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Advanced Development

What project formats are eligible?

We fund the development of:


We do not fund the development of:

*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:


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:

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:


A script or one-page synopsis

A script or detailed treatment

The series bible, scripts and/or episode outlines


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:


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.



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