Applications close on 2 June

The QUEER/Vision project is for an Australian LGBTQIA+ audiovisual creative to produce an innovative work from the NFSA’s digital collection that will be showcased during Sydney WorldPride 2023.


The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from Australian LGBTQIA+ audiovisual creative(s) to produce a new original work using the NFSA’s vast digitised collection that responds to the Sydney WorldPride 2023 theme ‘Gather, Dream, Amplify'.

This is an opportunity to work closely with NFSA curatorial and technical experts, using our digital collection to create an audiovisual product that offers an authentic and contemporary vision of Australia. Artists should consider a variety of presentation forms for their proposed work, including single or multi-channel, outdoor or immersive projection, and also including online components.

We encourage applications from LGBTQIA+ audiovisual creative(s) who may also be First Nations people, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, living with disability, gender diverse, youth or seniors, and whose work responds to these intersections.

Applications for the $20,000 commission are invited until midnight on 2 June.

Travel, including per diems, will be funded in addition to the Commission.

For more information, email queer_vision [at], and read the Frequently Asked Questions below.

Download QUEER/Vision expression of interest

Download QUEER/Vision application form

This project proudly supported by Sydney WorldPride and CreateNSW.


The QUEER/Vision project is supported by the NFSA and Sydney WorldPride 2023. The project will feature as part of the Sydney WorldPride 2023 festival – the first WorldPride held in the Southern hemisphere. 'Gather, Dream, Amplify’ is the umbrella theme for the upcoming festival.

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

The work will premiere during Sydney WorldPride 2023 (February-March 2023), with an additional presentation in Canberra at the NFSA. The finished work will then be brought into the NFSA collection and made available to the public.

The NFSA Chief Curator, Gayle Lake says, '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.'


Can I use any digital material in the NFSA collection?

Some material in the collection will be subject to community or cultural sensitivities, and most material is subject to rights clearances. You will need to follow best practice protocols and procedures for collection material, but the NFSA curators and rights and licensing team will be able to assist and guide you with this.

What happens if I can’t travel because of State Government health guidelines or restrictions?

We will always follow the health advice of the day. There will be no obligation to travel if the government advice is not in support of travel or if it puts the traveller at risk.

Can I include purpose-shot or recorded content?

Yes, however the NFSA is not able to supply equipment, personnel, or budget to support purpose-recorded material. The completion date for the work is final.

What if I want to include some of my personal home movies or other content?

Material may be considered for inclusion in the NFSA collection and, if selected and digital, it could then become part of the work. This process will take time so needs to be considered early in the project and we will negotiate it on a case-by-case basis.

Can I collaborate with other creatives?

We are open to discussing this, bearing in mind that a maximum of $20,000 is available in the grant offering.

What will happen to my finished work – can I enter it into festivals and other events?

The NFSA, as producer, will work with you for the first 12 months after the Sydney WorldPride 2023 screening to maximise screening of the completed work at festivals or on other platforms. The Intellectual Property will remain with you; however, the work will be licensed to the NFSA under our Deed of Gift arrangement.

How much NFSA collection material should be included in the application and in the final work?

You won’t need to identify all material at the application stage, but you should be able to offer some evidence of researching the collection to show that there is material that has inspired, or can be used for, your project. A curatorial team will support the successful applicant in researching the collection to locate content for the final work.