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Screen Arts / Film Grants

Strategic Opportunities Program

Screen NSW

Supports individual initiatives and events that demonstrate long-term benefits to the NSW screen industry. Read more

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

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

Regional Filming Fund

Screen NSW

For filmmakers that intend to film for at least one week or more in any part of regional NSW. Assistance to offset the costs associated with filming in regional areas. Read more

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

Festival Travel Fund

Screen NSW

Assistance for filmmakers to attend international festivals and markets. Read more

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

Producer Extension Scheme

Screen NSW

Training in development and production finance for 2 emerging producers each year. Read more

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

Emerging Filmmakers Fund

Screen NSW

Supports talented emerging filmmakers in NSW by funding the production and post-production of short films. Read more

  • Closing: 19 January 2015
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Production Finance

Screen NSW

Investment in a number of productions each year to encourage a high level of quality productions in NSW and to ensure employment for NSW creative teams and crews. Read more

  • Closing: 6 March 2015
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Industry Development Fund

Screen NSW

This grant is closed for 2015 and will re-open in April 2016.

Grants to screen-based organisations that provide opportunities for professional development opportunities for screen practitioners throughout their career paths. Available for one-off or annual events (single purpose) or a complex program of pd activities (multi-purpose) funding. Read more

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

Audience Development Fund

Screen NSW

This grant is closed for 2015 and will re-open in April 2016.

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. Read more

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

Emerging Filmmakers Fund

The Emerging Filmmakers Fund supports new and emerging filmmakers in NSW by funding the production and post-production of short form projects. Read more

  • Closing: 31 July 2015
  • 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

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. Read more

  • Closing: 2 September 2016
  • 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

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

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