Call for Entries: Australia Uncovered

Doco showcase is returning in 2024 and SBS is also on the hunt for new stories for 2025.

SBS is calling for submissions for a fourth season of documentary showcase Australia Uncovered to screen in 2025.

Bernadine Lim, Senior Commissioning Editor at SBS, said: “We want Australian documentary makers to come to us with surprising stories that have scale, cut-through and relevance; and most importantly, share a compelling story that speaks authentically to all Australian audiences.

Australia Uncovered continues to be a key part of our commissioned documentary slate at SBS, and we want to continue to build on the network’s leadership in high calibre documentaries that open minds, challenge misconceptions, entertain and connect with all Australians. Whether you have a fresh new concept or a cutting-edge project underway, we’d be excited to hear your proposal.”

Seasons 1 & 2 spanned gender politics during the term of Australia’s only female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, in Strong Female Lead; comedian Celia Pacquola’s story of battling anxiety in The Truth About Anxiety; the story of one of Australia’s most prominent unsolved serial murder cases and the desperate search for justice in The Bowraville Murders and a fly-on-the-wall insight into the world of trauma cleaning in The Cleaning Company.

A third season will also screen in 2024.

From submissions received, SBS will shortlist proposals seeking development and production funding, selecting up to four single documentaries ranging from one hour to feature-length to form the 2025 season of Australia Uncovered.

Applicants are required to submit their proposals with ‘Australia Uncovered Submission’ in the subject line to [email protected].

Submissions are open until end of October 2023.

Proposals must include the following:

2–4-page proposal for an original one-hour or feature length documentaries. This should include a log line, and 1 para synopsis
2–4-minute teaser, reel or proof of concept reel.

SBS will be in touch directly with successful applicants.

All proposals must explore and reflect the SBS Charter.



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