Proudly co-presented by SBS and the Documentary Australia Foundation, Australia Uncovered is a new landmark single documentary strand featuring unique and compelling stories about contemporary Australia. Shortlisted projects will pitch at AIDC 2020 for the chance to share in up to $80,000 in development funds with commissioned projects broadcast on SBS in 2021.
Australia Uncovered will feature up to eight single documentaries ranging from one hour to feature-length, that explore diversity and equality in contemporary Australia, with the aim of contributing to positive social change. Filmmakers are encouraged to be creative in their approach to style, form and construct, but the uniting factor is that all submissions must have something compelling to say about Australia today, and align with SBS’s Charter.
SBS has a long history of supporting the broadcast of single documentaries including through the Untold Australia strand with the financial support of Screen Australia who have also committed to support Australia Uncovered titles.
Shortlisted proposals seeking development funding will be invited to take part in a live pitching session at the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) 1-4 March, 2020, with successful participants receiving a share of development funding from SBS.
The Australia Uncovered pitch will take place at AIDC on Wednesday 4 March 2020 at State Library Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
Feature Image Credit: Ghost Hunter (dir. Ben Lawrence), 2019
Shortlisted applicants will be provided with the unique opportunity to participate in the Australia Uncovered pitch at AIDC 2020, where they will publicly pitch their projects to SBS Commissioning Editors on Wednesday 4 March 2020 in Melbourne.
If selected to pitch at AIDC, teams will need to register for AIDC. Teams have the choice of either a complimentary registration to pitch the project at the event (with no access to AIDC activities external to the pitch), or be provided with the opportunity for a 10% discount on a Day Pass, All-Access Pass or Gold All-Access Pass to attend the event.
Each team will be asked to deliver a seven-minute pitch followed by five minutes of questions from the panel.
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Life After Juvie
Against the torrent of ‘tough on crime’ rhetoric, young people caught in the sticky web of the juvenile justice system, find their voice.
Production Company: Marhaba Films
Key Creatives: Charby Ibrahim (Writer, Director, Producer), Britt Arthur (Producer), Mish Armstrong (Producer), Jen Peedom (Executive Producer)
88 Days A Slave
Exploited. Underpaid. Sexually Harassed. Same story, different backpacker.
Production Company: Annamax Media Pty Ltd
Key Creatives: Penny Robins (Producer), Christina Stenseth (Writer-Director), Mark Poole (Writer-Director)
Strong Female Lead
One in five Australian women experience sexual harassment in the workplace. One of them was Australia’s only female Prime Minister
Production Company: Northern Pictures
Key Creatives: Tosca Looby (Director), Karina Holden (Producer)
Why Do People Hate Jews?
John Safran learns what drives racism, through true crime stories.
Production Company: Princess Pictures
Key Creatives: John Safran (Creator/writer/presenter), Laura Waters & Mike Cowap (Executive Producers)
The Hospital of Hidden Secrets
For the first time on television, this one-hour documentary goes inside the first and only hospital for people with dissociative identity disorder, dispels the stigmas and myths about people who live with multiple personalities, and uncovers the hidden personal stories that hold the key to our most searing social truths.
Production Company: Southern Pictures Pty Ltd.
Key Creatives: Laurie Critchley (Executive Producer), Liz Allen (Director/Producer)
The Bowraville Murders (working title)
Three murdered Aboriginal kids; one white suspect … 30 years on, justice is not colour blind in Australia in 2020.
Production Company: Mint Pictures & Jumping Dog Productions
Key Creatives: Allan Clarke (Director), Dan Goldberg & Stefan Moore (Producers and Co-writers), Susan Lambert & Adam Kay (Executive Producers), Mark Middis (Editor)
“AUSTRALIA UNCOVERED WILL BE A CURATION OF THE MOST COMPELLING NEW CONTEMPORARY DOCUMENTARIES FROM ACROSS AUSTRALIA. SINGLE DOCUMENTARIES REMAIN AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR SCHEDULE AND ALLOW FOR A DIVERSITY OF VOICES AND STORIES TO BE TOLD IN FRESH AND INSPIRING WAYS.“
– JOSEPH MAXWELL
HEAD OF DOCUMENTARIES, SBS
“WE’RE SEEING MANY CRITICALLY SUCCESSFUL DOCUMENTARIES ENGAGE AUDIENCES AND INSPIRE THEM TO ACT IN DISTINCTIVE WAYS THAT BUILD SOCIAL COHESION. IT WILL BE POWERFUL TO WORK WITH SBS TO AMPLIFY OUR SHARED OBJECTIVES TO MAXIMISE AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT.”
– MITZI GOLDMAN
Co-Founder & CEO, DAF
Funding for the Australia Uncovered strand is only available to production companies with relevant experience in long form documentary storytelling.
The creative team responsible for the project must include one producer, director or writer who has at least two eligible TV credits in their respective role.
Australia Uncovered projects commissioned by SBS may also be eligible for state and federal screen agency funding. Producers need to apply for this funding directly with the relevant agency.
For Screen Australia, all production funding is subject to a creative assessment as per the published guidelines and eligibility requirements.
Further information is available at www.sbs.com.au/commissionedcontent
Applicants are required to email their proposals to SBS at [email protected] by 30 January, 2020 with ‘Australia Uncovered Submission’ in the subject line.
Proposals must include the following:
- 2-4 page proposal for an original one-hour or feature length documentaries
- 2-5 minute teaser character reel or proof of concept reel.
The shortlist will be announced by SBS on 14 February, 2020
After a competitive live pitching session at the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) on Wednesday 4 March, 2020, SBS will commit total development funding of up to $80,000 across the successful projects.
Submissions close Thursday 30 January 2020.