AUSTRALIA UNCOVERED

Australia Uncovered, SBS’s strand of prime-time single documentaries exploring diversity and equality in contemporary Australia, is returning for its second consecutive year to AIDC.

Six shortlisted projects will pitch during AIDC 2021 for the chance to share in up to $80,000 in development funds with commissioned projects broadcast on SBS in 2022.

Projects that are creative in their approach to style, form and construct are highly encouraged. Submissions must have something captivating to say about modern-day Australia and align with the SBS Charter.

SBS has a grand history of supporting the broadcast of single documentaries with the financial support of Screen Australia, which has once again committed to backing the next round of Australia Uncovered titles.

Shortlisted proposals seeking development funding will be invited to take part in a live pitching session during AIDC with successful participants receiving a share of development funding from SBS.

Once again SBS is also welcoming proposals seeking production funding and post-production funding.

The Australia Uncovered pitch will take place during AIDC between 28 February to 3 March 2021.

Feature image credit: Photo by Phil Hillyard/Newspix. Strong Female Lead (Northern Pictures).

ABOUT THE PITCH

Applicants shortlisted for the Australia Uncovered pitch will have the opportunity to publicly pitch their projects to SBS commissioning editors during AIDC 2021.

If selected to pitch at AIDC, teams will need to register for the conference. Teams are able to access complimentary registration to pitch their project during the event (which provides no access to other conference sessions or marketplace activities).

Alternatively, teams can access AIDC sessions by purchasing an All Access or Focus Pass, available for sale via the AIDC website from 28 October 2020.

Up to six project teams will receive 10 minutes to deliver a two minute teaser and a three minute pitch, plus 5 minutes to answer questions from the panel.

“SINGLE DOCUMENTARIES ALLOW US TO SHOWCASE DIVERSITY AND TACKLE ISSUES CHALLENGING OUR SOCIETY IN INNOVATIVE AND INSPIRING WAYS, THROUGH OFTEN UNTOLD STORIES AND FROM A VARIETY OF VOICES WITH REFLECT CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIA. IT’S BEEN A CHALLENGING YEAR FOR SO MANY AUSTRALIANS AND WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE CREATIVITY AND QUALITY OF OUR LOCAL SECTOR COME THROUGH IN THIS YEAR’S [AUSTRALIA UNCOVERED] SUBMISSIONS.”

– JOSEPH MAXWELL
HEAD OF DOCUMENTARIES, SBS

Image credit: Photo by Phil Hillyard/Newspix. Strong Female Lead (Northern Pictures).

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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 their published guidelines and eligibility requirements.

Further information is available on the SBS website.

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for Development Funding

Applicants are required to submit their proposals with ‘Australia Uncovered Submission’ in the subject line to [email protected] by 24 January 2021.

Proposals must include the following:

  • 2-4 page proposal for an original one-hour or feature length documentary
  • 2-5 minute teaser, character reel, or proof of concept reel.

The shortlist of documentaries will be announced by SBS on 8 February 2021.

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