Here are the six emerging filmmaking teams chosen to create shorts that SBS will screen as part of the 40th anniversary Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
The successful projects are Concern for Welfare (director Fadia Abboud), Black Lips (director Adrian Chiarella), Cherry Season (director Joshua Longhurst), the bilingual Tomgirl (director Vonne Patiag), Joy Boy (director Stef Smith) and Disco Dykes (director Sara West).
Their projects tackling acceptance in multi-cultural communities, small-town bigotry and a Muslim probationary policewoman, are funded through the Create NSW Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund. Each projects attracts a $15,000 production finance grant from Create NSW and a $15,000 licence fee from SBS.
SBS Managing Director, Michael Ebeid, said: “Promoting the benefits of diversity in all its forms remains at the core of SBS and we are thrilled to partner with Create NSW on this emerging filmmakers initiative, part of our increasing commitment to create opportunities for Australian screen practitioners from diverse backgrounds.
“Delivering positive outcomes for emerging LGBTIQ creatives and talent, this year’s selected stories span a range of important themes from across the community and we look forward to featuring these as part of SBS’s overall Mardi Gras coverage next year.”
NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said, “I am immensely proud of this initiative and its aims for funding productions that shape a more diverse Australian screen sector, both on-screen and off. We are delighted that with our partners at SBS, these projects will create 155 screen jobs that support LGBTIQ creatives, show strong representation for female practitioners, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and include jobs for young people.”
CJZ will executive produce all of the shorts.