Following the success of The Go-Betweens: Right Here and prior to the the release of the 2018 film Double Happiness: China Love, Create NSW and ABC Arts have put forward application opportunities for its 2019 Feature Fund which is now in its third year.
Each project funded through the initiative will receive a world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival, followed by a screening on ABC. Create NSW will also contribute $100,000 to each project, with the ABC allocating a $150,000 licensing fee. Finished films have also received major funding from Screen Australia.
Create NSW Director of Sector Investment Sophia Zachariou commented on the event, saying “From rock music to the fascinating phenomenon of Chinese pre-wedding photography, this is a great chance for filmmakers to really explore the unexplored and captivate audiences with their chosen subject – whatever that may be!
ABC Manager of Arts Richard Buckham also added, “The ABC is proud to have partnered with Create NSW to initiate the Documentary Feature Fund. Initiatives like this are integral to the Australian filmmaking industry, allowing us to invest in quality local content and highlight the rich and diverse range of Australian stories. I look forward to reviewing some exciting applications for our 2019 fund.”
The 2018 Film Double Happiness: China Love, distributed by Screen Australia, is now in post-production and serves as the directorial debut from photographer Olivia-Martin-McGuire. The film explores modern-day China and its ongoing relationship with Australia from the perspective of the pre-wedding photography industry.
The film is produced by Rebecca Barry and Madeleine Hetherton, and is set to screen at the 65th Sydney Film Festival, which will take place between 6 – 17 June 2018, followed by a national broadcast on ABC.
Applications are now open until midnight Sunday 15th April 2018. For more information and how to apply, you can click here.