AUSTRALIA UNCOVERED

Australia Uncovered, SBS’s strand of prime-time single documentaries exploring diversity and equality in contemporary Australia, is returning to AIDC for a third consecutive year in search of new projects.

SBS and AIDC are now inviting proposals for projects seeking either development or production funding. Shortlisted projects will be invited to take part in a live pitching session during AIDC 2022 for the chance to share in up to $80,000 in development funds, with commissioned projects broadcast on SBS in 2023.

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

The Australia Uncovered Pitch will take place during AIDC 2022, 6-9 March 2022, ACMI, Melbourne. 

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 2022.

If selected to pitch at AIDC 2022, teams will need to register for the conference. Shortlisted teams will be able to access special complimentary registration to pitch their project during the event.

Please Note: a complimentary Australia Uncovered Pitch registration does not provide access to any other AIDC 2022 sessions or marketplace activities. Teams have the option to purchase an AIDC 2022 Business, All Access or Focus Pass to fully participate in the conference.

“SINGLE DOCUMENTARIES ALLOW US TO EXPLORE CRITICAL ISSUES IMPACTING SOCIETY IN INNOVATIVE, AND SURPRISING WAYS. THROUGH AUSTRALIA UNCOVERED, WE CAN TELL UNEXPECTED STORIES, OR PROVIDE A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON A SUBJECT, WITH THE AIM OF HELPING US ALL UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AUSTRALIAN TODAY. THROUGH THE STRAND, WE ARE NOT ONLY ABLE TO REFLECT THE DIVERSITY OF CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIA, BUT IT’S ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE THE CREATIVITY AND QUALITY OF OUR LOCAL SECTOR. WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THIS YEAR’S SUBMISSIONS BRING.”

– JOSEPH MAXWELL
HEAD OF DOCUMENTARIES, SBS

Image credit: Photo by Nicola Bernardi. Australia Uncovered Pitch 2020.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Funding for the Australia Uncovered strand is only available to production companies with relevant experience in long-form documentary storytelling.

In addition, 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 sbs.com.au/commissionedcontent

HOW TO APPLY

Applications for Development Funding 

Applicants are required to submit their proposals with ‘Australia Uncovered Submission’ in the subject line to factual@sbs.com.au by 28 January 2022.  

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 of documentaries will be revealed by SBS on 14 February 2022. 

After a competitive pitching session held as part of AIDC 2022, SBS will commit total development funding of up to $80,000 across the successful projects.

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