Supporting Indigenous Filmmaking with Australia’s audio-visual heritage

The Morrison Government's new grant will allow the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) to commission an Indigenous filmmaker for a major UK/Australia season project.

This week (5 August), the Morrison Government announced a $70,000 grant for the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) to commission an Indigenous filmmaker for a digital work as part of the UK/Australia Season themed Who are we now?

The project, tentatively titled Re/Vision, will see an Indigenous filmmaker working closely with the NFSA curatorial and technical team to produce a work that will ‘offer an interpretation of Australia’s audio-visual heritage to today’s audiences,’ the statement explained.

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It is hoped that NFSA’s involvement will play a crucial role in growing audiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. NFSA has pledged to match the funding contribution with more than $100,000 of in-kind support and the work will be housed in NFSA’s collection once completed.

Minister for the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said in a statement: ‘This important project explores new ways of interpreting the NFSA’s collection and Australian history in a contemporary and innovative way.’

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne added: ‘This provides an opportunity to foster cultural understanding, locally and with international audiences, and encourage creativity and innovation through the use of digital technologies and collaboration.’

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The NFSA collection currently holds over three million records spanning films and television to oral histories and artefacts which showcases stories behind the Australian audiovisual industry and culture. Its Indigenous Collection currently holds more than 25,000 works that document the diversity of First Peoples culture and creative expressions for a contemporary audience.

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