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Four more projects from emerging director/producer teams have been selected to receive funding and distribution under the ABC Arts and Screen Australia Art Bites initiative.

Unboxed Sam Matthews photo credit Stephen De VilliersEach team will receive direct investment of A$60,000 from the two organisations to make a 6x5’ documentary web series for ABC Arts’ online channel iview. The results will be streamed in 2018.

The projects include Carla and Lisa’s Countdown of Australian Art, directed by Ludwig El Haddad who is an art educator at AGNSW, and produced by Barry Gamba; and Lessons from a Middle Class Artist, directed by Anthony Frith, produced by Rebecca Elliott and executive produced by Rebecca Summerton. Mirror Mirror, directed by Brodie Poole and produced by Kate Paul, and Unboxed (pictured), directed by Sam Matthews and produced by Kirsty Stark and Rebecca Elliott, make up the titles.

“The Art Bites initiative was a great success for the ABC Arts Channel on iview, attracting very positive feedback across the four series,” said Mandy Chang, ‎head of Arts at ABC TV.

“In response to this, we’ll broadcast a compilation of some series on the main channel in July/August. Apart from unearthing talented new directors and producers, the initiative created a unique opportunity to tell stories that resonate with younger audiences on a digital platform. This year we hope to match the success of series one with a new slate of filmmakers with diverse and innovative approaches and subjects.”

Liz Stevens, senior manager of documentary at Screen Australia, added: “Art Bites is a proven launch pad for emerging filmmakers. Last year’s recipients included Shock Art producer Alice Ross whose new project Mirrabooka has just been commissioned by a broadcaster, and The Wanderers’ producer Drew Macdonald who was included in SPA’s 2017 Ones to Watch list. We are particularly pleased about the regional diversity of this year’s teams and welcome our state agency funding partners who have come on board for this initiative for the first time.”

The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and Screen Queensland are providing additional funding for the Art Bites documentaries originating in their geographical areas.