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Screen Arts / Film Grants

Jump Start Production Grant

Provides substantially subsidized access to the high quality industry standard equipment, studio and post production facilities at Metro Screen. Three rounds annually – check website for details. Read more

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

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

[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

Creatability 2017

Screenworks

CREATEABILITY 2017 is a Screenworks initiative supported Screen NSW and the ABC that provides funded opportunities for professional filmmakers living in Regional NSW to profile artists with disability living and creating in their communities.

Screenworks has funding available for 8 filmmakers to produce 8 films in total. Each film will between 3 and 7 minutes and will profile an artist with disability who resides and creates in Regional NSW.

CREATEABILITY 2017 is not an entry-level initiative for filmmakers.  All applications must first meet eligibility criteria in order to complete the application process.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 23 April 2017
  • Categories: Disability, Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Screen NSW - ABC TV ARTS Documentary Feature Fund Initiative

Screen NSW

Applications for Screen NSW and ABC TV ARTS Documentary Feature Fund open 7 March 2017 via this form.

For the latest announcements it’s best to subscribe to our eNews and follow us on social media. When new program information is ready it will be announced on those platforms first.

Guidelines are available here. Read more

  • Closing: 30 April 2017
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Early Development

Screen NSW

What project formats are eligible?
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 magazinestyle 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 further guidance on the distinction between infotainment, lifestyle, magazine programs and documentary/factual programs refer to the advice on Screen Australia’s website.


How much can I apply for?

  • You can request any amount up to $50,000
  • We expect most requests to be between $2,000 and $20,000
  • Recently funded projects and the amounts provided can be found under Funding Approvals


What can I use the money for?

We contribute to the following:

  • development of treatments, scene breakdowns and/or beat sheets
  • development of first drafts from short documents
  • development of mini-bibles and/or episode outlines for television or online series
  • creation of sizzle reels or promotional trailers
  • research and development of factual documents

Who is eligible?

Screen NSW general eligibility requirements can be found in the Screen NSW Terms of Trade which should be read in conjunction with these guidelines.

Applicants will generally be a NSW based Key Creative, individual or company. If you are not based in NSW you must:

  • provide evidence of a genuine co-production partnership with a NSW-based company or producer OR
  • have at least one NSW based Key Creative (writer, producer or director) attached OR
  • satisfy Screen NSW that the project offers outstanding benefits to the NSW screen industry

 

You must intend to produce or post produce your project in NSW.
You must hold the rights in your project.

Teams generally need to include a Key Creative with credits in a relevant genre. If your team does not have these credits, please provide other information demonstrating that you have the relevant market knowledge and relationships.

Screen NSW is committed to supporting increased participation in the industry of people from underrepresented groups including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CaLD backgrounds, people with disability, LGBTQI people, people from western Sydney and people from regional NSW. Priority will be given to teams including people from under-represented groups.

 

How and when can I apply?

You can apply at any time.

Complete an online application form.

 

What do I need to submit?

You must submit all core materials listed on the form.

For Early Development we assess short documents and draft scripts. We also prefer that you have opened a dialogue with a distributor, broadcaster or online content commissioner.

The creative materials required may vary according to the project type.

 

FEATURES
Your short document should demonstrate the following:

  • the key dramatic beats of your story and how they will play out within your chosen genre
  • a clear beginning, middle and end
  • identified pivotal story points
  • the intended genre, tone and mood of the film

 

TV AND WEB DRAMA, NARRATIVE COMEDY AND CHILDRENS’ TV

We are generally looking for a preliminary pitch document and an indication of intended market.

We generally do not require marketplace attachment up front however we are unlikely to fund more than a mini bible without broadcaster interest.

If you have secured broadcaster development please indicate this in the ‘previous funding’ or ‘other funding for this stage’ section of your application form.

 

DOCUMENTARY AND FACTUAL
Your pitch document should concisely describe:

  • your subject matter
  • your intended narrative, line of enquiry, or argument
  • your intended stylistic approach your intended audience how you plan to tell your story (observational sequences, archival footage, interviews, recreations, etc)

If your program is reliant on the participation of a particular person or people you will need to have a document verifying that they consent to take part.

 

INTERACTIVE

Your application materials should provide:

  • a description of the story, journey or experience
  • any visual designs or early prototyping
  • information on intended audience and distribution strategy
  • any web metrics or sales figures for previous interactive projects

 

How will my application be assessed?

Your application will be competitively assessed against the following criteria:

  • The strength and distinctiveness of the concept
  • The strength of the story and the quality of the submitted materials
  • The plans for use of the funding
  • The potential of the project to reach its target audience and its viability in terms of likely budget relative to market
  • The track record of the Key Creative(s), including the financial track record and experience of the applicant and any Key Creatives
  • The potential of the project to contribute to a robust screen industry in NSW

 

If we commission an indigenous assessment, the project will be assessed with reference to Screen Australia’s guidelines Pathways & Protocols: a filmmaker’s guide to working with Indigenous people, culture and concepts.

If your application is not successful the project may be resubmitted if substantially reworked. A project that is declined for Early Development can be considered for Advanced Development or Market Travel if it has advanced sufficiently.

 

How long will it take to receive a decision?
Between four and six weeks from the date that we acknowledge receipt of a completed application.

What are the terms of funding?
Please refer to the Screen NSW Terms of Trade.

Complaints
If you would like to provide us with feedback, or believe you have cause for complaint, please consult our Feedback, Review and Formal Complaints Procedures. Read more

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

Advanced Development

Screen NSW

What project formats are eligible?

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 magazinestyle 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 further guidance on the distinction between infotainment, lifestyle, magazine programs and documentary/factual programs refer to the advice on Screen Australia’s website.

 

How much can I apply for?

You can request any amount up to $50,000 but only outstanding market-ready projects with a highly credentialed team will be considered at the upper level. We anticipate most requests will be about $20,000.

Recently funded projects and the amounts provided can be found under Funding Approvals.

 

What can I use the money for?

We contribute to the following:

  • draft funding, if there is demonstrated marketplace support
  • the development of pitch materials related to financing budget and schedule preparation preliminary casting costs
  • script readings
  • for interactive projects: scripts, advanced graphics or game design

 

Who is eligible?

Screen NSW general eligibility requirements can be found in the Screen NSW Terms of Trade , which should be read in conjunction with these guidelines.

Applicants will generally be a NSW-based Key Creative, individual or company. If you are not based in NSW you must:

  • provide evidence of a genuine co-production partnership with a NSW-based company or producer OR
  • have at least one NSW based Key Creative (writer, producer or director) attached OR
  • satisfy Screen NSW that the project offers outstanding benefits to the NSW screen industry

You must intend to produce or post produce your project in NSW. You must hold the rights in your project.

Teams generally need to include a Key Creative with credits in a relevant genre. If your team does not have these credits, please provide other information demonstrating that you have the relevant market knowledge and relationships.

Screen NSW is committed to supporting increased participation in the industry of people from underrepresented groups including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CaLD backgrounds, people with disability, LGBTQI people, people from western Sydney and people from regional NSW. Priority will be given to teams including people from under-represented groups.

 

How and when can I apply?

You can apply at any time.

Complete an online application form.

 

What do I need to submit?

You must submit all core materials listed on the form. The creative materials required vary according to the project type:

 

FEATURES
A script or one-page synopsis

DOCUMENTARY AND FACTUAL PROGRAMS
A script or detailed treatment

TV AND WEB DRAMA, NARRATIVE COMEDY AND CHILDREN’S TV
The series bible, scripts and/or episode outlines

INTERACTIVE PROJECTS

  • a description of the story, journey or user experience
  • any visual designs or playable demos
  • information on intended audience and distribution strategy
  • any web metrics or sales figures for previous interactive projects

You should also provide evidence of plans to maximise the potential of your content to be exploited across different formats and platforms – i.e. serious games, mobisodes, and stage adaptations.

Assessment materials should include CVs from all key project members.

 

How will my application be assessed?

Your application will be competitively assessed against the following criteria:

  • The strength and distinctiveness of the concept
  • The strength of the story and the quality of the submitted materials
  • The plans for use of the funding
  • The potential of the project to reach its target audience and its viability in terms of likely budget relative to market
  • The track record of the Key Creative(s), including the financial track record and experience of the applicant and any Key Creatives
  • The potential of the project to contribute to a robust screen industry in NSW

 

If we commission an indigenous assessment, the project will be assessed with reference to Screen Australia’s guidelines Pathways & Protocols: a filmmaker’s guide to working with Indigenous people, culture and concepts.

If your application is not successful the project may be resubmitted if substantially reworked. A project that has been declined for Early Development can be considered for Advanced Development or Market Travel if it has advanced sufficiently.

 

How long will it take to receive a decision?

Four and six weeks from the date that we acknowledge receipt of a completed application.

 

What are the terms of funding?

Please refer to the Screen NSW Terms of Trade.

 

Complaints

If you would like to provide us with feedback, or believe you have cause for complaint, please consult our Feedback, Review and Formal Complaints Procedures. Read more

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

Slate Development Loan

Screen NSW

What project formats are eligible?

We expect that development slates will mostly comprise projects from the genres eligible for Screen NSW funding. However, some flexibility will be extended in the interests of slate diversity and economic viability.

 

How much can I apply for?

The program provides interest free loans of up to $80,000 for up to five years.

Successful applicants who make a repayment and commence production in NSW within 12 months may be eligible to redraw the repayment amount together with a bonus loan of $15,000.

You must repay the loan from your next three productions and each repayment must be at least 30% of the outstanding loan.

Screen NSW will take a 10% share of the copyright in each of the projects comprising the minimum slate as security for the loan. We will reassign the rights to you once you have repaid the applicable amounts.

 

What can I use the money for?

Funding may be used to fund or contribute to the funding of:

  • a new business strategy to generate a cash flow stream
  • development of a slate of three or more appropriate projects from story outline stage onwards, including option payments, writers’ fees, script editors’ fees, script-printing expenses etc.
  • costs associated with financing projects, including overseas travel to markets, consultant fees to executive producers, legal fees etc.
  • fees for the applicant(s) or other key members of creative team(s)
  • infrastructure or running costs, including overheads, staff salaries, day-to-day and out-ofpocket expenses etc.

Who is eligible?

Screen NSW general eligibility requirements can be found in our Terms of Trade, which should be read in conjunction with these guidelines.

The Slate Development Loan program is targeted at significant production businesses and individuals in NSW with a commitment to production in NSW and a proven ability to repay the loan.

Applicants must have a slate of at least three projects where the majority would be eligible for NSW development investment and are designed to be produced or post produced in NSW.

Production service companies are not eligible.

Screen NSW is committed to supporting increased participation in the industry of people from underrepresented groups including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CaLD backgrounds, people with disability, LGBTQI people, people from western Sydney and people from regional NSW. Priority will be given to teams including people from under-represented groups.

 

How and when can I apply?

You can apply at any time. Simply complete an online application form.

 

What do I need to submit?

You must submit all the materials listed on the form, including information that demonstrates financial stability and capacity to repay.

 

How will my application be assessed?

Eligible applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • The level of the producer/production company’s generation of production in NSW
  • The track record of the producer/production company
  • Financial stability of the applicant and its capacity to repay the loan
  • Strength of the minimum slate and the likelihood of the slate projects going into production
  • The likelihood of sufficient overall production being generated to repay the loan.

Screen NSW may also consider the diversity and balance of companies supported under the program.

Further information on the assessment process

We may commission a confidential report from an external credit analyst. Development and Production team members assess projects across our entire suite of development and production programs.

 

How long will it take to receive a decision?

Between four and six weeks from the date that we acknowledge receipt of a completed application.

 

What are the terms of funding?

For terms covering repayment of the loan please see Slate Loan Agreement Screen NSW.

Recipients cannot apply to the Early or Advanced Development programs until the loan is repaid, but can apply to other Screen NSW programs.

 

Complaints

If you would like to provide feedback, or believe you have cause for complaint, please consult our Feedback, Review and Formal Complaints Procedures. Read more

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

Amplifier

Screen NSW

 

Amplifier is a new bespoke script development program for feature films. The program brings together world-class advisors with New South Wales creative teams for individually tailored script development.

Amplifier is designed to provide direct pathways to the end market, including engagement with distributors and exhibitors. Screen NSW will work with the teams for the entire life of the selected projects. As part of the program, advisors will also have an on-going relationship with the filmmaking teams over an extended development period to further enhance their creative relationship.

Amplifier, which is also being supported by Screen Australia, replaces the long-standing Screen NSW Aurora program.

  Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film

360 Vision Virtual Reality Development Initiative

Screen NSW

Screen NSW and the ABC are seeking applications for Virtual Reality projects for Initial Development as part of our 360 Vision Virtual Reality Development Initiative. The initiative aims to develop the potential of this new frontier of content producing and with it, build a whole new world of entertainment and storytelling.

Details for 360 Vision 2017 program will be announced soon. Subscribe to our enews http://screen.nsw.gov.au/subscribe or follow on TwitterFacebook or YouTube to hear more. Read more

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

Loan Facilities

Screen NSW

The Loan Facilities program offers:

  • Production Loan Finance
  • Short term Minor Cashflow Loans

Loans are offered against fully secured presale and distribution agreements.

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Please see the guidelines here.

Potential applicants are advised to contact the Head of Development and Production, Sophia Zachariou on 02 9995 0962 to discuss their application. Read more

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

Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund

Screen NSW

Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund (GEFF) supports new and emerging filmmakers and screen practitioners in NSW by funding the production and post-production of short films.

In each round, projects receive grants of up to $30,000 for production and/or post-production of a short film. There is one round annually. This year we will provide funding for up to three projects.

Screen NSW has committed to supporting enhanced participation in the industry of people from under-represented groups including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CaLD backgrounds, people with a disability, LGBTQI people, people from western Sydney and people from regional NSW.

In 2016, applications to GEFF will require the inclusion of a female director. Priority will be given to teams including people from under-represented groups.

Mentors/Executive Producers are attached to the GEFF program. This year, Aquarius Films will act as the mentor and Executive Producer (EP) for all the GEFF shorts.

Aquarius Films is a Sydney-based production company focused on producing high quality feature films, television series and documentaries for the international market. The company is a creative partnership between award-winning filmmakers Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford and Cecilia Ritchie (Lion, The Nightingale and the Rose, Berlin Syndrome, Wish you Were Here).

Applications for the round of GEFF are now closed, information on the next round is expected to be announced in mid 2017. 

Guidelines are available here. For the latest announcements it’s best to subscribe to our eNews and follow us on social media. When new program information is ready it will be announced on those platforms first. Read more

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

Regional Filming Fund (RFF)

Screen NSW

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). Click here for a map of the NSW local government areas and the Sydney Metro area.

Click here for funding guidelines.

Download an application form and submit the application at least four weeks prior to the start of filming in Regional NSW.

If you are also applying to the Production Finance program please submit the applications concurrently. An online application form for both Production Finance and the Regional Filming Fund will be available here when the next Production Finance round opens. Read more

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

Time Critical Shooting

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 postproduction in NSW.

Guidelines are available here. Read more

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

Made in NSW - TV Drama

Screen NSW

The next production finance round opens April 10. Access the Made In NSW TV Drama application form via this link.

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.

The next Round opens 12 December 2016 and will close 31 January 2017. 

After you have read the fund guidelines, you can complete your online application here. Read more

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

SEED: REGIONAL SHORTS

Screen NSW

Screen NSW has launched a new initiative to unearth filmmaking talent and content creators from regional NSW.

A partnership between ABC Regional and Screen NSW, SEED: REGIONAL SHORTS offers ten emerging creative teams grants of up to $4,000 each to create a short-form production.

Teams will be supported by a Screen NSW Development and Production executive, independent screen industry figures, and local ABC Regional producers, who will offer production advice and feedback on the projects to the teams. There is also scope for ABC Regional facilities and equipment to be made available to the ten teams.

The finished projects will screen to a wide audience on ABC online platforms, which in 2015 had 7.4 million users per week

Applications open Thursday 27th October 2016 and close Sunday 8th January 2017.

  • SEED is designed for early career creatives, aged over 18, based in regional NSW.
  • Applicants with feature film or television credits in their elected role are not eligible (Please note:  content previously broadcast through ABC Open does not exclude you from applying to SEED).
  • There must be at least one woman in a key creative role.

Narrative short film projects of up to 10 minutes duration (drama, documentary, animation and experimental projects) for online or small screen delivery (webisode series, transmedia, interactive, online documentary and mobile/tablet content) will be considered.

 

SEED is intended as a program for first time filmmakers. The grant of $4,000 is intended as seed funding, to support emerging filmmakers to leverage other funds and resources to make a short form project.

GENERATOR: Emerging Filmmakers Fund, which offers grants of up to $30,000, is intended for more experienced filmmakers with professional credits. More on Generator here: http://screen.nsw.gov.au/funding/production-support/generator-emerging-filmmakers-fund

More answers anout SEED on this link: http://bit.ly/2fDPw9m Read more

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

Festival Travel

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.

Guidelines available here.

Potential applicants are advised to call the Development & Production team on 02 9995 0945 to discuss the application process. Read more

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

Market Travel

Screen NSW

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

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

See Guidelines here.

Potential applicants are advised to call the Development & Production team on 02 9995 0945 to discuss the application process. Read more

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

Industry Development Program

Screen NSW

Industry Development Program

Applications for funding for the 2017/18 financial year will open on Monday 1 May 2017 at 1.00pm and close on Monday 12 June 2017 at Midnight.

The Industry Development Program provides funds to organisations that create professional development opportunities for NSW screen practitioners at various stages of their careers.

Funding is provided for the following activities:

  • one-off or annual events including seminars, conferences, workshops and professional development activities.

Preference will be given to projects that meet Screen NSW strategic objectives and in particular:

  • that increase screen industry professional development opportunities, particularly in Regional NSW and Western Sydney;
  • that meet identified professional development needs of NSW screen practitioners; and
  • that can demonstrate how Screen NSW funding will assist to increase the project’s sustainability.

 

Applying for a grant:

When the round is open, you can apply for a grant here:

Our funding guidelines have been broken down into easy to read steps below.  We also have FAQ’S to answer questions about applying through our online aapplication system.

Please subscribe to our e-news or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates about our programs.

For more information or contact the Stakeholder Relations and Industry Development unit on (02) 9995 0555 or by email to josipa.draisma@screen.nsw.gov.au if you would like to discuss your proposed project. Read more

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

Strategic Opportunities Program

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.

Applying for a grant:

Apply online HERE.

Guidelines are available here.

FAQ’S about using the application form.

Please subscribe to our  e-news or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates about our programs.

For more information or contact the Stakeholder Relations and Industry Development unit on (02) 9995 0934 or by email to industrydevt@screen.nsw.gov.au if you would like to discuss your proposed project. Read more

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

Charlie's

Screen NSW

Charlie’s, is a hub for the Australian screen practitioners in Los Angeles, offering a unique creative workspace for conducting business, collaborating and networking.

Charlie’s, managed by Australians in Film (AiF), is located within the historic Raleigh Studios, the oldest working lot in Hollywood, where Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks made films and frequently played cards.

Screen NSW has access to two “hot desks” at Charlie’s. Please read the Charlie’s eligibility guidelines here first, before you apply here. Read more

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

Emerging Producer Placement (EPP)

Screen NSW

Targeted at emerging producers with a track record in short form content, the EPP will provide producers with a unique opportunity to gain experience with NSW production companies, in addition to working with the Development and Production team at Screen NSW.

In this round, one candidate will be selected and paid to undertake a six month customised program. They will spend the majority of the time with production companies, with additional time at Screen NSW and attending key industry events.

The EPP aims to fast-track career opportunities by matching highly experienced screen industry practitioners with undiscovered emerging producing talent.

Applications are now closed, information on the next round is expected to be announced in July 2017. Read more

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

Screenability

Screen NSW

Screenability NSW is an umbrella program of activities that will deliver on an open-ended policy commitment by Screen NSW to work with industry to grow participation in the screen sector by people with disabilities.

The Screenability NSW Internship Program is a training and paid internship program for people with a disability, who are seeking employment in the film and television industry. The Program features training followed by internships on some of Australia’s most-watched “event” TV shows and highly-anticipated feature films, working with Australia’s leading production companies, broadcasters and streaming services.

The program will create opportunities for people in the technical and creative areas of screen production, including set building, art dept, camera and sound depts, make up and wardrobe, along with writing, producing, admin and production roles, plus editing, sound design, VFX, composing and many more. There will also be opportunities in the programming, scheduling and commissioning departments of partners including Foxtel, Stan and iView.

Prior to starting their internship, each of the eight individuals matched with a production will be provided with bespoke training through the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, developed in consultation with Bus Stop Films.

Internships, attachments and industry placements for emerging practitioners are well-established pathways to employment in the screen sector and we consider this program a critical first step towards working with the NSW government and the screen industry to deliver longer term job placements in the screen production sector.

  Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Disability, Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

SheDoc

Screen NSW

SheDoc is a Documentary Australia Foundation initiative to support female documentary filmmakers, proudly supported by Screen NSW and RØDE Microphones. The fellowship program aims to make a pivotal intervention in a woman’s filmmaking career and is open to women, resident in NSW, working in documentary at any stage of their career and in any key creative role.

This program will benefit women working in lead creative roles in factual and documentaries.

Our aim is to award up to 4 grants a year

  • to encourage new voices;
  • to enable skills to be consolidated or developed;
  • to assist projects to be kickstarted; and
  • to assist in building strategic audience engagement strategies.

By offering funding to facilitate opportunities that are self-directed and of benefit, our aim is to positively intervene in and support women’s filmmaking careers.

SheDoc will support travel, research, mentoring, residencies, skills development, seeding new work and the development of impact strategies using documentary.

SheDoc is not for production funding.

The initiative is funded by private philanthropic support, with funding from Screen NSW and corporate partner RØDE Microphones. In addition to the Fellowship funding, RØDE Microphones will offer each of the SheDoc fellowship recipients audio equipment that best meets their needs. They will also offer consultation and advice to the recipients on audio requirements and techniques. Read more

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

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: 23 May 2017
  • 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

Audience Development Program

Screen NSW

Audience Development Program

Applications for funding for the 2017/18 financial year will open on Monday 1 May 2017 at 1.00pm and close on Monday 12 June 2017 at Midnight.

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.

Preference will be given to projects that meet Screen NSW strategic objectives and in particular:

  • that increase screen audience development, particularly in Regional NSW and Western Sydney; and
  • that can demonstrate how Screen NSW funding will assist to increase the project’s sustainability.

Applying for a grant:

When the round is open, you can apply for a grant here:

Our funding guidelines have been broken down into easy to read steps below.  We also have FAQ’S to answer questions about applying through our online aapplication system.

Please subscribe to our e-news or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates about our programs.

For more information or contact the Stakeholder Relations and Industry Development unit on (02) 9995 0555 or by email to josipa.draisma@screen.nsw.gov.au if you would like to discuss your proposed project. Read more

  • Closing: 12 June 2017
  • Categories: Festivals, Screen Arts / Film, Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

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.

Funding range 

Scholarships are valued at $10,000. Please do not request more or less than this amount in your application.

Your Application

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system.

As soon as you begin an application, Arts NSW will be in touch to provide information to help you plan your scholarship program and complete your application.

Arts NSW is committed to supporting applicants with disability. Information can be provided in alternative formats upon request (i.e. large print or electronic). If you require assistance with your application please contact Arts NSW on the details provided below.

Contact Us

Lachlan Herd, Sector Investment via phone (02) 9995 0646 and email: lachlan.herd@arts.nsw.gov.au

To make a National Relay Service call: 

  • TTY users phone 133677 then ask for (02) 9995 0646
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (02) 9995 0646.

Useful Resources

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  • Closing: 19 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Indigenous, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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 open for applications for the 2018 Creative Fellowships on April 13, 2017 and close July 28.

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 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals