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Yesterday at the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason announced that Art Bites, a joint initiative between ABC TV and Screen Australia, will return for a second year.

Art Bites is a rare opportunity for four emerging Australian filmmaking teams to create 6 x 5-minute documentary web series about an art subject of their choosing to premiere on the ABC Arts channel on iview.

This initiative is designed to unearth up-and-coming creatives with an original and compelling idea for a documentary series that will contribute to the national cultural conversation around art, and in turn secure a broadcasting credit to further their career.

A total of $240,000 in grants will be available to fund four projects, with ABC TV and Screen Australia committing $120,000 each. Each team will also be supported by a Screen Australia Investment Manager and an ABC digital Arts Commissioning Editor.

Screenwest and each of the national state and territory screen agencies have committed to an additional $30,000 to the final projects from their jurisdictions.

In 2016, two of the four teams selected were from Western Australia (WA).   HOME: The Art of Ian Strange is available for viewing now, and Shock Art from Wednesday, 15 March.  To date the two series in the current Art Bites programming, Home: The Art of Ian Strange and The Glass Bedroom (NSW) have received over 45,000 plays on iview.

“Last year we were so impressed by the exceptional ideas pitched to us and the resulting series have proven there is an appetite for this type of shareable, snack-sized documentary arts content” said Liz Stevens, Senior Manager of Documentary at Screen Australia.

“The Art Bites initiative has given us the opportunity to uncover some fantastic filmmakers and provide access to ABC iview to present work made for, about and by young people at the cutting-edge of arts and technology” said Mandy Chang, Head of ABC Arts.

Early career filmmakers are highly encouraged to apply for this initiative which closes Friday, 7 April 2017.

For more info and details on how to apply, click here.