Film Victoria has partnered with Universal Pictures Content Group, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies, to create Big Picture – an initiative to develop extraordinary documentaries for the big screen.
Open to both experienced documentary filmmakers and emerging storytellers who are yet to attain their first screen credit, the initiative calls for compelling stories with global appeal to follow in the success of films such as Three Identical Strangers and Marianne & Leonard, both acquired and distributed by Universal Pictures Content Group.
Filmmakers with special access to a person or ‘a world’ in the areas of music, crime and sport – reminiscent of the inspirational story of one of the world’s most iconic fighters, Conor McGregor: Notorious and the Film Victoria-supported feature documentary, Mystify: Michael Hutchence – are encouraged to apply to further develop their distinctive, ambitious documentary story ideas together with Universal Pictures Content Group. Other subject matter will also be considered.
One project suitable for theatrical distribution will be selected for development funding of up to $20,000.
“Some stories are just meant for the big screen and Big Picture provides an opportunity for a new voice or a seasoned filmmaker to develop a commercial documentary for release in cinemas. Crucially, they can do so with an experienced market partner in Universal Pictures Content Group, putting them in a strong position to reach global audiences,” said Film Victoria CEO Caroline Pitcher.
Applications for Big Picture: Universal Pictures Content Group and Film Victoria Feature Documentary Development Fund are now open and close 11pm Thursday 4 February 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-March 2021.
Visit film.vic.gov.au/funding/funding-for-development/ to find out more.
Film Victoria | Fiona Howat, Senior Communications and Media Advisor, 03 9660 3270
ABOUT UNIVERSAL PICTURES CONTENT GROUP
Headquartered in London, Universal Pictures Content Group is a repertoire centre acquiring and producing multi-genre entertainment for distribution across theatrical, home entertainment, television and digital platforms on a worldwide basis. Universal Pictures Content Group a unit of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group (UFEG). UFEG produces, acquires, markets and distributes filmed entertainment worldwide in various media formats for theatrical, home entertainment, television and other distribution platforms, as well as consumer products, interactive gaming and live entertainment. The global division includes Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Brand Development, Fandango and DreamWorks Animation Film and Television. UFEG is part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.