Four new documentaries to be produced for broadcast on the internet have been approved for production funding by the Australian Film Commission in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation under their joint DOCUMENTARY ONLINE INITIATIVE.
The four documentary projects were selected from a total of 116 applications from around Australia. They will be specifically produced for web-streaming and hosting on ABC ONLINE. The AFC/ABC Documentary Online Initiative was established to encourage exciting and adventurous projects that exploit the possibilities of the Internet and challenge conventional documentary forms.
Kim Dalton, Chief Executive of the AFC said: "With the increasing convergence of the film, television and the interactive digital media industries, and the impending introduction of accessible broadband delivery systems, this initiative is both timely and groundbreaking."
"It is interesting to note that the successful documentaries will be made by both experienced documentary producers and by new filmmakers."
ABC New Media Managing Director, Ms Lynley Marshall, said this joint initiative with ABC and Australian Film Commission was a strong indication of ABC New Media's commitment to exploring new projects and creative opportunities associated with the Online environment.
"Our vision at ABC New Media is to bring Australians increasing avenues to discover, experience and engage with Australia and the world. We aim to achieve this through the delivery of a unique combination of high quality, innovative content engaging online communities and a commitment to new modes of content delivery.
"On this basis, we are very pleased to be a partner in this ground-breaking project where for the first time in Australia, documentary film-makers will have projects funded solely for broadcast on the Internet.
The successful projects and their key creative teams are:
ESCAPE TO FREEDOM - Sohail Dahdal/David Goldie
An exploration of the complex challenge Australia faces in responding to the plight of refugees.
HOMELESS - Trevor Graham/Rosa Hesp/Rob Wellington
An experiential web-site telling the stories of six individuals trapped in a state of homelessness in their booming global cities.
THE WRONG CROWD - Debra Beattie
"Queensland is a state so relaxed, so comfortable and so easy going it would rather just roll over in the sun than deal with the dark truth of injustices and corruption" - a personal history as told by Debra Beattie.
A YEAR ON THE WING - Nell White
An extraordinary journey with over two million wading birds as they attempt their annual migration from the Southern Pacific to Siberia and back.