Launched in August 2019, Centralised is a ground-breaking initiative to boost Indigenous filmmakers and screen creatives in South Australia and Northern Territory with specialised funding, support and development opportunities.
Developed by the South Australian Film Corporation & Adelaide Studios and Screen Territory together with collaborating partners Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department, Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF), AFTRS Indigenous (Australian Film, Television & Radio School), ABC and NITV, Centralised delivers a range of opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen creatives through the centre of Australia, creating clear pathways for emerging talent including mentoring, workshops, attachments and internships.
The focus of Centralised is to encourage screen storytelling, practitioner and audience development in South Australia and the Northern Territory, with an emphasis on collaboration that crosses state borders.
Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) Centralised Indigenous Fellowship
Launched under the CENTRALISED banner, Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF)’s Centralised Indigenous Fellowship is a partnership with the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), Screen Territory, NITV (National Indigenous Television) and AFTRS Indigenous (Australian Film Television and Radio School).
Open to early to mid-career Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander practitioners from the Northern Territory and South Australia, the Fellowship will run across three years with one Fellow selected annually.
The successful Fellow will receive a grant of up to $30,000 towards professional and documentary project development, which can include mentorship, research and development, skills development and training, attendance at industry conferences, attachment to a relevant industry professional and more. In addition, they will receive up to $10,000 of in-kind support to attend training opportunities at AFTRS.
Applications open 19 December 2019 and run until 9 February 2020 for this unparalleled opportunity for Indigenous filmmakers resident in the Northern Territory or South Australia to accelerate their career to a new level.
For application guidelines, and to apply online go to: grantsnt.nt.gov.au
For further information, applicants should contact:
Documentary Australia Foundation: Annie Scoufis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Screen Territory: Melanie McClure, Melanie.McClure@nt.gov.au, 08 8951 6434
South Australian Film Corporation: Nara Wilson, Nara.email@example.com, 08 8394 2020
Bunya Creative Talent Incubator
Under the Centralised banner Bunya Productions, supported by Screen Australia’s Enterprise Business and Ideas Program and the South Australian Film Corporation, presented the Bunya Creative Talent Incubator for Indigenous producers, writers, writer/directors or director/producers with a compelling idea for a web series, TV series or feature.
Held at the SAFC's Adelaide Studios from November 29 to December 1, the three-day workshop was facilitated by producer/writer Gillian Moody (Family Rules, Black Divaz) and producer Tanith Glynn-Maloney (Robbie Hood, She Who Must be Loved) with producer/director Dena Curtis (Grace Beside Me), director Adrian Russell Wills (88, Black Divaz), Top End Wedding director Wayne Blair and rising star actor and writer Nakkiah Lui acting as mentors.
The workshop saw eight teams of Indigenous producers, writers and directors from South Australia and Northern Territory develop their ideas for new web series, TV series and feature films, and finishing the program with pitch-ready documents.
Click here to see the list of successful applicants
Deadly Family Portraits
This SAFC and ABC digital series brings to the screen three remarkable South Australian Aboriginal families – mother and daughter performers Lillian and Elaine Crombie, artist father and musician son Robert and Zaachariaha Fielding, and dancer sisters Taree and Caleena Sansbury – in three short films produced and directed by teams of emerging Indigenous South Australian filmmakers. The series premiered on ABC iview on Friday August 9, marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.
- Deadly Family Portraits: Crombie Crew
- Deadly Family Portraits: Electric Mimili
- Deadly Family Portraits: Sansbury Sisters
Centralised Web Series Development Initiative
Thirteen Indigenous screen creatives, online content creators and vloggers from South Australia and the Northern Territory gathered at Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) in Alice Springs in September, 2019 for the first Centralised Web Series Development Initiative.
Facilitated by The Sapphires and Top End Wedding director Wayne Blair, the four-day intensive covered all aspects of creating a web series, from story development to financing and featured presentations from a star-studded lineup of screen talent including filmmakers Dylan River and Tanith Glynn-Maloney (Robbie Hood), writer, producer and actor Trisha Morton-Thomas (Redfern Now), acting, writing and directing duo Adele Vuko and Christian Van Vuuren (Over and Out, Bondi Hipsters), and Screen Australia's Online Investment Manager Alyce Adams.
See photos from the workshop here.
Karla Grant Factual Series Initiative
Indigenous journalist and Living Black host Karla Grant journeys onto Country to meet and interview interesting and inspiring Indigenous Australians in a new series for NITV. Each episode of the four-part series will be directed by a different emerging South Australian and Northern Territory Indigenous director and feature a different high-profile guest. The Karla Grant Factual Series Initiative is a collaboration between NITV and the South Australian Film Corporation. It will start production in 2019 and air in 2020.
Tarnanthi 2019 Mentoring Program
Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in partnership with the SAFC, this program will see Adelaide’s award-winning Closer Productions provide attachment opportunities for two emerging Indigenous South Australian based filmmakers to be mentored as they film the Tarnanthi Artist Portraits, a collection of filmic profiles of some of the country’s leading contemporary Indigenous artists. Production will take place at the Buku-Larr?gay Mulka Art Centre in northeast Arnhem Land, NT; Broken Hill, NSW; and Kununurra and Lombadina in Western Australia. Tarnanthi is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in partnership with BHP and with support from the Government of South Australia. The Tarnanthi Artist Portraits will be screened at AGSA and shared more broadly across social media and other platforms.