Create NSW and the ABC want to find the next low-budget TV hit, and are calling for submissions are part of a new $100,000 development partnership.
The initiative will see four projects from across the state selected to receive up to $20,000 matched joint development funding from Create NSW and ABC.
They are seeking one- to two-page pitches for a half-hour returnable drama series fit for primetime on ABC. Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate diversity on- and off-screen, as well as projects that focus on a younger audience.
Create NSW Director for Sector Investment Sophia Zachariou said, “With this initiative we’re looking to create homegrown half-hour dramas that can equal the likes of international productions such as HBO’s Girls, Looking and Insecure.
“We want to see ideas for dramas that draw viewers in with bold and powerful but most importantly, relatable storytelling. This is a great opportunity to support existing as well as emerging screen talent, and I can’t wait to see the variety of applications.”
ABC Head of Scripted Production Sally Riley added, “We want to break open the half-hour space for Australian drama and with this initiative we’re thrilled to be creating more opportunities for screen practitioners to tell compelling stories that surprise and delight audiences. We hope to see ideas that are both uniquely Australian and universal, and that can ignite and provoke conversation.”
Applications are open now and close midnight Sunday January 28 2018. To apply, please read the full eligibility guidelines and criteria here.