The AFC has released a draft of A Guide to Protocols for Filmmakers Working with Indigenous Content and Indigenous Communities for industry feedback. The Indigenous Branch commissioned Indigenous lawyer Terri Janke to research and write the guide. Ms Janke has had extensive experience in this area and has previously written protocol booklets for the Australia Council. The guide is based on submissions, feedback and in-depth interviews from across the industry. It has been produced to provide advice about the ethical and legal issues involved in transferring Indigenous cultural material to the screen.
We hope that those working with Indigenous communities or Indigenous content will be inspired to use it as a framework for developing protocols for their own film or television projects. It is also hoped that film funding agencies and broadcasters will encourage filmmakers they are funding to use the guide. The AFC urges you to read this draft and provide feedback about the guide. It is important that the industry accepts and endorses the guide and encourages filmmakers to use it.
When reading the draft please consider: are there any changes you think need to be made, has anything been omitted or overlooked or is there anything that can be excluded?
For a copy of the draft please contact the AFC's Indigenous Branch on 02 9321 6499 or freecall 1800 226 615.
Comments and ideas should be forwarded by 20 September 2006 to:
The Manager, Indigenous Branch
Australian Film Commission
GPO Box 3984, Sydney NSW 2001
Phone: 02 9321 6499
Freecall: 1800 226 615