Film Victoria and National Indigenous Television (NITV) are delighted to announce a new joint initiative ‘Treaty Docs’ which will provide an opportunity for Indigenous Victorian filmmakers looking to make an impact in the documentary space.

The new initiative will offer up to $20,000 to selected Indigenous Victorian filmmakers to create a digital short documentary centred on what ‘Treaty’ means to them and/or their local community.

The content, tone and style of the short films will be open to the creator’s imagination, so all forms of the documentary medium are encouraged.

The successful shorts will be commissioned as online content with the potential for projects to screen on NITV as well.

The initiative continues a successful partnership between Film Victoria and NITV who delivered the ‘Bust Up’ comedy initiative early in 2017. It saw 10 Indigenous practitioners take part in a four day Melbourne workshop which resulted in three concepts being taken into further development. 

Film Victoria CEO, Jenni Tosi said “We are extremely pleased to be again be partnering with NITV, building on the success of our joint ‘Bust Up’ comedy initiative earlier this year, to now offer new opportunities for Victorian based Indigenous filmmakers.

“We’ll be on the look‐out for innovative interpretations around the important subject matter of ‘Treaty’ which will allow our indigenous practitioners to expand their storytelling skills whilst also supporting our desire to see more Indigenous screen content made in Victoria.”

NITV Channel Manager, Tanya Orman said: “Following the success of Bust Up, we are excited to work with Film Victoria again to develop and produce ‘Treaty Docs’. We encourage budding Indigenous Victorian filmmakers to submit. This is an important and timely initiative.”

Applications and guidelines will be announced shortly and Indigenous practitioners from across all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Stay tuned for application dates and details.