develop new frontiers of storytelling, SAFC has pioneered a partnership with one of the most innovative players in the audio market to bring new opportunities to South Australian creatives. I can’t wait to see the diversity of applications that emerge once we remove the parameters of screen,” said SAFC head of production, development, attraction and studios Amanda Duthie said.

Up to three projects will receive a share of development funding, with the intention that following presentation of the developed projects, one will be selected for commission by Audible and the SAFC. director of original content Ben Naparstek said: “Australians are a nation of audio lovers, and we have a keen interest in locally produced audio that captures local stories in the Australian voice. Audible is proud to be a destination for creative ideas, and we’re thrilled to join forces with SAFC to create unique and innovative Australian stories that elevate the listening experience.”

This new initiative follows the SAFC’s Audio Essentials workshop in May, which saw industry practitioners share their insights of the world of podcasting and audio.

Applications for the Audio Drama and Audio Documentary Development Initiative are open until October 14 via the SAFC’s online grant portal:

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