First Nations documentary filmmakers set to get a boost with return of Centralized Documentary Fellowship



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First Nations documentary filmmakers set to get a boost with return of Centralized Documentary Fellowship

May 19, 2022

Tamara Whyte, photo by Dylan River, and Josh Trevorrow, courtesy image.

Applications are now open for the prestigious Australian Centralized Fellowship for First Nations Documentariesan unprecedented opportunity for First Nations documentary filmmakers in the Northern Territory and South Australia.

Now in its third year, the scholarship is a unique partnership between Documentary Australia (DA), the South Australian Film Society (CFSS), Screen Territory, National Indigenous Television (NITV) and Australian School of Film Television and Radio (AFTRS First Nations & Outreach) to strengthen storytelling and launch new projects by early and mid-career First Nations documentary filmmakers across central Australia.

The initiative will provide a successful fellow with support worth $30,000, as well as up to $10,000 in in-kind support to participate in training opportunities at AFTRS.

Supporting an integrated approach to personal career development, the successful Fellow will benefit from a tailor-made program tailored to their specific needs, including mentoring, research and development, skills development and training, attendance at industry, attachment to a relevant industry professional and more.

This year’s fellow will join previous winners of the first two years of the three-year program: filmmaker and first fellow Tamara Whyte of Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory, who undertook professional training to advance his documentary project closeexploring the use of mathematics in First Nations cultures, and South Australian filmmaker Ngarrindjeri Josh Trevorow who is developing his documentary project Kondoliexamining the central role of the Ngarrindjeri people in the whale trade in the United States and Europe in 1800s South Australia.

Trevorrow said: “The Centralized First Nations Documentary Australia Fellowship gave me the opportunity to invest time in one of my beloved projects. I have made great progress in finding my project and, thanks to the acquisition of a wonderful network, I am actively developing Kondoli and strive to achieve the ultimate goal of production. Thank you so much to Documentary Australia, SAFC and all program partners, it has been an amazing opportunity and support for my career in documentary filmmaking.

Whyte said: “Living in a remote location there is limited access to industry, support and mentors. The scholarship came with a lot of support from Mitzi, DA and Sue at AFTRS and the ability to identify my own support needs and the financial means to do so. I have been able to regularly access professional advice and skills development with Denise Eriksen through Media Mentor in Melbourne, which has given me the kind of autonomy that is usually not accessible in the regions away and allows me to remain responsible for the ongoing development of my project. I would also like to acknowledge that despite the limitations brought by COVID on travel and access, the fellowship partners have never wavered in their support, for which I am grateful.

As part of the groundbreaking CENTRALIZED initiative between the governments of South Australia and the Northern Territory to boost First Nations filmmakers and filmmakers, the Centralized First Nations Documentary Australia Fellowship is an unparalleled opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners in South Africa and the Northern Territories. career to a new level.

Applications are open until Monday, June 27, 2022 for SA and NT Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander filmmakers with relevant experience in the documentary sector and at least one screen credit in any genre.

For more information, including details on how to apply online, click here.


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