Documentary Financing – 12th March, 2015.



The last year has seen a series of major changes in

documentary landscape. New heads of commissioning

have been appointed by ABC and SBS, plus Screen

Australia has published a new set of documentary guidelines

 taking into account industry submissions to Screen Australia’s

review of documentary funding initiated in February 2014. 

These guidelines are currently being applied for the first time.  

This session will be an opportunity for filmmakers to find

out the public broadcasters current commissioning policies

and raise relevant issues e.g. the balance of one offs versus

factual series, editorial control etc.  In the case of

Screen Australia, questions arise how the new Producer

Fund proposes to achieve a balance between Signature

docs, ones with international finance and others with

domestic market-place attachments –  from television,

festivals, theatrical or digital.  Screen NSW will also outline

its latest policy guidelines and what criteria it applies especially

to production financing of documentary.



Steve Bibb – Head of Factual, ABC

John Godfrey – Head of Documentaries, SBS

Liz Stevens –  Senior Manager Documentary,

Screen Australia

Dylan Blowen – Development & Production Executive,

Screen NSW

Session Chair: Ruth Hessey was a journalist in print radio and television

for over 20 years working for all the major outlets,

primarily SMH and the ABC.

After transitioning into environment advocacy she started making films.

Her award winning documentary Waste Not has now been translated into

4 languages and screened in over 30 countries.

She is currently working on two new projects.


WHERE: AFTRS Theatre, Entertainment Quarter,

130 Bent St, Moore Park NSW

WHEN: Thursday 12th March 2015

TIME: 6:00pm for 6:30pm session.

RSVP not required, but be early to ensure your seat.

Please invite your friends and colleagues too!

This event is open to the public.

Parking fees discounted after 6pm, or with validated

ticket from AFTRS.

ENTRY: $7 (suggested donation)