PUBLISHED13 Nov 2023

SheDoc 2024 Media Release



– Grants program offers new round of funding for Queensland female-identifying documentary filmmakers –

Documentary Australia in partnership with Screen Queensland today announced applications are now open for SheDoc, a grants program aimed at giving women and girls a stronger and more equal voice in documentary storytelling. 

The grants will be offered to up to six Queensland-based female documentary filmmakers to support travel, research, and development of their projects, with funding from $10,000 to $30,000 available per recipient.

In addition to support from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland, the grants are made possible by generous funding from the estate of James Simpson Love, with the additional support of the Nelson Meers Foundation.

“We want to hear more stories to be told by women about women, while at the same time strengthening and elevating the careers of talented female filmmakers,” said Documentary Australia CEO, Dr Mitzi Goldman. 

“Women’s perspectives and treatment of issues through documentary need to be given space to ensure that female voices are heard in mainstream media,” said Goldman. “The program nurtures and elevates the careers of filmmakers and their projects’ outcomes.”

The SheDoc 2024 grants are open to Queensland-resident documentary makers at any stage of their career, who are working or pursuing careers in key creative roles including editing, sound and cinematography. Practitioners can apply for funding to pursue a range of professional development opportunities, including but not limited to course tuition, mentoring, conference registration, consultant fees, research, travel and accommodation. 

Screen Queensland CEO Jacqui Feeney said the broad nature of the SheDoc 2024 initiative offers uniquely tailored support for documentary screen practitioners of all levels and disciplines and will underpin critical stories yet to be told.

“Queensland-based, female key creatives are behind some of the country’s most important documentaries to have recently screened to Australian and international audiences, including WildBear Entertainment’s Ford Vs Holden and The Black Hand, Inkey Media’s Rebel with a Cause, Blackfella Films’ First Weapons and Flick Chicks’ Bowled Over: A Dragumentary,” said Feeney. 

“This valuable partnership with Documentary Australia will open doors exclusively to Queensland practitioners for the first time since the program’s inception, boosting the career trajectory and national profile of our state’s talented, female factual filmmakers.”

Formed in 2016, the SheDoc Fellowship was established by Documentary Australia to address the significant underrepresentation of women in key creative roles in media and documentary filmmaking. The program fits within Documentary Australia’s seven key focus areas: Environment, Youth & Education, Indigenous, Human Rights & Social Justice, Health & Wellbeing, Women & Girls, and The Arts.

Now in its third round of funding, SheDoc 2024 provides a voice for women to speak to their own lived experience and also to accelerate change for the benefit of women and girls through documentary storytelling. Applications are encouraged from women from under-represented backgrounds, including those identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTQIA+, culturally and linguistically diverse, living with disability and based in regional and remote areas.

The goal of SheDoc 2024 is to develop and foster women’s voices exploring varied and nuanced perspectives on issues that affect the lives of women, and to support creative and leadership aspirations amongst female-identifying documentary filmmakers. 

Since launch, SheDoc has boosted the careers and projects of a number of talented documentary makers, including director Vera Hong, filmmaker Gemma Quilty, producer Charlotte Mars, Philippa Batemen, Justine Moyle and Georgia Quinn. This was achieved by providing financial support for their professional development, helping them to work with experienced mentors, move between key creative roles, travel, develop new ideas, and to experience attachments within international production companies. Read more about their achievements here.

Previous recipient and award-winning producer, Philippa Bateman, said the initiative had provided her with unparalleled support: “SheDoc was professionally life-changing,” she said. “It gave me the confidence to do things outside how I was defined in the industry.”

Applications for SheDoc 2024 close on Friday 15 December, 2023. 

For guidelines and applications, visit


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About Documentary Australia: Since 2008, Documentary Australia has been Australia’s only not-for-profit organisation fostering social impact through storytelling. By offering tax deductibility to donors to support filmmakers, Documentary Australia enables documentaries to be made, viewed, and make a positive social impact. To date, Documentary Australia has facilitated over $35 million in philanthropic funding.

About Screen Queensland: Screen Queensland is the state government-owned agency investing in locally made films, series and games, and attracting international and interstate production and post-production. The agency runs career-building initiatives for practitioners around the state and supports film festivals and industry events such as Screen Forever, Asia Pacific Screen Awards and from 2024, the AACTA Awards.  

Recently supported documentary productions include Ford Vs Holden, Rebel with a Cause, The Swap, First Weapons, Reefshot, Dawn of the Dolphins, The Black Hand, You Can Go Now, Gem Hunters Down Under, Strait to the Plate, Muster Dogs, Beyond the Reef, Incarceration Nation, Puff: Wonders of the Reef and Bowled Over: A Dragumentary.

Screen Queensland also operates Screen Queensland Studios, Brisbane, with a Cairns facility set to open in early 2024.