SQ initiatives

Indigenous screen program

Straight out of the Straits

Straight out of the Straits is an Australian-first partnership between Screen Queensland, Screen Australia and ABC iView, and provides opportunities for early-career writers, directors and producers to create authentic, character-driven Torres Strait Island stories for the screen.

Successful teams will get the chance to develop their ideas for short factual series in a workshop led by David Batty (Black As, Bush Mechanics), with two teams each going on to make a series for iView.

The content will support the programming for the ABC’s Blue Water Empire, a new TV series about the history of the Torres Strait Islands, commissioned by the ABC and filmed in Queensland last year with the support of Screen Queensland and Screen Australia.

Deadline: apply by 20 March 2017

Read STRAIGHT OUT OF THE STRAITS guidelines

Read ABC Licence Agreement

Apply online now

SQ contact:
Belinda Miller: Screen Queensland VP – Development  & Production (Indigenous)
t: +61 7 3248 0500
e: bmiller@screenqld.com.au

Screen Queensland (SQ) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy 2016-19

Screen Queensland launched its inaugural Screen Queensland (SQ) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy 2016-19 in August 2016 to deliver funding initiatives benefiting Indigenous practitioners and enriching the Australian cultural landscape. 

To view the SQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy 2016-19, please CLICK HERE.

The three-year plan will connect Queensland’s Indigenous screen practitioners to a global audience via mainstream media as well as innovative screen platforms.

Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira said the SQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy 2016-19 would ensure Indigenous practitioners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories remained a key focus in funding decisions.

‘Screen Queensland invested more than $1.7 million in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent and stories in the 2015-16 financial year and around $1.2 million in 2014-15.  We will continue to unearth new talent to grow a stronger industry base,’ said Tracey Vieira.

‘Over the next three years, the Screen Queensland (SQ) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy 2016-19 anticipates a sustained and growing number of early career Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners are telling stories from Queensland with at least 10 per cent of SQ Production Investment in these projects. 

‘There is a commitment in which 50 per cent of all early career initiatives include projects and participants with at least one Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in a key creative role.  And there are clear career and skills development pathways that will guide the development and production of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen stories for new platforms and new audiences.

‘We are proud of the ongoing support we provide to early career talent to help them grow their skills and experience to make short films, one-off documentaries, and attachment opportunities on domestic and international productions, as well as our investment in mid to established talent to develop their projects and businesses.’

Key objectives of the SQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy 2016-19 :

> Discover new stories and new storytellers from Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

> Nurture talented creatives and crew to develop a sector comprised of committed professionals.

> Celebrate great work and outstanding talent that promotes the distinctive Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice and is part of defining Queensland and the stories it has to share.

> Invest in talent, project development, production and businesses to ensure career momentum and industry growth.

To view the SQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy 2016-19, please CLICK HERE.

The Queensland Government invested approximately $1.2 million in Indigenous screen funding in the 2014-15 financial year across the full suite of Screen Queensland programs including development, production, early career, enterprise and screen culture programs.

Highlights included $150,000 in funding support for Bacon Factory Films, a Brisbane-based company set up by Indigenous filmmaker Dean Gibson in 2013, to create a specifically-designed film and television program focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as part of Screen Queensland’s Early Career Screen Program; production investment into Ivan Sen’s feature film Goldstone and $200,000 (over two years) support for Sen and David Jowsey’s production company Bunya Productions (one of six supported) to develop a television division through the prestigious Enterprise Queensland program.

SCREEN PRODUCTION FUNDING INCLUDED:

> A War of Hope (Bacon Factory Films)
> NITV: Our Stories, Our Way, Everyday – Verne In Vietnam (Bacon Factory Films)
> NITV: Our Stories, Our Way, Everyday – Dreamtime Fitness (Ben Southwell)
> NITV: Our Stories, Our Way, Everyday (Turn Dog Quick Films)
> NITV: Our Stories, Our Way, Everyday – Standing on Sacred Ground (Bacon Factory Films)
> NITV: Our Stories, Our Way, Everyday (Goorie Vision)
> Cash Money (Levi Joel Group)
> Sesame Street Season 45 (Carbon Media)
> NITV: Our Stories, Our Way, Everyday (Wildbear Entertainment)
> NITV: Our Stories, Our Way, Everyday – Black Angels & Private Leslie (George) Anderson (Kaylene Butler)
> NITV: Our Stories, Our Way, Everyday – Chris Tamwoy (Nikki Michail)
> NITV: Our Stories, Our Way, Everyday – Cunnamulla Youth Club (Janine Kelly)
> Goldstone (Bunya Productions)

SCREEN DEVELOPMENT FUNDING INCLUDED:

> Bacon Factory Films – The Recyclables
> Carbon Media Pty Ltd The TimeShifters; Camp Crazy; Cheeky Dogs
> Wildbear Entertainment Pty Ltd – Back Track; Black Heroes