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ABC and Screen Australia unite on DisRupted

 ABC Children’s and Screen Australia have partnered on a new funding program to showcase and amplify the work of Australian creatives and content makers with disability. DisRupted will fund three to four individuals or teams to make a standalone film that reflects and captures what it’s like to be a young person with disability and provide them with the opportunity to disrupt and reframe how disability is understood.

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The successful applicants will be given up to $100,000 each to create a film of approximately 20 minutes’ duration. They may be mentored and partnered by experienced producers also receive editorial guidance.

ABC acting head of Children’s, Libbie Doherty said ABC Children’s is excited to be working with emerging creatives and filmmakers with disability.

“People with disability have been underrepresented in media landscapes, and these important films will showcase a breadth of personal experiences and perspectives that will entertain kids, challenge their understanding and expand their minds,” she said.

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Screen Australia head of development, Nerida Moore said ABC ME is doing phenomenal work providing young Australians with access to characters and stories that help them understand the range of people around them and their different life experiences.

“The partnership between ABC ME and Screen Australia on the GIRLS initiative last year launched some great female talent, whilst giving viewers a truly authentic, Australian perspective on their lives. We are excited by what can be achieved with the DisRupted initiative,” she said.

DisRupted will premiere on ABC ME, the ABC ME app and ABC iview in December 2019 as part of the International Day of People with Disability.

The project is open to creators with disability aged 18 years and older. Applications close on December 12, 2018.

For more details visit: www.abc.net.au/disrupted