Funding body to give $179,000 grants

SYDNEY — Screen Australia topper Ruth Harley announced at the Australian International Documentary Conference on Friday that the org will offer $A200,000 grants for docu makers.

“We believe that the grant model can provide significant benefits to the documentary community as well as improved efficiency and minimal loss of revenue for Screen Australia,” Harley said during her address in Adelaide.

Previously Screen Australia offered docus coin as recoupable investment, but changing the scheme to grants should streamline the process for both the org and for docu applicants.

Harley also pointed to the org’s recent report “Documentary Production in Australia,” which found that documentary production peaked in 2007/08 when a total of 509 hours were produced. Docu production for the last three years has also been well above the annual average of 331 hours.

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