The August 6th deadline approaches for entry into LOVE BITES, a Screen Australia and ABC TV Arts competition for LGBTQI filmmakers. A curated series of 10 x 5 minute shorts to be premiered on the ABC Arts channel on iview during Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in March 2018 the initiative was born of ART BITES, a similar completion.

The winners of ART BITES, now in its second year, have just been announced. These four teams will receive direct investment of $60,000 from the ABC and Screen Australia to make a 6 x 5 minute documentary web series to premiere on the ABC Arts channel on iview in 2018.

Carla and Lisa’s COUNTDOWN OF AUSTRALIAN ART (NSW) about Auburn-based twins and visual artists Carla and Lisa – highly knowledgeable fans obsessed with Australian art – who gain unprecedented access to the archives of the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) and share a lifetime of treasured anecdotes. Directed by Ludwig El Haddad who is an art educator at AGNSW, and produced by Barry Gamba.

LESSONS FROM A MIDDLE CLASS ARTIST (SA), which will follow struggling musician Anthony Frith as he travels to the US and meets with successful novelty song composer Matt Farley to learn how to make a living from his art. Directed by Frith (The Worst Alien in the World), produced by Rebecca Elliott (Michelle’s Story, The Worst Alien in the World) and executive produced by Rebecca Summerton. The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) will provide an additional $30,000 for this project.

MIRROR MIRROR (QLD) where six prominent Australian artists will be enlisted to create an honest and intimate self-portrait that explores their sense of identity. Directed by Brodie Poole whose short film Flight of the Buffalo was selected for Sydney Film Festival in 2015, and produced by Kate Paul who was recently selected by Screen Producers Australia (SPA) for their 2017 Ones to Watch program. Screen Queensland will provide an additional $30,000 for this project.

UNBOXED (SA) which will follow filmmaker and Trans Rights Advocate Sam Matthews as she meets with other trans and gender diverse artists from around the country to explore the prominent role artistic expression has played in their lives. Directed by Matthews, produced by Kirsty Stark (Wastelander Panda) and Rebecca Elliott. SAFC will provide an additional $30,000 for this project.

“Art Bites is a proven launch pad for emerging filmmakers,” said Liz Stevens, Senior Manager of Documentary at Screen Australia. “Last year’s recipients included Shock Art producer Alice Ross whose new project Mirrabooka has just been commissioned by a broadcaster, and The Wanderers’ producer Drew Macdonald who was included in SPA’s 2017 Ones to Watch list.”

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