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Twenty Years: Twenty Stories Film Grants Now Open!

BY ART NEWS PORTAL | 24-Aug-2012
There are currently over 4 million Australians with disability. In 1993 the Disability Discrimination Act, (DDA) which aims to promote equal opportunity and access for people with disability, made disability discrimination unlawful.
Web: www.sydneycommunityfoundation.org.au
Call: (02) 9251 1228

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), Disability Discrimination Commissioner and Sydney Community Foundation (SCF) are working collaboratively on the Twenty Years: Twenty Stories project to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the DDA.

Through short films, the project will tell twenty inspiring stories of people who have used the Act to improve the lives of people with disability around Australia. Reaching out into the community via social media and disability advocacy groups, Twenty Years: Twenty Stories will herald the progress of disability rights in Australia and encourage greater participation in disability issues. The films are expected to be launched in March 2013.

The goals of the project are to:

  • Celebrate what has been achieved for Australians with disability as a result of the DDA;
  • Recognise the lessons learned over this time, and the areas where achievements have been less profound;
  • Advocate Use the momentum gained by this event, and the increasing focus on disability issues in the broader community, to increase activism and advocacy on disability issues.

Stories from the community sector

We are inviting community organisations working with people with disability to join us in this ground-breaking project and tell the often heroic stories of people who have used the Act to promote equal opportunity and challenge discrimination.

We are seeking Expressions of Interests from community organisations working with people with disability to apply for a film making grant to share an inspiring story for the Twenty Years: Twenty Stories Project.

Short Film Grant criteria

We are looking for stories that:

  • Recognise and celebrate what can be achieved through the Act, and inspire on-going activism and advocacy
  • Can be turned into short films (permission granted by the film subject and the story works in a short documentary film format, 3-5 minutes)
  • Portray the social and legal challenges the subject faced in the quest for equality and a resolution
  • Emphasize the impact the DDA has had on the subject of the story, and the wider community

We are looking for community organisations that:

  • Work with people with disability and understand the importance of the DDA*
  • Have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) and Tax Concession Charity (TCC) endorsement from the Australian Tax Office (ATO). We also accept applications for organisations that are auspiced by another organisation. If you are unsure, please call us to discuss.
  • Organisations with a track record in video production and with access to appropriate equipment, OR are willing to partner with us and access assistance from Twenty Years: Twenty Stories film maker.

*Priority funding will be given to community organisations from the disability sector.

How to apply

If your organisation or an individual connected to your organisation has a great story that deserves to be told, complete the Expression of Interest form or call us to discuss your story idea. The application for the grant is a simple two staged process:

1. Submission of the 2 page Expression of Interest Form

2. Shortlisted grant applications will then be invited to submit a Film Proposal, including a story board, details of production, timeframes and budget.

Grants will then be made to 10 finalist community organisations across Australia to make the films (the other 10 will be made by a professional film maker).

We welcome your call to discuss your grant idea before completing this Expression of Interest form on (02) 9251 1228.

Applications are now open now until 14 September 2012. Applications may be considered after this date (please contact us first). All films will need to be completed by late November/early December.