New initiative sends documentary filmmakers back to school

New initiative announced to help Queensland documentary filmmakers get their ideas on screen. Note from jealous ScreenHub stuff: run at this one, it is a good project.
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The Pacific Film and Television Commission (PFTC) today announced a new funding initiative that will assist Queensland documentary filmmakers get their ideas on screen.

The DOWNUNDER-GRADS Documentary Initiative will provide development and production investment of up to $210,000 for a new four-part documentary series about students at Australian universities to be screened on the Inside Australia program on SBS.

PFTC has formed an alliance with SBS Independent (SBSi), Film Australia and Big Island Pictures (BIP) to develop and produce the series.

PFTC and Film Australia will provide equity investment, SBSi will provide a presale and BIP will executive produce the series with writers, producers and directors from Queensland’s independent sector.

PFTC Head of Production Henry Tefay says the initiative will provide fantastic opportunities for emerging documentary filmmakers to gain valuable screen credits and give their careers a boost.

“We’re taking a slightly different approach with this initiative,” Mr Tefay said. “Rather than seeking projects with creative teams already attached we’re looking to bring together emerging writers, producers and directors to form creative teams best suited to realising the potential of story ideas.”

The series will explore the experience of going to university with a major focus on the perspectives of multicultural Australian and international students.

PFTC will be holding an information seminar for anyone interested in applying for this initiative. Henry Tefay, PFTC Project Manager Michael Badorrek, SBSi Commissioning Editor Jennifer Crone, Film Australia Head of Production Mark Hamlyn and Producer Mark Chapman from BIP will be in attendance to provide advice, answer questions and outline the application process.

The seminar details are:

Where: Meeting Room 3, Ground Floor, 111 George St Brisbane
When: Wednesday 31 August
Time: 6pm

Refreshments will be provided following the seminar.

Closing date for applications to DOWNUNDER-GRADS is Monday 17 October 2005.

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