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Pitch Australiana - VICE and Screen Australia Pitching Competition

Screen Australia

VICE Australia and Screen Australia are partnering on a pitching competition offering Australian filmmakers a chance to win a commission for a short documentary project.
 
Finalists will pitch at The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in March 2018. The winning project will be released online through leading global media company VICE as part of their digital series, Australiana.
 
WHO CAN APPLY
Applicant teams must consist of a director or producer, one of whom has at least one documentary screen credit in their respective role on a project that has been broadcast and/or screened at a recognised film festival or distributed on a significant curated online platform.
 
Go to our list of recognised festivals.
 
THE PRIZE
Screen Australia will commit $30,000 and VICE Australia will commit $20,000, meaning a total of $50,000 funding is available for the production of one documentary.
 
Go to the guidelines on Vice Website. Read more

  • Closing: 11 January 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Half Hour Drama Development Initiative

Create NSW, Screen NSW

ABC TV and Create NSW are looking to develop half-hour character-driven dramas with heart and humour; bold, purposeful ideas that are a reflection of or commentary on the world we live in. These should be projects that can ignite and provoke a conversation that cuts through the noise of social media and real life.
 
Projects will be returnable and suitable for prime time viewing on ABC TV. Diversity, both on- and off-screen, is a priority, as is a focus on younger audiences (under 50). Projects should be six-eight half hour episode TV series to be considered for jointly funded development by Create NSW and the ABC.
 
We’re targeting ideas that are strong and unique enough to compete against the likes of some of the most successful international series of recent years including: Girls, Catastrophe, Search Party, Atlanta, Enlightened, Insecure, High Maintenance, Looking, Fleabag, You’re The Worst.
 
Stage 1
Create NSW and ABC TV Drama are initially seeking one-two-page pitch documents for six-eight half hour episode TV series to be considered for jointly funded development.
 
ABC TV and Create NSW will shortlist up to 10 projects to participate in a masterclass in half-hour drama, featuring presentations and panels by key creators and show runners of successful TV programs both locally and internationally.
 
The event will be in Sydney and is scheduled for early 2018, and all invited participants must be available to attend and be able to self-fund their travel.
 
ABC will have a 60 day exclusive option to engage the Participant to develop and/or produce a program based on the Participant’s developed drama concepts and workshop materials.
 
Stage 2
After the masterclass event, we will ask creative teams to submit a more refined outline document of 2-5 pages. Then Create NSW and ABC TV will select up to four projects for further development. Further development materials to be produced include a series bible and treatment document.
 
ABC will have a 12-month exclusive option to commission the projects for further development or production.
 
Potential applicants are advised to read the below eligibility guidelines and then apply here.
 
An individual can submit or be attached to multiple applications; however we’d advise you to put your most competitive projects forward.
 
The closing date for submissions for stage 1 is Sunday 28 January 2018.
 
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 28 January 2018
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Seeing Ourselves - Developing the Developer: A Focus on Diversity

Screen Australia

Developing the Developer is a four-day workshop aimed at increasing the pool of talented experts in the field of story development.
 
Screen Australia recognises that in order to contribute to our story development capacity and culture we need to continue to identify, nurture, develop and collaborate with new generations of fiction developers across story platforms and formats.
 
This is an opportunity for practitioners to enhance their existing screen story development skills or to transfer story skills from other areas such as theatre. For the purpose of this workshop, ‘Developers’ means practitioners who already work in or aspire to work in story development, as a script reader; script assessor; script consultant; script editor; development executive; script co-ordinator; script producer; or, dramaturg and who are passionate about facilitating other people’s creative visions on any platform (TV, VR, Online, Feature).
 
This workshop is not designed for creatives who wish to enhance their story development skills solely for their own projects.
 
Acknowledging the barriers which may exist to professionalisation in the field of screen story development, it is Screen Australia’s intent through Developing the Developer: A Focus on Diversity to increase the diversity of practitioners who work in screen story development to create a pool of developers more broadly reflective of Australian society. The outcomes will provide an enriched environment that has the potential to impact on what stories are told and by whom as well as to impact the decisions made through Screen Australia’s programs. For the purpose of these guidelines, diversity encompasses cultural background, disability status, sexual orientation and identity.
 
Eight participants will be selected for the four-day workshop to be hosted in Sydney from Thursday 12 April, Friday 13 April, Saturday 14 April and Sunday 15 April 2018. For interstate and regional practitioners, Screen Australia will support reasonable travel and accommodation requirements.
 
The Developing the Developer: A Focus on Diversity workshop will focus on development established philosophies, development methodologies and tools across fiction story platforms as well as market context.
 
The workshop will be practice-led and experiential and require collaboration and involvement by participants to prepare work prior to, and during, attendance.
 
The workshop structure includes:

  • Pre-Workshop: participants required to prepare project reading and analysis tasks

  • Day One: half-day orientation, introductions, motivations and function.
  • Day Two: building craft, analysis skills and adding to your development toolkit across early to late stage projects
  • Day Three: deepening analysis skills and adding to your toolkit across platforms, genres and strategies for development
  • Day Four: putting your toolkit into practice in preparing for development meetings, observation of development meetings, and reflecting on our individual methods and practice
  • Post-Workshop: continuation ‘interview’ to discuss areas of interest and next steps

 
After the workshop, Screen Australia will engage with each participant to discuss their goals and work with them to unlock support opportunities for participants to continue their practice in the story development field.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 February 2018
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Production Finance

Create NSW, Screen NSW

The Production Finance program provides funding for projects produced or post-produced in NSW. Funding allocations are guided by ratios linking the Create NSW contribution to the amount spent in the State.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 4 February 2018
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Made in NSW - TV Drama

Create NSW, Screen NSW

MADE IN NSW is a new $20 million fund over two years (2016/17 and 2017/18) to support the attraction to NSW of significant international and domestic significant feature film and major TV drama production.
 
The program will create a pipeline of high-end screen production in NSW and build on the success of previous investment. The program will focus its investment in new film and TV projects that:

  • significantly contribute to the NSW economy

  • create high value jobs
  • create new opportunities in western Sydney and regional NSW
  • build the skills and capacity of established and emerging practitioners
  • grow audiences; and
  • contribute to NSW’s reputation as the leading State in business and film.

 
The MADE IN NSW – TV DRAMA fund recognises the potential for major Australian TV drama series to:

  • Grow bigger audiences at home and internationally;

  • Create opportunities for NSW production companies to finance their new shows with international partners;
  • Develop returning series which leads to more work for our crews; and
  • Tell Australian stories that are both locally relevant and have international resonance.

 
Made in NSW – TV Drama is a new fund opening 1st July 2016 until 30th June 2018.
 
Throughout this period there will be several rounds in which projects will be assessed.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 4 February 2018
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Feature Films | Feature Production & 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 our Documentary programs.
  • To be considered for Screen Australia production funding, a project must demonstrate that all other finance is in place at time of application.

 
However, producers may apply anytime for a Screen Australia Letter of Interest at an earlier stage.
 
For the latest deadlines and information, please visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Feature Films | Letter of Interest

Screen Australia

A Letter of Interest is an indication to the producer and the marketplace that Screen Australia recognises the project’s creative and/or commercial potential.
 
This is not a commitment for investment but it is an indication of the possibility of Screen Australia investing in the project at a later stage when the project will be competitively assessed against the published criteria.
 
An application for feature film production funding can then be submitted once the rest of the finance is in place.
 
Important: A Letter of Interest is neither a prerequisite for an application for production funding, nor a commitment from Screen Australia to invest in a project.
 
Documentary projects, including theatrical or feature-length documentaries, are not eligible under this program
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Feature Films | Distribution Better Deals

Screen Australia

The Australian distribution landscape for feature films is challenging and securing a local distribution deal is particularly tough for female-driven productions.
 
Gender Matters: Better Deals is a pilot program that will create a new incentive for distributors considering quality female-driven projects. In exchange, the producer may share a small percentage of the film’s receipts (to be negotiated between the producer and the distributor, with Screen Australia approval) returning revenue back to the industry to support the development of future projects.
 
This pilot program will give qualifying producers greater negotiating power to secure better deals with distributors. It will encourage healthy competition and lead to greater discussion and consideration of the gender makeup for commercial Australian projects in the local market. It also encourages positive collaboration between producers and distributors, giving the producer a voice throughout the distribution process.
 
This funding support will remove some of the barriers and disincentives affecting films that are perceived to be riskier in the marketplace and encouraging distributors to consider new and exciting projects from skilled female creative teams.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

International Marketing Support: Festivals and Awards

Screen Australia

For the promotion of Australian content and talent at key international festivals and awards events, enabling the enhancement of international marketing strategies.
 
Screen Australia funding may contribute towards the marketing budget for:

  • publicist fees

  • subtitling
  • promotional materials
  • attendance by the director or producer (supported by a clear plan to be implemented at the event)
  • attendance by high profile Australian cast on the red carpet at gala festival screenings, eg films in competition or significant programs (an associated publicity schedule will be a deliverable)
  • mandatory materials required by the festivals
  • attendance by the writer may be considered where there are clear benefits.
  • Invitation to a festival or awards event does not guarantee support. Approval is subject to the soundness of the marketing strategy and its plan for implementation, availability of funds and the strength of the application.

 
A project cannot receive more than one grant under this program, unless the second is for an eligible award (ie, Academy Awards®, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, Emmy Awards®).
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

International Marketing Support: Markets

Screen Australia

For planned attendance by producers with a range of experience at core markets to secure finance for Australian projects in advanced development and to advance their overall slates.
 
It is expected that outcomes will include securing international market attachments or finance, while building interest in upcoming projects.
 
For special Screen Australia announced targeted talent delegations to international events in order to increase international exposure and professional development opportunities for talent as well as Australia’s profile overseas.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Feature Films | Matched Marketplace Development

Screen Australia

Screen Australia recognises that marketplace entities delivering films to audiences will make sound creative judgements based on their experience and knowledge of audience tastes and trends.
 
Accordingly, the Matched Marketplace Development fund is designed to recognise and leverage this experience and knowledge, so is subject to a risk assessment (but not a creative assessment).
 
To be eligible for this funding, the bona fide offer of cash development for up to $50,000 must be from a genuine arm’s length marketplace entity and will be subject to a risk assessment (see the assessment process below).
 
A marketplace entity is defined as an entity whose core business is the sales, distribution, exhibition or broadcast/streaming of feature films.
 
Screen Australia’s funding must be applied to the Australian creative talent who are Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents and the Australian spend components of the development budget.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

P&A Plus

Screen Australia

This program is designed to enhance the distribution and marketing of quality Australian films across traditional and alternative release platforms.
 
Funding can be sought to support the traditional theatrical ANZ release of completed feature films that have an established local distributor attached, or for alternative release campaigns in certain circumstances (see box below).
 
Funding for traditional release is provided for activities commonly understood to come under the banner of ‘P&A expenditure’. The funding should not replace a distributor’s pre-existing P&A commitment, but rather add value to the confirmed investment already in place.
 
Nor does this fund replace the items in the Dedicated Marketing Budget of Screen Australia–financed productions, but should enhance the marketing, promotion and advertising of individual projects to increase audience potential and revenue.
 
The program operates as a commercial loan fund. Applications will be judged with regard to the revenue estimates provided, and applicants will need to demonstrate how Screen Australia funding will increase audience reach.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Story Development

Screen Australia

Creative story development involves art, craft and heart.
 
It’s a process that needs to be flexible and responsive, embracing a diversity of tools and approaches that will enrich and focus the creative vision at the heart of a story so audiences will be engaged and entertained across a variety of delivery platforms.
 
We encourage you to design a bespoke approach to development that will keep the project’s momentum up, its purpose alive and the audience in clear view.
 
WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
Applications for Story Development funding can be made at any time for:

  • up to $50,000 for feature drama films with a total cap of $100,000 of Screen Australia funds over the life of an individual project unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated. This includes all funding received from Screen Australia’s Feature Development, Single Draft and predecessor agency feature-development funding.

  • up to $20,000 for online and interactive drama including series and one-off. Online and interactive drama must have a total cumulative running time of at least 30 minutes in order to be eligible for development funding. Funding excludes traditional television formats aimed at a mainstream broadcaster.
  • up to $40,000 for high-end television drama to develop an ambitious concept into a series bible, series outline, first-draft pilot script or first episode script. Please note: High-end television drama is high-budget programming intended to, and with the clear potential to, reach a wide global audience. Applications must be accompanied by written evidence of strong and genuine interest from a major international broadcaster or international internet streaming company, outside the ANZ territory, which can commission projects and has its own transmission network.

 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Wildcard Pitch

Screen Australia

For teams who do not meet the eligibility criteria, the Wildcard Pitch provides an alternative avenue to be eligible for Story Development feature film and online and interactive funding.
 
A video pitch of up to three minutes can be emailed via a downloadable and password-protected link at any time through the online application portal.
 
The pitch must describe:

  • the complete story concept for a fiction feature project or online and interactive drama series, one-off or virtual reality drama installations of any genre

  • the potential audience for the film or online and interactive drama
  • the current stage of the project (eg treatment, draft script or whatever form your project is in if your development plan is utilising more non-traditional approaches)

 
You will also need to include in the online application portal:

  • a 250 word (maximum) synopsis, and

  • a complete one page synopsis and maximum five-page writing sample (treatment and script) that is either an excerpt of the project you are pitching for in Wildcard or any other previous screen project that portrays your original storytelling style with the same genre.

 
We are looking for pitches that grab our attention, that evidence a story concept that will generate and sustain the dramatic structure of a feature film, online and interactive drama, or virtual reality drama installation, and one that knows its audience.
 
Pitches will be confidentially viewed by Screen Australia personnel and/or industry specialists as required and some teams may be invited to apply for Story Development funding. The intention of this pitch is to provide a virtual open door to talented storytellers to be eligible for story funding.
 
Given the magnitude of submissions we do not have the resources to provide feedback. We will advise whether or not an invitation to apply for funding will be afforded within approximately six weeks of receiving your pitch.
 
Wildcard pitch submissions that are invited to apply for Story Development funding will be evaluated competitively against our story development assessment criteria.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

TV & Online | Children's Program Production

Screen Australia

Screen Australia aims to support the creation of a diverse slate of quality, innovative, original, culturally significant small-screen storytelling that resonates with contemporary audiences.
 
We are mindful that new online platforms are entering the commissioned arena and recognise that accessibility to content on a wide variety of platforms provides strong opportunities for audience engagement.
 
The guidelines apply to all productions made primarily for broadcast or subscription television, VOD platform or similar (with or without an associated catch up service), but specifically excludes theatrical projects qualifying for the 40 per cent Producer Offset and productions which fit under the parameters of Screen Australia’s Online Production guidelines.
 
For the purpose of these Guidelines the term Commissioning Platform includes a free-to-air or subscription television broadcaster and/or newer online platforms such as subscription video on demand (SVOD).
 
All projects must have a Commissioning Platform attached at the time of application.
 
For projects to be considered eligible for Screen Australia funding the agreement with the Commissioning Platform must reflect the terms and conditions in these guidelines, including minimum licence fee requirements.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

TV & Online | Online Production

Screen Australia

Through the Online Production program Screen Australia invests in the production of scripted projects that take risks and push the envelope of fiction storytelling.
 
Typical examples are risk-taking comedy or dramatic projects distributed on any platform including television, online web series, feature film, Augmented and Virtual Reality, tablet, mobile and PC based distribution.
 
This fund is aimed at lower-budget productions which may present talent development or project development opportunities. It values these benefits ahead of commercial gain, so it is expected that above-the-line fees and company overheads are budgeted modestly in accordance with those aims.
 
The fund is well suited to projects that include strong and compelling social media components to engage audiences.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

TV & Online | Skip Ahead

Screen Australia

Skip Ahead is a joint initiative of Screen Australia and Google to help a new generation of online storytellers to expand their vision and the ambition of the content they create for online audiences.
 
Since 2014, over the course of 3 funding rounds, it has supported 14 YouTube Channels to push themselves and their audiences, and support them to work towards sustainable career. Past recipients include Mighty Car Mods, Superwog, RackaRacka, SketchShe, and more.
 
The program aims to cultivate original Australian narrative-based content made specifically for global online audiences. Skip Ahead is an inclusive initiative, both in the filmmakers involved and the stories told. Australia has one of the most culturally diverse populations in the world. For the purpose of these guidelines, diversity encompasses cultural background, disability status, sexual orientation and gender identity. We also strongly encourage collaboration between creators, and the benefits of working with a reputable producer.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Documentary Development

Screen Australia

Screen Australia’s Documentary Development program assists experienced documentary makers to achieve planned outcomes for the development of their projects.
 
This could include further research, writing the next draft of a script or treatment, strategic shooting and/or editing to attract marketplace development or production finance, or compiling a sizzle reel.
 
The program is primarily focused on providing development support to one-off and series documentary.
 
Interactive or online projects: Producers of interactive or online projects must discuss their project with an Investment/Development Manager to explore what development may be possible, before applying for development funding.
 
Screen Australia does not invest in programs such as reality or magazine television, light entertainment, panel or travel shows, infotainment, current affairs, cooking, ‘how to’, sports, corporate, training, games, extensions to film or TV, or community access programs or projects whose primary market is the education sector.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Documentaries | Producer Program

Screen Australia

The intention of the Producer program is to provide producers with the flexibility to drive projects both creatively and commercially, with Screen Australia funding as the foundation for growing and securing deals.
 
The program is designed to support innovative documentaries with a strong creative vision in the context of today’s evolving media and distribution landscape and the commercial realities of increasingly fragmented sources of finance.
 
It supports one-off documentaries and series intended for broadcast, festival, theatrical, online and Virtual Reality audiences. Minimum budget is $125,000 per hour or $125,000 in total for non-linear projects. Please see above for exceptions in the January and April 2018 rounds.
 
Screen Australia aims to fund 20–30 hours of content a year through this program.
Marketplace commitment is not required at application but projects will need to demonstrate a highly developed understanding of how they will reach and engage their target market and audience. See ‘Pathways to audience’
 
Please Note: It is a condition of this funding program that successful applications will have all finance in place within four months from the date of confirmation of Screen Australia approval. It is understood that some funding approvals will lapse because they cannot confirm finance within this time frame.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Documentaries | Commissioned Program

Screen Australia

The Commissioned program is designed to support the production of a diverse range of quality documentaries made primarily for free-to-air or subscription television broadcast, VOD platform or similar (Commissioning Platforms), that offer a compelling vision and have clear enduring cultural value beyond their initial availability.
 
The program targets projects of at least a commercial half-hour in duration, with a minimum budget of $250,000 per hour, and a confirmed domestic commission.
 
Screen Australia aims to fund 30–40 hours of content a year through this program.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website.
Read more

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

Documentaries | Producer Equity

Screen Australia

The Producer Equity program provides a direct payment of funds to producers of eligible low-budget Australian documentaries, equal to 20 per cent of the approved budget. The payment is available with or without other Screen Australia documentary production funding.
 
Projects are not assessed beyond establishing eligibility.
 
The program is administered by Screen Australia’s Documentary Unit, and is subject to Screen Australia’s Terms of Trade eligibility requirements (section 1 only).
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

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.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Indigenous | Feature Development

Screen Australia

The Indigenous Department’s feature development program aims to provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers with demonstrated experience to extend their craft and their ideas in the longer feature format. We are looking for striking and engaging storytelling that will connect with audiences.
 
Screen Australia reserves the right to require the attachment of a story consultant where appropriate.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Indigenous | TV Drama Development

Screen Australia

This program seeks to provide practitioners with the opportunity to create appropriate written and/or visual materials to ensure that projects are as strong as possible when competing for production finance.
 
We are looking for striking and engaging storytelling that will connect with audiences.
 
Screen Australia reserves the right to require the attachment of a story consultant where appropriate.
 
Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander producers are encouraged to apply.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Indigenous | Documentary Development

Screen Australia

This program seeks to provide practitioners with the opportunity to create appropriate written and/or visual materials to ensure that projects are as strong as possible when competing for production finance. Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander producers are encouraged to apply.
 
WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
Any amount up to $30,000 will be available for one-off, feature-length documentaries; up to $30,000 for series; and up to $20,000 for television one-hour documentaries (other than in exceptional circumstances).
 
Funding is available for the further development of a treatment and/or script for one-off documentaries or documentary series, including, where appropriate,

  • script and project development

  • research
  • securing production financing.

 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Indigenous | Songlines on Screen

Screen Australia

Due to the success of the first Songlines on Screen Initiative held in 2014, both Screen Australia and NITV are pleased to announce a second Songlines on Screen initiative opportunity.
 
This initiative aims to give place to some of the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songlines that are integral to the makeup of Indigenous Australia, incorporating the full spectrum of storytelling including dance, song, art, body painting, and sites of significance.
 
Screen Australia and NITV are requesting proposals from appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander production companies and media organisations to record a songline or songline segment (one per company/organisation) that has been identified as being the most important and relevant to record at this time.
 
Up to 10 projects will be funded through development and production stages. Each will result in a broadcast-quality program of at least 15 minutes in duration, communicating the ‘open story’ of the songline or songline segment, with additional footage able to be used for other purposes at the discretion of the custodians. The footage will also be archived under appropriate conditions at two separate locations to ensure preservation and ongoing access and control by the songline’s custodians.
 
In addition, the initiative aims to develop screen production skills in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through their participation in recording their own stories.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Indigenous | Feature Production

Screen Australia

Limited funds are available through this program to invest in outstanding low-budget feature film projects which are based on strong and original ideas, and can demonstrate the potential to reach an audience.
 
Production investment is intended primarily to assist in the professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander key creatives, as well as to provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers who have demonstrated extraordinary talent to extend their vision and their skills.
 
Post-production investment is also available to fund project-specific post-production costs associated with taking a project from the end of principal photography through to delivery.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Indigenous | TV Drama Production

Screen Australia

Limited funds are available through this program to invest in outstanding television drama projects which are based on strong and original ideas, and can demonstrate the potential to reach an audience.
 
Production investment is intended primarily to assist in the professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander key creatives, as well as to provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers who have demonstrated extraordinary talent to extend their vision and their skills.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Indigenous | Documentary Production

Screen Australia

This program seeks to support strong and distinctive documentary projects primarily to assist in the professional development of the key creative team.
 
Limited funding is available through this program to support the production and/or post-production of one-off documentaries, documentary series or factual multiplatform projects. Funding is designed to complete the project, not a stage of production.
 
There are no limits on the proportion of the budget Screen Australia can contribute under this program. However, other sources of finance are encouraged, and the assessment process will take into account the level of Screen Australia funding requested as a proportion of overall budget. Contributions might come from marketplace entities (eg broadcasters), as well as from state agencies, other government organisations, cultural institutions, international sources, private investors or other partners.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film

Indigenous Internships

Screen Australia

Internships assist practitioners whose careers would benefit from an attachment to a person, production or organisation. This program is designed to assist the career development of talented filmmakers who can demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in the film industry. This is not an entry-level scheme.
 
An internship may take many forms and involve features, documentaries, animation, interactive digital media, TV drama or comedy series. For example:

  • a director might attach themselves to a more experienced director on a production

  • a producer might spend time in a TV production house to observe the script development and creative management process, or they may wish to work with a more senior producer developing a financing plan for a project of their own
  • an animation filmmaker may wish to enhance specific technical or creative skills
  • a filmmaker may want to hire a more experienced producer or director as a consultant on their own funded production.

 
Up to $10,000 may be requested (other than in exceptional circumstances), supported by a budget.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Indigenous Travel Grants

Screen Australia

The Travel Grants program is designed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers in travelling to key international and Australian events. Professional development is a key objective.
 
WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
Funding is available to support travel costs associated with attending:

  • recognised film festivals and pitching forums where an applicant’s film has been selected or invited to attend

  • events where the applicant or their film has been nominated for an award
  • key international markets
  • conferences and workshops providing significant professional development opportunities.

 
Up to $6,000 may be requested for international travel, and up to $5,000 for travel within Australia (other than in exceptional circumstances), supported by a budget.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Screen Culture Industry Partnerships

Screen Australia

Screen Australia partners with industry organisations in order to deliver events that will benefit the Australian screen industry. This may include one-off domestic and international events, conferences and seminars that will deliver extraordinary benefits for the participants.
 
The aim is to create opportunities through new, original and inclusive approaches to the industry that will expand networks and facilitate progress of high quality slates to markets and audiences.
 
WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
Screen Australia will consider funding up to 50 per cent of a total event budget up to a cap of $50,000 for one event or a number of events conducted by one organisation over the financial year. Funding in excess of 50 per cent of the budget or $50,000 will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Producer Offset

Screen Australia

The Producer Offset is a refundable tax offset (i.e. a rebate) for producers of Australian films, worth:

  • 40 per cent of the QAPE incurred by the applicant company in the making of a feature film, and

  • 20 per cent of the QAPE incurred by the applicant company in the making of TV and other eligible projects, other than feature films.

 
Films are only eligible for the 40 per cent offset if they are feature films produced for exhibition to the public in cinemas and meet all offset requirements. A film will only be eligible for the feature film offset if the primary release strategy for the film is a release in public cinemas. Films produced for home entertainment, TV or VOD release are not eligible for the 40 per cent offset but are eligible for the 20 per cent offset if they meet all offset requirements. The higher offset is available for feature films because they generally have higher production costs and it can also be more difficult to finance feature films because they are one-off projects. Refer to Feature Films and Distribution.
 
The Producer Offset is one of three refundable tax offsets for film production; the others are administered by the Department of Communication and the Arts (the Department):

  • the Location Offset, a 16.5 per cent offset on QAPE for film and television projects filmed in Australia with an Australian spend of over $15 million

  • the Post, Digital and Visual effects (PDV) Offset, a 30 per cent offset on the QAPE that relates to post, digital and visual effects production for a film.

 
Please note that the ITAA uses the term ‘film’ to refer to all eligible formats. These guidelines use the term ‘project’, unless quoting the ITAA.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Co-Production Program

Screen Australia

Official co-productions are made under formal arrangements between Australia and the governments of various countries, creating benefits for both partners.
 
Australia currently has treaties in force with the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Korea, South Africa, Singapore and China, and Memoranda of Understanding with France and New Zealand.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Advanced Development

Create NSW, Screen NSW

Advanced Development contributes towards later stage draft and non-draft costs to complete financing where a strong interest has already been established in the marketplace.
 
We fund the development of:

  • feature films

  • adult and children’s television drama and narrative comedy including series, miniseries, web series and telemovies
  • factual and documentary television or web programs and series
  • animation series
  • creative interactive screen entertainment

 
We do not fund the development of:

  • *infotainment, lifestyle, travel, magazine, sports, education, game shows and other magazine-style productions

  • current affairs and news programs
  • community television
  • shorts, short features (under 60 minutes)
  • projects being developed as part of a course of study

 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

Regional Filming Fund (RFF)

Screen Australia

The Regional Filming Fund offsets costs associated with shooting in regional areas of NSW. Regional NSW is defined as all areas in NSW outside the Sydney Metro area (excluding the ACT).
 
Applicants may request up to 35% of the budgeted NSW Regional Spend.
 
NSW Regional Spend is the total of the below the line shooting expenses directly associated with filming in regional NSW. Eligible NSW Regional Spend expenses are limited to:

  • location fees

  • travel (for cast and crew traveling from other parts of NSW)
  • accommodation
  • per diems
  • local suppliers & services (e.g. construction contractors, security, traffic control etc.)
  • catering
  • salaries for regionally based cast and crew

 
Regional spend does not include any above-the-line expenses (including development expenses), indirect costs, company overheads, contingency or post-production expenses.
 
Support is provided as a grant. The maximum grant per production is $100,000. Read more

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

Time Critical Shooting

Create NSW, Screen NSW

Time Critical Shooting supports shoots for essential material that must be gathered before a project’s official production schedule.
 
Projects must be intended for production or post-production in NSW.
 
We fund factual and documentary television or web programs and series.
 
We do not fund:

  • feature films

  • adult and children’s television drama and narrative comedy including series, miniseries, web series and telemovies
  • creative interactive screen entertainment
  • *infotainment, lifestyle, travel, magazine, sports, education, game shows and other magazine- style productions
  • current affairs and news programs
  • community television
  • shorts, short features (under 60 minutes)
  • projects being developed as part of a course of study

 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

Festival Travel

Create NSW, Screen NSW

Festival Travel supports NSW Key Creatives whose projects have been officially invited to screen at significant international festivals outside Australia. Applications are assessed on a rolling basis throughout the year.
 
The program is open to any project within the range of activity that Create NSW supports which includes animation, documentary, features, shorts, television, children’s television and interactive.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW. Read more

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

Market Travel

Create NSW, Screen NSW

Market Travel supports NSW producers and Key Creatives for travel relevant to financing projects.
 

  • Requests for travel support should generally not exceed $5,000.

  • An individual or a team can submit up to three applications to this program in any financial year, but only one application at a time
  • Generally we will not consider development funding for a project that has a current application to another Screen NSW program

 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

Strategic Opportunities Program

Create NSW, Screen NSW

The Strategic Opportunities Program supports individual initiatives and events that demonstrate long-term benefits to the NSW screen industry.
 
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis at any time during the year, subject to available funds.
 
The objectives of the Program are:

  • to build capacity within the industry and organisations and businesses within the sector;

  • to support new and sustainable partnerships in particular between organisations of State significance and practitioners;
  • to support audience access strategies for projects and practitioners.

 
Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • the project/event is well planned and of high artistic quality and it has capacity to contribute to the overall stability and strength of the NSW screen industry;

  • the plans for the use of the funding and the amount of other funding;
  • track record of the applicant and partners;
  • alignment with the strategic directions as set out in the Screen NSW Strategic Plan;
  • the availability of funds.

 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

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Create NSW, Screen NSW

Are you heading to LA? Did you know that we have an amazing workspace avaliable for FREE for NSW screen practitioners? Read more

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

Australian Government Incentives / Offsets

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

Producer Offset
The Producer Offset is available to producers of Australian film and television projects including feature films, documentaries, television series (up to 65 episodes), telemovies and short form animation. Screen Australia can provide advice on whether a project meets the requirements for certification as Australian.
For more information on this incentive please go to: http://screenaustralia.gov.au/producer_offset/
 
Location Offset
The Australian Federal Government provides an incentive for larger budget foreign films which film in Australia.The Offset is applied at a fixed rate of 16.5% of qualifying Australian expenditure on a film project and is available to productions with an Australian spend of more than AU$15 million.
For more information on this incentive please go to: http://www.arts.gov.au/film-tv/australian-screen-production-incentive
 
Post/Digital/VFX (PDV) Offset
The PDV Offset provides a 30% rebate to projects that spend at least AU$500,000 on post, digital and VFX works in Australia, regardless of whether the production was shot in Australia.
For more information on this incentive please go to: http://www.arts.gov.au/film-tv/australian-screen-production-incentive Read more

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

Location Scouts and Inbounds Program

Create NSW, Screen NSW

Create NSW provides location and production support to encourage screen projects to film in Sydney and NSW.
 
The objectives of the program include:

  • To market NSW as Australia’s premier screen production destination;

  • To increase the State’s market share of film and television production by attracting potential projects to film in NSW;
  • To familiarise practitioners with NSW locations for their projects;
  • To provide an opportunity to connect local and international practitioners with local technical and creative talent, studio and post-production and visual effects facilities for their projects and to support new and sustainable partnerships between organisations of International significance and local practitioners and facilities.

 
The program offers long-form footloose productions scouting assistance for location surveys for eligible projects and may include covering some of the costs associated with on-ground travel including accommodation, domestic flights, vehicle hire and location manager services. Eligible projects are feature films, tele-movies, mini-series, TV series or reality programs.
 
The program is open to projects prior to commencement of pre-production and prior to or during financing. For international inbound visits, Create NSW generally works with Ausfilm to facilitate a suitable itinerary, however, enquiries can also be made direct to Create NSW Screen Destination Attraction area.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

Arts and Cultural Funding

Gunnedah Shire Council

Gunnedah Shire Council is one of the few Councils in NSW that provide funding to Arts and Cultural programs, projects and events. The aim of this funding is to assist in the continuation of existing local projects or to assist in funding new projects or initiatives that help to meet the needs of our growing community, while strengthening cultural identity and connection to place.
 
Gunnedah Shire Council aims to enhance local cultural opportunities and experiences and focuses on building the capacity of arts and cultural community organisations and groups to remain sustainable in the long term.
 
The arts and cultural project, program or event must align with the following general arts categories:

  • Acting;

  • Announcing;
  • Fine art and craft;
  • Directing;
  • Animation;
  • Dancing and choreography;
  • Entertainment and performance;
  • Music and singing;
  • Photography;
  • Production, and;
  • Writing.

 
This is a competitive annual funding opportunity. Projects can span up to 12 months. Successful applicants can apply for sub-sequential annual funding rounds. All applications are to be submitted using the funding template attached and submitted to Gunnedah Shire Council.
 
The applications will be assessed against criteria set by a panel aligning with the Eligibility and Key Project Deliverables stated in the below Arts and Cultural Funding Guidelines. Successful applicants will enter into a funding agreement with Gunnedah Shire Council. Organisations will be required to provide annual reporting specific to the terms of the Agreement.
 
For more information visit www.gunnedah.nsw.gov.au. Read more

  • Closing: 6 April 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

TV & Online | General TV & Subscription VOD

Screen Australia

Screen Australia aims to support the creation of a diverse slate of quality, innovative, original, culturally significant small-screen storytelling that resonates with contemporary audiences.
 
We are mindful that new online platforms are entering the commissioned arena and recognise that accessibility to content on a wide variety of platforms provides strong opportunities for audience engagement.
 
For the purpose of the Guidelines the term Commissioning Platform includes a free-to-air or subscription television broadcaster and/or newer online platforms such as subscription video on demand (SVOD).
 
All projects must have a Commissioning Platform attached at the time of application.
 
For projects to be considered eligible for Screen Australia funding the agreement with the Commissioning Platform must reflect the terms and conditions in these guidelines, including minimum licence fee requirements.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: 13 April 2018
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Organisations

Early Development

Create NSW, Screen NSW

Early Development offers support for both pre-draft and early draft costs.
 
We fund the development of:

  • feature films

  • adult and children’s television drama and narrative comedy including series, miniseries, web series and telemovies
  • factual and documentary television or web programs and series
  • animation series
  • creative interactive screen entertainment

 
We do not fund the development of:

  • *infotainment, lifestyle, travel, magazine, sports, education, game shows and other magazine-style productions

  • current affairs and news programs
  • community television
  • shorts, short features (under 60 minutes)
  • projects being developed as part of a course of study

 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

Industry Development Program

Create NSW, Screen NSW

The Industry Development Program provides funds to organisations that create professional development opportunities for NSW screen practitioners at various stages of their career.
 
Funding is provided for one-off or annual events including seminars, conferences, workshops and professional development activities.
 
Events and programs that support high-quality activity, engagement and participation with these Priority Areas are of particular importance:

  • people living and/or working in regional NSW

  • people living and/or working in Western Sydney
  • Aboriginal people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
  • people with disability
  • young people.

 
Please note that Create NSW will not support conferences, panel discussions or similar events which have all male panel members.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

Ian Potter Cultural Trust Emerging Artists Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust aims to support and nurture a vibrant, diverse arts sector in Australia, and encourage the pursuit of excellence. Individual artists are the essential ‘building blocks’ of the sector, so the Trust’s grants work to reward commitment and passion, and support our most talented artists to develop their skills and achieve their potential.
 
The Trust offers grants of up to $7,000 to assist early career artists of exceptional talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas. International professional development opportunities allow emerging or early-career artists to gain experience, develop networks and learn skills from the world’s best. We believe these experiences are invaluable for the individual artists and for the ongoing development sector as a whole.
 
The Cultural Trust funds nationally, and across the Arts sector spanning traditional art forms right through to experimental mediums. We seek to support artists in a wide range of practice areas including:

  • visual arts
  • performing arts
  • dance
  • music
  • literature
  • design
  • multimedia/moving image and,
  • conservation/moveable cultural heritage.

 
The Cultural Trust has three funding rounds a year. Applications can be submitted in any round.

  1. Nov-Jan
  2. March – May
  3. July – Sept

Please check The Ian Potter Cultural Trust website for specific dates as these vary from year to year. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous, Literature, Multicultural, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Young Regional Artist Scholarship

Create NSW

The NSW Government is offering a total of 25 scholarships for young regional artists and cultural workers to undertake exciting and career-making professional development opportunities.
 
Scholarships are open to artists, performers and arts and cultural workers from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen, curatorial and the visual arts.
 
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.
 

Applications open: 24 April 2017*
Applications close: 19 June 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

*Please note there will be two funding rounds for this category in 2017.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists and arts/cultural workers based in regional NSW.

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Fellowship & Scholarship, Indigenous, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Audience Development Program

Create NSW, Screen NSW

The Audience Development Program supports public screenings, festivals or tours that provide opportunities for audiences to see and experience quality screen content and innovative practice, and one-off or annual events including those in single or multiple venues.
 
Funding applications to the Audience Development Program for the 2017/18 financial year have closed. Applications for the 2018/2019 will open in May 2018.
 
Events and programs that support high-quality activity, engagement and participation with these Priority Areas are of particular importance:

  • people living and/or working in regional NSW

  • people living and/or working in Western Sydney
  • Aboriginal people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
  • people with disability
  • young people.

 
Further information on addressing Priority Areas can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section on the Create NSW website www.arts.nsw.gov.au
 
Please note that Create NSW will not support conferences, panel discussions or similar events which have all male panel members.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 20 June 2018
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Organisations

Made in NSW - International Footloose Production

Create NSW, Screen NSW

MADE IN NSW is a new $20 million fund over two years (2016/17 and 2017/18) to support the attraction to NSW of significant international and domestic feature film and major TV drama production.
 
The program will create a pipeline of high-end screen production in NSW and build on the success of previous investment. The program will focus its investment in new film and TV projects that:

  • significantly contribute to the NSW economy

  • create high value jobs
  • create new opportunities in western Sydney and regional NSW
  • build the skills and capacity of established and emerging practitioners
  • grow audiences; and
  • contribute to NSW’s reputation as the leading State in business and film.

 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website here. Read more

  • Closing: 30 June 2018
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Organisations

Creative Fellowships

National Library of Australia

The National Library offers three Fellowships to support practising writers and artists to develop new work creatively using or inspired by the Library’s collections.
 
Applications for the 2018 Creative Fellowships closed on 28 July 2017 and will re-open in April 2018 for the 2019 Fellowships.
 
The Library provides creative artists with a unique and supportive environment in which to immerse themselves in the collections. The Fellowship enables artists to be inspired by, repurpose, transform or imaginatively respond to published sources, such as music, maps, rare books or ephemera, or original sources, such as pictures, manuscripts, oral histories and folklore recordings, in any way.

  • The Friends of the National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship is open to creative practitioners and artists, working professionally in any art form, to create new artistic work that is inspired by or using particular collections. Artists may be working in such fields as music, dance, theatre, visual arts, emerging, hybrid and experimental art forms.
  • The National Folk Fellowship, offered in partnership with the National Folk Festival, supports folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, or collector-performers to develop a project based on the Library’s original folklore and related collections, with a performance at the following National Folk Festival.

Read more

  • Closing: 28 July 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals