We are looking for bold, brave storytelling from Indigenous filmmakers and Indigenous production companies.
NITV Staff Writer

26 Jun 2015 - 2:01 PM  UPDATED 27 May 2019 - 10:45 AM

NITV commissions content that creates and shares unique stories to inspire, instill pride and encourage a greater understanding of Indigenous people and culture. 

All projects are carefully considered by the Commissioning Team.

Application Deadlines

You can make an application for funding at any time but the commissioning team will batch proposals so that projects can be considered in commissioning rounds.

Who Can Apply? 

NITV commissions Australian stories.

Indigenous filmmakers and Indigenous production companies are strongly encouraged to apply.

At least two key creative roles (writer, director, producer) must be an Indigenous Australian.

Please note: Applicants should be aware of any outstanding commitments to NITV. Your application will not be considered until they are cleared. If you are unsure of any outstanding commitments get in touch with the Commissioning team before applying.

How to Apply

Send us the necessary paperwork

Applications should be accompanied by a completed application form, which you can request here

Please ensure you have attached the following with a completed application;

  • Treatment and One Page Pitch document
  • Episode breakdowns (for series only)
  • Budget A – Z Budget (available for download from the Screen Australia website)
  • Finance Plan (available for download from the Screen Australia website)
  • CVs of key creatives
  • Trailer, teaser, sample footage to support your application

Want to talk? 

You are welcome to discuss your project with a commissioning editor before submitting. Please get in touch with us at nitvproposals@sbs.com.au.

We look forward to hearing from you.

What Are We Looking For?

We are looking for bold, brave storytelling from Indigenous filmmakers and Indigenous production companies, with creatively ambitious ideas based on subjects that will:

  • Engage, inform and entertain a broad audience
  • Open audiences to Indigenous voices from across the nation
  • Challenge stereotypes
  • Reflect a wide range of stories from Indigenous Australia

NITV encourages producers to present proposals which take a '360 degree' approach to broadcast. That is, projects should include a multi-platform presence including online and social media.

NITV commissioning decisions will be subject to the requirements of the SBS Charter, SBS Act and SBS Codes of Practice and Editorial Guidelines.

How Do NITV Commissions Work?

NITV does not fully fund externally commissioned work. Proposals will need to identify additional funding resources, the source of third party funding should be disclosed/identified at time of submission to ensure that any proposed third party financial contributions are consistent with the SBS Charter, SBS Act and SBS Codes of Practice and Editorial Guidelines. NITV reserves the right of approval over third party funding.

If a project is commissioned, the NITV contribution may be in the form of:

  • a licence fee and/or equity investment which will be negotiated with the producer
  • the allocation of resources and facilities which will be counted as part of the total NITV contribution towards the production budget.

NITV does not fund retrospective filming.

As a general principle NITV does not provide development funding. If the proposal is of interest to NITV we may issue a letter of support to assist producers to apply to screen funding agencies under their development funding programs.

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