Network 10 has partnered with Screen Australia to launch a new initiative providing grants to allow LGBTIQ+ people in rural and regional communities a chance to turn their stories into documentaries.
The “Out Here” initiative encourages storytellers to apply for one of three grants up to $80,000 to help develop projects around being LGBTIQ+ in country towns.
The successful documentaries will then be broadcast on the network’s digital streaming platform 10 Play.
Beverley McGarvey, 10’s chief content officer, said the network wants to foster and create pathways for production talent across the country.
“Out Here is a fantastic initiative that not only opens up opportunities for budding filmmakers to produce a documentary, but also promotes cultural change and inclusion in rural and regional communities,” she said.
“It’s another way we can make sure Australians from all parts of our community are represented on screen and behind the camera.
“We can’t wait to see all the ideas and uncover future production stars.”
Screen Australia’s head of documentary, Bernadine Lim, said they were excited to see the stories that come from the project.
“Lived experience is both powerful and raw. We wanted to create a specific space for LGBTQI+ filmmakers to share their real life regional stories with an even wider audience,” she said.
“When the time comes to publish the Out Here documentaries, we’re particularly thrilled to be able to partner with 10 to make these Australian stories accessible to view for free on 10 Play.”
Applications for Out Here must include a director or producer who identifies as part of the LGBTQI+ community and one of whom has at least one screen credit in the respective role. All key creatives must be Australian citizens or residents.
Applicants will have until Friday, April 26 to submit their ideas with the grant recipients announced on Friday, June 21.
To find out more and to apply, visit the Screen Australia website here.
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