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Grants From Screen Australia

International Marketing Support

Screen Australia

Grants to support the promotion of completed films premiering at major international festivals; support for projects in advanced development being introduced at international markets.

There are various funding sub-categories and closing dates – check the website for details. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Indigenous Programs

Screen Australia

Indigenous filmmakers may apply to any Screen Australia program in addition to the funding programs of the Indigenous Department.

Applicants can apply for funding to cover documentary programs, drama programs, internships and travel grants.  Check to website for each categories closing dates. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Indigenous, Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Story Development

Screen Australia

Applications for Story Development funding can be made at any time for:

• up to $50,000 for feature drama films

• up to $20,000 for online and interactive drama including series and one-off.

• up to $40,000 for high-end television drama Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Drama Production

Screen Australia

Investment in high-quality fiction storytellling, including production investment for features, general and children’s TV drama, and innovative multiplatform drama.

There are various categories and closing dates – check the website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Organisations

Documentaries

Screen Australia

Screen Australia’s direct funding for documentary aims to support quality, cultural value, innovation and diversity.

Three programs supporting documentary production are offered:

  • Producer Program
  • Broadcast Program
  • Development Support
  • Producer Equity Program

check the website for each programs closing dates. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Talent Development

Screen Australia

Professional development opportunities for Australian filmmakers, focused on building skills and careers in drama production.

Funding categories include:

  • Creative Talent Suite
  • Hot Shots: short film funding
  • Events

Each category has its own closing date- check the website for more info. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Indigenous Producer Internship Program

Screen Australia

Targeted industry placements to advance the skills of early-career creative Indigenous producers.

The Indigenous Producer Internship Program will provide the opportunity for  participants to undertake creative producer internships with successful production companies on a full-time basis over a one-year period, or a part time basis over a two-year period, being mentored by an experienced Australian producer.

The program aims to grow the number of Indigenous Producers currently working in the Screen Industry, ensure sustainable ongoing employment, and increase screen credits for early career producers.

The applications will need to be jointly completed by the Indigenous Producer participant and the mentoring Producer and Company.
 
 
WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
The Indigenous Producer Internship Program will support up to three Indigenous Producers to undertake internships with a chosen production company and alongside a committed producer mentor with a proven track record. The company will be responsible for employing and mentoring the intern over the duration of the internship. (12 months full time, or 24 months part time). Screen Australia expects to provide each company with around $50,000–70,000 per year as a contribution to the salary of the Indigenous Producer placement.
 
 
ARE YOU A TARGET APPLICANT?
The program is aimed at established screen businesses with capacity to provide intensive on-the-job development for an emerging Indigenous creative producer. Funding will target applicants (jointly the Indigenous Producer and Production Company Mentor) who  have strategies to deliver high-level experience resulting in screen credits.

The program aims to support the early career development of Indigenous producers, which may include diversifying the skills of industry professionals.

Companies must not submit more than one application. This application can be for one candidate only.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 24 February 2017
  • Categories: Indigenous, Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Feature Films Production and Completion / Post-Production

Screen Australia

Screen Australia’s Feature Film Production program aims to support a diverse slate of Australian films for theatrical release that entertain and enlighten domestic and international audiences while reflecting the unique characteristics of Australian identity.

The program is open to films of any budget size, including low-budget projects and projects that require completion funding. Marketplace attachments are required, but they are not the only elements taken into consideration when Screen Australia makes funding decisions.

Documentary projects, including theatrical or feature-length documentaries, are not eligible under this program. Refer to the Documentary programs. Read more

  • Closing: 7 April 2017
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Art Bites

Screen Australia

An initiative for emerging documentary filmmakers with a passion for the Arts.

Screen Australia and iview Arts are calling for proposals from early career filmmakers nationwide for another round of Art Bites.

Art Bites will create four 6 x 5 minute Arts web series directed and/or produced by early career filmmakers. The films will premiere on the ABC Arts channel on iview which aims to illuminate the arts with smart, quality and shareable content.

Rather than simply reporting on existing work, the successful web series will be an accessible, engaging and entertaining insight into an aspect of Arts in Australia. Ideally the series will adopt a fresh approach or topic, one which has not previously been explored elsewhere.

Proposals will be assessed against the channel’s vision statement ‘Where Life and Culture Collide’. The web series should be designed to appeal to younger audiences, 18–35 years.

The series will be supported by an ABC digital Arts Commissioning Editor, and a Screen Australia Investment Development Manager.

 

WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?

ABC TV and Screen Australia will commit a total of up to $240,000 to this initiative ($120,000 each).

Applicants can apply for up to $60,000 for a series and may seek additional funding through discussions with their state agency and other sources. State and Territory screen agencies may provide up to $30,000 in additional funding to series from their State or Territory. Any other funding is subject to ABC approval and compliance with ABC Editorial Policies (see link below) and must be finalised prior to signature of the ABC Licence Agreement.

 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 7 April 2017
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

[Black Space]: Web Series Production

Screen Australia

Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department is calling on Indigenous filmmakers, online content creators and vloggers from across Australia to produce online series.

The creation of online content is fast becoming the future of screen storytelling and in the same vain as successful web series, Bondi Hipsters, Broad City, Black As and The Katering Show, we are on the hunt for dynamic proposals for online series with refreshing voices, daring stories, courageous characters or even a couple of oddballs!

Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department will fund two Black Space submissions (three to five standalone episodes, each around four minutes in duration). The initiative is designed to bring Indigenous stories, authored and crafted by Indigenous people to online audiences.

We are looking for Indigenous talent, with big ideas at a production ready stage. As part of the Black Space initiative the successful teams will attend a two day workshop focussed on marketing online content. Each series will be made entirely for online delivery in conjunction with YouTube and Facebook.

The production ready series can be comedy, drama, mockumentary, factual and/or any other relevant genre.

All applicants should be able to commit to production by June 2017, for delivery and launch by October 2017.

For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: 10 April 2017
  • Categories: Indigenous, Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Hot Shots Plus

Screen Australia

Hot Shots Plus combines funding for the production of a short narrative proof of concept (POC) as well as development funds for a long-form project.

The aim of this initiative is to arm screen content makers with an impactful POC that connects to a long-form project (feature film, TV, online series or virtual reality narratives) in order to build skills, relationships and create the audience and marketplace attention needed for the next step in their career. For example, a short film that speaks to a feature film (i.e. Cate Shortland’s Joy, Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke’s Cargo) or a pilot/test scenes that speak to a television or online series (i.e. Skitbox, Event Zero, and Bondi Hipsters).

The long-form project does not have to be the same story or a long version of the POC but should be connected to the POC, for example, by creative voice, genre, tone or stylistic approach.

POC PRODUCTION

Support can be provided for a narrative short film, series pilot, or visual proof of concept in all fiction platforms (feature, television, online, VR):

  • up to $70,000 for live action production as appropriate to the platform and the project.
  • up to $100,000 for animation production as appropriate to the platform and the project.
  • up to $40,000 for post-production to completion funds as appropriate to the platform and the project.
  • Funds are available for live action or animated short screen narrative stories of up to 30 minutes in length.
  • While encouraging low budget approaches to storytelling, Screen Australia will allow additional financing from other sources however the funds must be in place at the time of submitting your application and evidence of this provided in the successful second stage applications.
  • As per our Terms of Trade, Screen Australia funding is conditional on paying at least award minimum rates including key creatives, cast and crew, see Budget Notes on Page 6.
  • In exceptional circumstances, we may accept applications with funds that exceed the amounts for the POC funding above, in recognition of the regional nature of certain productions.

LONG-FORM DEVELOPMENT

In your application you will also need to include your plan and requested development funds for your long-form narrative project.

  • up to $50,000 for development costs
  • Funds may include writing costs, workshops with actors, research, mentorships, consultations – whatever will nurture and feed the creative vision of the team and the heart of the story and to arrive at a strong package for your anticipated long-form project.
  • You will also need to include the estimated total production budget for the long-form work. Strategically, we are looking for lower budget projects because they are more likely to be financed and made with emerging teams. For this initiative we are saying this means for features under $2 million, for online series and VR under $10,000 per minute and for television under $600,000 per one hour episode.

 

For more information head to the website. Read more

  • Closing: 20 April 2017
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Love Bites

Screen Australia

An initiative for filmmakers from the LGBTIQ community.
 
In recognition of the 40th Anniversary of Mardi Gras, Screen Australia and the ABC are calling for proposals from filmmakers from the LGBTIQ community for a new initiative, Love Bites.
 
Love Bites will be a series of 10 x 5 min documentary short films made by filmmakers from the LGBTIQ community across Australia. The films will premiere on the ABC Arts channel on iview which aims to present smart, quality and shareable arts content.
 
The successful projects will provide an accessible, engaging and entertaining insight into the lives and interests of the LGBTIQ community.
 
The content, tone and style of the short film are entirely up the creator, so all interpretations of the medium of documentary are encouraged. All proposals will be assessed against the ABC TV Arts vision statement ‘Where Life and Culture Collide’.
 
The selected programs will be supported by an ABC digital Arts Commissioning Editor, and a Screen Australia Investment Development Manager.
 
For more information visit the website. Applications close 11pm 6 August 2017. Read more

  • Closing: 6 August 2017
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals