Film Vic announces Amplify Victoria, a podcast production fund

The newly announced documentary development funding initiative co-funded by audible has a view to supporting the production of premium podcasts.

Film Victoria are partnering with Amazon-owned audiobook provider Audible to launch Amplify Victoria, a new documentary development funding initiative for Victorian factual content creators. This fund is intended to help creators develop captivating true stories in the podcast format. 

Film Victoria and Audible are calling for strong and challenging ideas that spark conversations and examine issues from different perspectives, with a well-developed multi-episode narrative and relatable subjects. The total funding pool is $60,000, and will be split between up to six creative projects. The funded podcasts will be developed with the intention to release them on Audible, or to be adapted for screen. No previous screen or podcast credits are required to apply. 

‘As the global appetite for quality podcasts continues to grow, Amplify Victoria is an opportunity for our state’s talented storytellers to reach audiences around the world.’

Danny Pearson, Victorian Minister for Creative Industries

There has been increasing crossover between podcasts and on-screen storytelling, with many journalists and non-fiction storytellers embracing the format. Work like Amy McQuire’s true crime podcast, Curtain, which examines the murder trial of Indigenous man Kevin “Curtain” Henry, from Rockhampton Queensland in forensic detail, have elevated the form above mere entertainment, and into a vital part of the documentary ecosystem. 

Film Victoria CEO Caroline Pitcher described the importance of non-fiction storytelling in Australia’s screen sector, citing The Australian Dream, 2040, Mystify and No Time for Quiet as prime examples of Australian non-fiction excellence.

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Of the development funding program, she said: ‘We can’t wait to see what our producers and writers – both experienced creators and new voices – unearth when they focus on the sense of sound to tell a great story.’

Victoria’s new Minister for Creative Industries, Danny Pearson, spoke to the relevance of the program, adding: ‘As the global appetite for quality podcasts continues to grow, Amplify Victoria is an opportunity for our state’s talented storytellers to reach audiences around the world.’

Applications for Amplify Victoria: The Audible and Film Victoria Documentary Development Fund are now open and close 11pm Thursday 29 October. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of 2020. The Amplify Victoria initiative is managed and administered by Film Victoria, with co-funding support by Audible Australia. Visit Film Victoria’s website for further information.

Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob