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LGBTIQ filmmakers sharing $180,000 funding for Mardi Gras 40th Anniversary

Create NSW and SBS have announced the six emerging filmmaking teams chosen to create shorts that will air as part of the broadcaster’s coverage of the 40th anniversary celebration of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival in 2018.

The recipients of this year’s LGBTIQ-focused Create NSW Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund celebrate LGBTIQ diversity through a wide scope of themes including LGBTIQ acceptance in multi-cultural communities, small-town bigotry and a Muslim probationary policewoman amongst others.

The successful projects are Concern for Welfare (director Fadia Abboud), Black Lips (director Adrian Chiarella), Cherry Season (director Joshua Longhurst), the bilingual Tomgirl (director Vonne Patiag), Joy Boy (director Stef Smith) and Disco Dykes (director Sara West).

Each filmmaking team will receive $30,000 through a $15,000 production finance grant from Create NSW and a $15,000 licence fee from SBS. The shorts (each up to 15 mins long) will be filmed and post-produced in NSW and be delivered by the end of January for programming through SBS.

As part of the initiative, Create NSW has signed drama, factual, entertainment and comedy production company CJZ (makers of Gruen, House of Bond, House of Hancock and Go Back to Where You Came From) as Executive Producers of all the shorts.

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