This morning Create NSW, ABC iview and the Western Sydney based creative hub Information & Cultural Exchange announced they are looking for three teams of filmmakers to create a series of comedy shorts, and they’ve got $225,000 to share with them.

They’re after three teams from NSW with one key creative from Western Sydney to create series of comedy shorts focused on showcasing talent from the state. The chosen projects need to span four to six five-minute episodes each, deliverable by the end of December 2018.

Each team of filmmakers will receive up to $75,000 in funding for the projects. They will also be given access to the professional development services from Create NSW and I.C.E., as well as an ABC Commissioning Editor to guide the projects. On top of all that, the final series of shorts will premiere on ABC iView.

On the project, Create NSW Director for Sector Investment Sophia Zachariou said, “This is a great opportunity to up-skill Western Sydney creatives with production experience and create new industry relationships.

“NSW is home to an excellent pool of screen talent and we’re committed to building this capacity further, this time with a focus on increasing the opportunities and exposure for Western Sydney screen practitioners and on expanding the diversity of the people and projects we fund.”

ABC’s head of comedy Rick Kalowski added “The ABC prides itself on reflecting Australian diversity through innovative storytelling, and this I.C.E. initiative is an exciting means to uncover more of these stories for Australian audiences.”

Keen to apply?

Applications are now open and don’t close until Midnight Sunday June 17.

If this sounds like you, details of a briefing and Q&A session for interested filmmakers and creatives to be held at I.C.E. will be announced via Create NSW shortly.

You can find all the info here.