The four episodes will draw inspiration for from the four elements - Earth, Wind, Fire and Water – to tell stories that explain the connection with country, song, dance and spirituality.
Each episode will receive a $100,000 grant to support the development, production and marketing of the television half hour with $200,000 of funding coming from each organisation.
The four 26 minute episodes will be overseen by a Queensland series producer and mentor and will be developed and produced entirely in Queensland. The series is part of Screen Queensland’s strategy to find and nurture Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent so that they can take their stories to Australian and international audiences and build careers in the screen industry.
‘Queensland is home to a thriving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen community and we are thrilled to be working with NITV on the Elements series,’ said Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira.
‘In August of this year, Screen Queensland launched its three year Screen Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen vision supporting the growth of early career Indigenous practitioners in Queensland and helping more screen stories be told on new platforms and to new audiences,’ said Ms Vieira.
Screen Queensland has committed more than $1.7 million to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent and stories in the 2015-16 financial year.
Jade Christian, NITV’s Commissioning Editor said: ‘NITV is really pleased to be partnering with Screen Queensland with the Elements initiative, which is an opportunity to open the doors to create an inspiring and unique slate of content, while creating an opportunity for the Queensland Indigenous production sector to grow within the factual space.'
Applications open today [10 November 2016] and close 5.00pm (AEST | Queensland time), Monday 5 December 2016.
Who can apply?
> Bona fide Queenslanders (Screen Queensland’s Terms of Trade include the definition).
> Filmmakers – writers, directors and producers may apply as teams or individuals.
> Demonstrable track record that includes a credit in the desired role on a documentary project.
> Full-time students are not eligible to apply.
> Please note: This is an early career opportunity not entry level opportunity.
> Project ideas cannot be drama or animation.
> Must be available for a two-day workshop 5 and 6 November.
What do you need?
> A track record and clear career trajectory should be demonstrated, as appropriate to the role nominated in the application.
> Ideas should be submitted as concept (one page only).
> Documentaries must be developed and produced entirely in Queensland.
> All key creative roles must be filled by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders.
> Successful applicants must be available to attend development workshop in Brisbane 23 – 25 January 2017.
How to apply?
Follow this link.