Hot Shots Plus
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.
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.
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.