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Digital Originals 2023: Submissions

July 6, 2023

Screen Australia, SBS, and National Indigenous Television (NITV) are inviting applications for the Digital Originals initiative.

Now in its fourth year, the program aims to develop short-form drama projects to premiere as a single hour-long episode program on SBS On Demand and NITV, from screen creatives historically under-represented in the sector. This includes people who identify as culturally and linguistically diverse, First Nations Australians, people with disability, female and gender diverse, LGBTQIA+, and those who are located in regional and remote areas.

Recent recipients include Appetite, which was selected as one of 10 series in the Short Form Competition at Canneseries 2023, and Latecomers, which was among six series featured in the Short Forms Competition at Series Mania in Lille, France. Three more projects from the 2022 cohort – Warm PropsMoni and Moonbird – are currently in development, with up to three progressing to production.

Teams will be selected to attend an exclusive workshop in October 2023, run by Screen Australia, SBS, and NITV. The workshop will focus on narrative writing skills, as well as developing the projects to align with the SBS Charter and SBS On Demand platform, culminating in a pitch to Screen Australia, SBS, and NITV. Teams outside of Sydney will receive flights and accommodation for up to three team members to attend the workshop. Teams of either two or three members are eligible to apply and must include one writer.

From these teams, up to six will be chosen to take their projects into further development, and from these, up to three will be chosen for production funding and commissioning with SBS, NITV and Screen Australia.

Submissions should include an up to three-page pitch document outlining the details of the series and more information on the creative team; an up to three-minute pitch video outlining the creators’ personal connection to and reason for wanting to develop the project; and an up to 10-page script sample of previous work.