NITV Spirit Initiative
The NITV Spirit initiative - it used to be called the 'NITV Spirit Award' - has evolved into a practical work placement with NITV. It is offered for an emerging Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person that is working within the film and television industry from remote or regional areas in Australia. The selected candidate will travel to Sydney for a 3-week practical placement with NITV within the SBS building in Sydney and be mentored by NITV staff in different areas of TV broadcasting. They will also be supported to: 1. Produce an Our Stories (1 x 15 minute) documentary in language (to the value of $12,000) 
 2. Produce a news story from your local community 
 3. Attend the Australian International Documentary Conference, Melbourne, in February 2017.
Viviana Petyarre (CAAMA)
Alywarre woman, Viviana Petyarre from the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA), won the 2016 NITV Spirit Initiative with her pitch to create a short film based on her travels from Alice Springs to Utopia. In the film Viviana will visit her three Grandmothers and learn about her ancestors and country. The urgency of the journey for Viviana's family is that her Grandmother's country has been flagged for mining. Utopia is an ancient place that holds a cave system with rock paintings and other sacred sites that hold her family history.