NITV and Screen Australia will produce a series of documentaries in the lead up to the proposed 2017 Referendum on Constitutional Recognition, under the banner Moment in History. They will also air on SBS.
2017 also marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 ‘Yes Vote’ referendum and the 25th anniversary of the Mabo Native Title High Court decision.
NITV is calling for expressions from established Indigenous filmmakers, with a production-ready landmark documentary project.
Tanya Denning-Orman, NITV Channel Manager, said that the creative responses to the referendum will reflect the diversity of stories and voices in Australia. “Australia is in the midst of a national conversation about the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, brought about by a referendum on Constitutional Recognition. Moment in History will respond to this national conversation, bringing together the nation through diverse stories that span Indigenous communities across the country.”
Screen Australia Chief Operating Officer, Fiona Cameron, said, “This is a very important initiative that can shape national discourse and we are proud to be able to support an ambitious project of this calibre. By partnering with NITV, we are enabling the creation of a remarkable slate of culturally significant content.”
The initiative seeks documentaries that surprise, provoke, push boundaries and inspire change with a strong creative vision, such as Jandamarra’s War (2011), the 2015 Cinefest Prize winner Putuparri and the Rainmakers and The Tall Man (Toronto International Film Festival 2012). Screen Australia and NITV welcome innovative storytelling that reinforces the power of documentary to capture this conversation for Australians now and in the future.
Finalists will be invited to attend a Documentary Australia Foundation-supported intensive development workshop, with international guest speakers, at Shark Island Institute’s Kangaroo Valley retreat in February 2016.
NITV on behalf of Screen Australia and NITV welcome Expressions of Interest of approximately two-three A4 pages. This is an opportunity for established Indigenous filmmaking teams with two or more long-form screen credits. The project must have an Indigenous writer and an Indigenous director attached. We are looking to support three to five projects from three to five different filmmaking teams.