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AIDC 2018: notes towards a better funding model

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Sam Griffin

Hard times are here for funding agencies. What is the best possible model for long form documentary? Former Investment Manager Sam Griffin offers a modest proposal.

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Image: Poster for Chasing Asylum, Eva Orner's privately funded, research dominated documentary crusade.

Next Wednesday, the 2018 Australian International Documentary Conference is running a session on funding in tough times, when agency investments have been cut by government. As the blurb to MAGIC BEANS: Rethinking Feature Documentary Funding says, 

About the author

Producer Sam Griffin was a documentary investment development manager at Screen Australia for six years (2011 – 2017), during which time she was involved in the development, funding and management of a slate of award-winning feature documentaries, nationally-significant television series, and emerging filmmaker initiatives. Before returning to Sydney in 2010, Sam worked in New York for 15 years. There she spent 10 years as the Supervising Producer overseeing editorial and production of hundreds of hours of fashion and arts factual content. She is now developing several feature documentaries, including THE UNTITLED DUDKO PROJECT.