Adelaide Film Festival Hive Fund #4 – Applications Now Open!



Adelaide Film Festival, Screen Australia and ABC Arts are proud to open HIVE FUND #4.

The HIVE FUND is an extraordinary funding initiative, designed to support and commission original, ambitious and bold screen projects. Supporting works for theatrical and broadcast release, HIVE FUND includes one-off, stand-alone films of half hour, one hour, and feature length in a wide range of forms, including documentary, hybrid and drama projects.

The HIVE FUND plays an important role in discovering and fostering new screen talent from art disciplines outside of the traditional filmmaking arena. Past recipients of the HIVE FUND have gone on to both national and international success.

In 2017, Adelaide Film Festival, ABC Arts and Screen Australia are commissioning another round of distinctive new work for premiere at AFF 2018 and broadcast on ABC TV.  The renewed and ongoing support of partners ABC Arts and Screen Australia ensures that HIVE FUND continues supporting collaboration across multi-disciplinary screen projects.

Artistic Director/CEO of the ADL Film Fest, Amanda Duthie said “The HVE LAB and the HIVE FUND have been transformative, not just to the artists turned directors, but to all of the filmmakers and key creatives engaged in the process.  Now, after delivering three very successful HIVE FUND slates, we can see the shift in the creative processes, the business models and the ongoing collaboration between these artforms.

Screen Australia’s Head of Production Sally Caplan said “Year-on-year the calibre of films that have come through the HIVE FUND is hugely impressive. We are proud to continue this partnership with the Adelaide Film Festival and ABC Arts, providing Australian artists from various disciplines the opportunity to collaborate with leading creatives from the arts and screen industries.”

ABC Acting Head of Arts, Linda Brusasco said “Seeing the extraordinary success and international acclaim enjoyed by so many of the HIVE films over the last three slates, is proof of just how valuable this initiative is. ABC Arts is proud to be involved in giving artists the ongoing opportunity to make bold and innovative film work and to bring the results to a wider TV audience.”

Instigated in 2011 by the Adelaide Film Festival, the HIVE FUND has commissioned three rounds of funding to date.

HIVE FUND #1 saw the creation of the life-affirming documentary TENDER from Emmy Award-winning artist/filmmaker Lynette Wallworth, I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES from filmmaker Matthew Bate and dance director Gideon Obazarnek and THE BOY CASTAWAYS from theatre director Michael Kantor.

Two feature films were commissioned from HIVE FUND #2, SPEAR from Bangarra Dance Theatre Artistic Director Stephen Page and GIRL ASLEEP, from Windmill Theatre Company Artistic Director Rosemary Myers.

Adelaide Film Festival 2017 saw the World Premiere of GUILTY, ODDLANDS and REMEMBERING AGATHA, the three commissioned projects from HIVE FUND #3.

GUILTY focuses on the last days of artist and executed Bali Nine prisoner Myuran Sukumaran and was directed by visual artist Matthew Sleeth; REMEMBERING AGATHA is a hybrid live-action whimsical drama overlaid with animation directed by artist, writer and director Emma Magenta and ODDLANDS, a co-production between Back to Back Theatre Creative Director Bruce Gladwin and Matchbox Pictures. It tells the humorous story of a team of people with intellectual disabilities who travel into a restricted zone to clean up a strange toxic wasteland.

Over three jam-packed days, the 2017 Adelaide Film Festival played host to HIVE LAB #4. HIVE LAB is a unique creative screen workshops program, bringing together many of Australia’s leading artists from across film, theatre, performing arts, visual arts, music, literature and dance to explore film as a creative outlet. Established by the ADL Film Fest, in partnership with ABC TV Arts, Screen Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts and the South Australian Film Corporation, HIVE LAB provides artists and filmmakers the opportunity to gain insights, advice and pathways to purse and foster innovative cross-collaborations.

HIVE LAB #4 was led by renowned theatre director, Chris Drummond of Brink Productions and acclaimed screen producer, director and writer, Samantha Lang. Together they were joined by a celebrated collection of successful screen and arts practitioners, assisting as mentors. Director Rolf de Heer, SA Film Corporation CEO Annabelle Sheehan, Samoan/New Zealand director Tusi Tamasese, Adelaide Festival Artistic Director and award-winning theatre and film director Neil Armfield, Acting Head of ABC TV Arts Linda Brusasco, producer Bridget Ikin, comedian and documentary filmmaker Judith Lucy and Screen Australia’s Senior Development Executive Nerida Moore, all provided valuable mentoring to artists during HIVE LAB #4.

HIVE LAB #4 participants were Zanny Begg, Richard Bell, Kate Blackmore, Erin Fowler, Andrée Greenwell, John Harvey, Sue Healey, Audrey Lam, Eugenia Lim, Steve Mayhew, Steven Oliver and Matt Vesely.

HIVE FUND #4 details and application process, please visit

DEADLINE for applications is 29 January, 2018