Featured photo- Lexi Laphor in ‘The Glass Bedroom’, an Arts Bite Project.

Ready for Mardi Gras 2018? It will be the 40th anniversary and the creative juices of Australian LGBTQI documentary filmmakers must be bubbling like champagne as Screen Australia and ABC TV Arts announce LOVE BITES.

In recognition of the milestone, Screen Australia and ABC TV Arts have teamed up to provide an national platform for Australian 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. Under the banner LOVE BITES applications are now being received and will close Sunday August 6th.

The initiative is backed by funding and practical support. ABC TV and Screen Australia will commit a total of $100,000 to this initiative, offering 10 filmmakers $10,000 each to make the short film for delivery in January 2018. Each team will be supported by a Screen Australia Investment Manager and an ABC Digital Arts Commissioning Editor.

“Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras are delighted about the announcement of Love Bites, an initiative that will see 10 new LGBTQI short documentary films supported across Australia in celebration of the extraordinary 40 years of Mardi Gras,” said Terese Casu, CEO of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. “We can’t wait to see what these diverse filmmakers will produce in support of the LGBTQI community in our big 40th year.”

Applicant teams must consist of at least a director and a producer, one of whom identifies as part of the LGBTQI community and one of whom has at least one screen credit in their respective roles on a project that has already been publicly released. And the proposals will be assessed against the ABC TV Arts vision statement Where Life and Culture Collide.

The style, content, interpretation of documentary are all open. “ABC Arts on iview seeks to reflect the great diversity of stories and storytellers that exist across the country,” said Mandy Chang, Head of ABC TV Arts.

So don’t keep that creativity bottled up. Pop your cork and check out the details :-