Notice of competition: Australia discovered

Notice of competition: Australia discovered

SBS is calling for proposals for a third season of featured documentaries Australia discovered project in 2024.

Bernadine Lim, Senior Commissioning Editor at SBS, said: “We want Australian documentary filmmakers to come to us with astonishing stories that have scale, edge and relevance; and most importantly, share a compelling story that speaks authentically to all Australian audiences.

Australia discovered continues to be a key part of our SBS commissioned documentary slate, and we want to continue to build on the network’s leadership in top-notch documentaries that open minds, challenge misconceptions, entertain and connect with all Australians. Whether you have a new concept or a cutting-edge project underway, we’d be thrilled to hear from you.

Seasons 1 and 2 embraced gender politics during the tenure of Australia’s only female prime minister, Julia Gillard, in Strong female lead; comedian Celia Pacquola’s story about battling anxiety in The truth about anxiety; the story of one of Australia’s most important unsolved serial murder cases and the desperate search for justice The Bowraville Murders and immediate insight into the world of trauma cleansing The cleaning company.

From the submissions received, SBS will shortlist proposals seeking development and production funding, selecting up to four individual documentaries ranging from one hour to a feature film to form the 2025 season of Australia Uncovered.

Applicants should send their proposals with “Australia Uncovered Submission” in the subject line to (email protected).

Registration is open until the end of October 2023.

Proposals must include the following:

2-4 page proposal for an original one hour documentary or feature film. This should include 1 log line and 1 para synopsis
2-4 minute teaser, reel or proof of concept.

SBS will contact successful candidates directly.

All proposals must explore and reflect the SBS Charter.