Call for LGBTQIA+ creatives to apply for National Film and Sound Archive project 





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Sydney WorldPride and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) are on the hunt for Australia’s best LGBTQIA+ creatives to produce a unique work using digital items from the national collection, as part of the Sydney WorldPride 2023 festival.  

Expressions of interest are now open for QUEER/Vision, a project developed as part of Sydney WorldPride 2023, the largest Pride festival in the Southern Hemisphere.  

The selected work will premier during Sydney World Pride Festival 2023, followed by an additional presentation in Canberra at the NFSA. The finished work will then be included in the NFSA collection and made available to the public.  

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The selected work will premier during Sydney World Pride Festival 2023, followed by an additional presentation in Canberra at the NFSA. The finished work will then be included in the NFSA collection and made available to the public.  

Sydney WorldPride Festival Creative Director, Dan Clarke, said: “There have been some really significant moments of representation of LGBTQIA+ lives on our screens in Australia, from Head On to Wentworth. We are delighted to be working with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia to showcase our community’s vibrant creativity at the biggest Pride event in Australia’s history in 2023.”    

The NFSA’s CEO, Patrick McIntyre says, “This commission offers a unique opportunity to showcase the NFSA’s rich collections, and amplify LGBTIQIA+ histories and voices, which have been historically marginalised by Australian cultural institutions.” 

The NFSA Chief Curator, Gayle Lake, said: “We’re excited to be working with WorldPride on this, our second digital commission, which pitches the creativity of the successful practitioner with the diversity and richness of the NFSA collection. We’re looking forward to an exciting process and outcome, one that presents a creative reinterpretation of the national audiovisual collection.” 

The NFSA holds the preeminent collection of Australian film, including a wealth LGBTIQIA+ features and documentaries focussed on LGBTIQIA+ lives. Australian TV was an international pioneer in the representation of gay, lesbian and trans characters in TV drama during the 1970s, with series like Number 96 and The Box.  

The NFSA also holds collections of news and current affairs programs from metropolitan and regional television stations, including footage of gay liberation protests, gay pride rallies and HIV/AIDS issues. Highlights of the collection can be found at nfsa.gov.au. 

Expressions of interest close at midnight on 2 June 2022. Apply by visiting: https://www.nfsa.gov.au/queervision-expression-interest

The QUEER/Vision project is supported by the NFSA, Sydney WorldPride 2023 and Create NSW. 

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Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.