UPDATE: Applications for SBS’ Untold Australia pitch are now closed.


Applications closed on January 31 2019, and are currently being considered by SBS.

SBS invited pitches of one-hour observational documentaries for the fifth season of the acclaimed Untold Australia, a series that unearths some of the most fascinating and unreported stories from Australia’s diverse communities.

The brief is broad and documentary makers are encouraged to submit a range of ideas and tones that explore and celebrate Australia’s diverse and multicultural communities.

What they will all have in common is that they will be contemporary character-led worlds with unfolding, untold stories that will surprise and occasionally shock.

After a competitive live pitching session at AIDC 2019, SBS will commit development funding of up to $60,000 to the successful projects.

This season of up to 4 x 1 hours will screen on SBS in 2019.

In 2018, Untold Australia featured a range of stories including Lebanese Beauty Queens, Outback Rabbis, Australia’s Forgotten Island and Behind the Blue Line.


Applicants are required to submit their proposals with ‘Untold Australia Submission’ in the subject line to factual@sbs.com.au by 31 January 2019.

Proposals must include the following:

  • 3-5 page proposal for an original one-hour documentary
  • 2-5 minute teaser character reel

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to pitch their ideas at the 2019 Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in Melbourne between 3 – 6 March 2019.



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