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feature film Budget ranges

Proportions of films in various budget ranges (2015 dollars), 1990/91–2014/15

Next update March 2017


2010/11–2014/15: Feature films shot July 2010 to June 2015

 

Percentage of features in these ranges
Graph: Proportion of films in various budget ranges, 1990/91–2014/15. Table below has the data.

In the five years from 2010/11 to 2014/15, the proportion of Australian features produced for less than $3 million (in 2015 dollars) was 53 per cent, slightly above the preceding decade. However, the proportion of features produced for budgets of over $6 million has fallen from 32 per cent in the 2000s to 26 per cent over the last five years.

In the 1990s, 70 per cent of foreign feature films shooting in Australia had budgets in excess of $20 million. This fell to 48 per cent in the 2000s. In the first five years of the current decade, only 24 per cent of foreign features have had budgets over $20 million. The proportion of foreign features in the $10 –20 million range has risen to 20 per cent, up from 5 per cent in the 2000s.

  Australian productions2 Foreign productions3 All productions
No. titles 159 25 184
Budget range1
Less than $1m 20% 4% 18%
$1–3m 33% 15% 30%
$3–6m 22% 24% 22%
$6–10m 11% 12% 11%
$10–20m 11% 20% 12%
More than $20m 4% 24% 7%

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. Adjusted using the non-farm GDP deflator; base year 2014/15.
2. Productions under Australian creative control, including domestic productions, official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control, i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions.
3. Productions under foreign creative control with a substantial amount shot in Australia. Does not include foreign productions undertaking PDV only work in Australia.

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2000/01–2009/10: Feature films shot July 2000 to June 2010

In the decade between 2000/01 and 2009/10, 49 per cent of Australian features were produced for budgets of less than $3 million (in 2015 dollars), a slightly higher proportion than the 1990s, when 40 per cent were in this range. The proportion of Australian features made for budgets of more than $6 million remained similar – 36 per cent in the 1990s and 33 per cent over the following decade.

The budgets for foreign features made here tended to be higher. Between 2000/01 and 2009/10, 53 per cent of foreign features had budgets of $10 million or more.

In the 1990s, foreign feature budgets were concentrated in the upper ranges. In the first decade of the 2000s, the number of foreign productions increased significantly across the board, and in particular titles originating in Asia (principally India). Almost half still had budgets over $20 million, but 41 per cent had budgets under $6 million.

  Australian productions2 Foreign productions3 All productions
No. titles 306 61 367
Budget range1
Less than $1m 23% 7% 20%
$1–3m 26% 21% 25%
$3–6m 19% 13% 18%
$6–10m 18% 7% 16%
$10–20m 8% 5% 7%
More than $20m 7% 48% 14%

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. Adjusted using the non-farm GDP deflator; base year 2014/15
2. Productions under Australian creative control, including domestic productions, official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control, i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions.
3. Productions under foreign creative control with a substantial amount shot in Australia. Does not include foreign productions undertaking PDV only work in Australia.

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1990/91–1999/00: Feature films shot July 1990 to June 2000

During the 1990s, 40 per cent of Australian films were made for budgets of less than $3 million (in 2015 dollars). During the same period, 70 per cent of the foreign productions shot here had budgets greater than $20 million; none had budgets under $3 million.

 

  Australian productions2 Foreign productions3 All productions
No. titles 268 27 295
Budget range1
Less than $1m 13% 0% 13%
$1–3m 27% 0% 24%
$3–6m 24% 7% 23%
$6–10m 26% 4% 22%
$10–20m 6% 19% 7%
More than $20m 4% 70% 10%

 

Source: Screen Australia.

Notes:
Figures may not total exactly due to rounding.
1. Adjusted using the ‘non-farm GDP deflator; base year 2014/15.
2. Productions under Australian creative control, including domestic productions, official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control, i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions.
3. Productions under foreign creative control with a substantial amount shot in Australia. Does not include foreign productions undertaking PDV only work in Australia.

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