Screen Queensland and NITV will each commit $200,000 to co-finance the development and production of Queensland Originals: Elements, a four-part series to be created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent.

Applications are now open to work on the series, with emerging Indigenous filmmakers being called on to create contemporary factual narratives inspired by the four elements – earth, wind, fire and water. Each will explain connection to the elements through country, song, dance and spirituality.

SQ and NITV will select four 26-minute documentaries to be produced, overseen by an assigned series producer and mentor. Each doco will be broadcast on NITV.

“Queensland is home to a thriving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen community and we are thrilled to be working with NITV on the Elements series,” said SQ CEO Tracey Vieira.  

“This initiative will help facilitate growth and career advancement for early and mid-career practitioners and will ensure they receive a broadcast credit."

In August of this year, SQ launched its three-year SQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen vision to support the growth of early career Indigenous practitioners in Queensland

"Elements is a tactical step towards realising this vision and will deliver screen stories that inspire, inform and entertain all Australians and remain a screen legacy for generations to come,”  said Vieira. 

NITV’s commissioning editor Jade Christian said: “NITV is really pleased to be partnering with Screen Queensland on the Elements initiative, which is an opportunity to open the doors to create an inspiring and unique slate of content, while creating an opportunity for the Queensland Indigenous production sector to grow within the factual space.”

Applications close 5.00pm (AEST | Queensland time), December 5. 

Successful applicants must be available to attend a development workshop in Brisbane from January 23 – 25, 2017.

Read the guidelines here.

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