Watch the four completed films here

Applications are now closed. For a list of the 2015 successful applicants click here.

Metro Screen is calling out to innovative screen content creators who think they can produce extraordinary short films, which challenge the attitudes and common misconceptions around Disability. You might film a powerful spoken word, punchy performance piece, hidden camera story or document a sporting event. The possibilities are endless. High concept ideas that embrace the short duration form and inspire sharing on social media are encouraged – so get creative.

#ScreenAbility Guidelines

Four writer/director/producer teams will receive funding to produce two-three minute films on the topic of Disability.

We’re looking for short, sharp, fresh treatments in any genre that challenge community attitudes about Disability without trivialising the subject matter. Personal, informed experiences of Disability by one or more members of the production team would be advantageous.

Teams must apply online and include their showreel and treatment or fully realised script.



The #ScreenAbility agreement will be exclusively between the writer/producer/director team and Metro Screen. Teams can comprise a producer and writer/director, or a director and writer/producer. Also eligible is a producer/writer/director team where the producer has been assigned all rights to the script. Producer/directors are not eligible. It is mandatory that a producer is attached at application stage.

Successful Applicants Will Receive:

• Script or concept advice and development support
• A $2,500 cash budget
• Access to up to $5,000 worth of broadcast quality equipment and post-production resources in kind

Broadcast Outcome

The main broadcast objective is to screen the final films to a mainstream audience. Although yet to be confirmed, our ambition is to see the films broadcast as interstitial content on free-to-air television as part of the lead-up to National Disability Day on 3 December 2015. Metro Screen currently has a relationship with ABC2 through our Raw Nerve program. We will also investigate the possibility of having the films included on ABC iView and the ABC Open website. Other possible broadcasters include SBS, NITV, Television Sydney and Aurora.

Online Outlets

Given the content will be provided to the broadcaster free-of-charge, we aim to negotiate a non-exclusive arrangement so the works can reach a wider audience on National Disability Day. Metro Screen will load the works onto YouTube and distribute widely for viewing.


27 March:                   Applications close
Mid April:                   Notify successful candidates
May:                            First meeting and orientation
June:                            Project development/ pre-production
July:                             Production
August/ Sept:            Post-production
October:                     Delivery of content
Early December:       Broadcast, National Disability Day (3 Dec) TBC

Successful Applicant Responsibilities

Successful applicants MUST produce a finished film of up to 3 minutes by the deliverables date.


Applications will be assessed by Metro Screen’s Projects Manager David Opitz and a panel of industry representatives.

For more information call David Opitz during business hours on (02) 9356 1818.


#ScreenAbility is supported by the NSW Government through the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and Screen NSW.