OVERVIEW

PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS FOR THE INDIGENOUS DOCUMENTARY PLACEMENT ARE NOW CLOSED.

Are you a mid-career Indigenous filmmaker interested in expanding your skills and experience in documentary and factual? 

The Indigenous Documentary Placement is a new initiative designed to provide one mid-career Indigenous practitioner with a unique opportunity to undertake an extended placement with Australia’s largest public broadcaster, the ABC, and the award-winning production company, Northern Pictures.

The placement will see an Indigenous practitioner embedded in both organisations for a period of up to eight months in Sydney. Practitioners from all states are welcome to apply and additional financial support will be provided for a practitioner relocating from interstate.

The placement’s goal is to provide the practitioner with the opportunity to develop their skills in documentary and/or factual development and production within the context of both a public broadcaster and a production company – with a broader view towards creating employment pathways.

The placement will commence with the ABC on the 24 of May followed by Northern pictures at a date to be determined. The successful candidate will receive an equivalent annual salary of approximately $93,000 per annum which equates to between $46,000 and $61,000 on a pro-rata basis for 6 to 8 months in addition to annual leave accrual and statutory superannuation.  The participant will be contracted by each of the host organisations separately and on the same terms. Depending on if the applicant is relocating or not, then an appropriate stipend will be negotiated to help with travel and accommodation costs.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Kelrick Martin – Head of Indigenous, ABC – with any enquiries about the placement.

UPDATE: Applications for the Indigenous Documentary Placement have now been extended until 23:59 AEDT Thursday 1 April.

“THE INDIGENOUS DOCUMENTARY PLACEMENT INITIATIVE, WITH NORTHERN PICTURES AND THE AIDC, WILL HELP GIVE A VOICE TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STORYTELLERS, BY DEVELOPING THEIR SKILLS WITHIN THE ABC’S AWARD-WINNING FACTUAL & CULTURE TEAM. THE ABC HAS A PROUD HISTORY OF BACKING INDIGENOUS CREATIVES AND CONTENT ON THE NATIONAL STAGE. THIS INITIATIVE, ALONGSIDE OUR NEW DIVERSITY & INCLUSION COMMISSIONING GUIDELINES, WILL SUPPORT EMERGING DIVERSE AND DYNAMIC TALENT, ON AND OFF SCREEN.”

– MICHAEL CARRINGTON – DIRECTOR ENTERTAINMENT & SPECIALIST (ABC)

“NORTHERN PICTURES IS THRILLED TO BE PART OF THE INDIGENOUS DOCUMENTARY PLACEMENT PROGRAMME AND PARTNERING WITH AIDC AND THE ABC. THIS PROGRAMME WILL PROVIDE A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO HELP AN EMERGING INDIGENOUS FILMMAKER FURTHER DEVELOP AND HONE THEIR SKILLS. DURING THEIR PLACEMENT AT NORTHERN PICTURES THEY WILL BE IMMERSED WITHIN OUR AWARD-WINNING CREATIVE TEAM LEAD BY KARINA HOLDEN OUR HEAD OF FACTUAL.”

-PETER ANDERSON – MANAGING DIRECTOR (NORTHERN PICTURES)

PLACEMENT ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

A detailed description of the Placement roles and responsibilities with both ABC and Northern Pictures can be found here.

An information session will be held during AIDC 2021 as part of the Indigenous Creators Program, where representatives from ABC and Northern Pictures will share insights into their workplaces, their recent documentary and factual productions, and what the placement involves.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or over
  • Be an Indigenous documentary or factual practitioner
  • Have two previous documentary or factual screen credits as Director or Producer
  • If shortlisted, be available to attend (virtually) an interview 22/23 April 2021
  • If selected, be able to undertake the placement in Sydney as required from 24 May 2021  (subject to Covid-19 restrictions)
  • If selected, be able to complete the full 6-8 month placement.

SELECTION PROCESS

Interested practitioners will be required to submit an application form to be considered for the Indigenous Documentary Placement outlining their interest in the placement and their previous documentary and/or factual experience.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview with ABC and Northern Pictures representatives between 22-23 April, 2021.

The successful applicant will be advised Wednesday 28 April, 2021.

The placement will commence with the ABC Factual and Culture Team on Monday 24 May, 2021.

Applications for the Indigenous Documentary Placement are now open until 11:59 AEDT Thursday 1 April 2021.

HOW TO APPLY

PLEASE NOTE: APPLICATIONS FOR THE INDIGENOUS DOCUMENTARY PLACEMENT ARE NOW CLOSED.

To submit, please complete the application form here.

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