Eligibility: Writers & works
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It is a requirement that screenplays for all co-productions are credited to nationals of the co-producing countries. This means that non-party nationals cannot be screenwriters for official co-productions.
Subject to the terms of the relevant Arrangement and the agreement of all relevant Competent Authorities, a writer who is not a national or permanent resident of one of the co-producing countries can contribute to the screenplay, provided that the person is not credited as a writer of the screenplay (as that term is understood by the Australian Writers’ Guild or equivalent organisation).
This flexibility can only apply where the relevant co-production Arrangement permits it.
Note that we do not consider the creation of underlying works to be part of the project’s production, so there is no problem with non-party nationals being credited in such a manner as ‘story by’ or ‘based on the novel by’, for example. This means that you can option a work from outside the co-producing countries, including countries where there is no Arrangement in place.