Deadline approaching for Every Voice initiative

Posted Tuesday 28 Jun 2022

Yes folks, the deadline is fast approaching - applications close at 7pm NZT Thursday, 21 July 2022.

Aiming to create original New Zealand and Australian content that resonates with global online audiences, Every Voice is an initiative for TikTok creators or creators who want to expand to work on TikTok. 

Creators can apply for Every Voice here. 

Screen Australia’s Head of Online, Lee Naimo said, “In the last 12 months since the Every Voice initiative was launched, TikTok has become the destination for a whole new generation of short-form content creators looking for new ways to tell their authentic stories.

New Zealand and Australian applicants will be eligible to apply for approximately NZD $83,000 / AUD $75,000 per project, with up to 10 successful projects set to receive funding.

Projects must comprise of episodic content designed to be told in 6 to 15 episodes of no more than one minute each, aimed at audiences aged between 16 and 35. Projects can be of any genre of Scripted or Factual content.

Successful teams must also be available to attend an in-person workshop in Sydney from 5th – 7th December, 2022. Travel and accommodation costs associated with this workshop will be covered.

To participate in the initiative this year, applicants must first submit a short one minute pitch video and post the video on their public TikTok account, between 27 June and 21 July, including the hashtag #everyvoice, as well as providing their contact details via an online entry form. Full eligibility and assessment criteria for New Zealand applicants is available in the guidelines here.

Teams must consist of between two to five members, with the roles of writer, director and producer filled across these team members. Applicants’ projects with genuine collaborations between a TikTok content creator(s) and established producers, production companies and/or entertainment properties are encouraged and may strengthen an application. Collaborations between New Zealand and Australian creators are also encouraged.

Full eligibility and assessment criteria for applicants is available in the guidelines here.

The first New Zealand series to be released through the Every Voice initiative is Te Pae Tata, which premiered June 27 on TikTok. 

The three remaining New Zealand projects - Long x Xia, n00b, and The Tongan Rogue General and the 13 Chambers of South Auckland – are all currently in production and will be released later this year. 

The first Australian series to be released through the Every Voice initiative was Sextistics. Currently releasing on TikTok, the series has already more than 3 million views.

TransAthletica then launched on TikTok on June 10. The TikTok account for the series has more than 10,000 followers and more than 1 million views to date.

Coach Dayum, the third Australian project funded through Every Voice, recently completed filming and will launch later in 2022.