Eligibility: Feature films and distribution
- A feature film is the only format which receives a 40 per cent Producer Offset.
A feature film must be made for screening as the main attraction in commercial cinemas. As such, it should be at least 60 minutes in length (or 45 minutes for large-format, such as IMAX). A feature film may be an animated feature film or a documentary.
As a guide, applicants should plan to earn a significant proportion of the film’s revenue from the theatrical box office, whether that is in Australia or elsewhere.
Factors that are relevant in determining whether a project is a feature film and is produced for exhibition to the public in cinemas are:
- a draft or executed bona fide deal memo, letter of offer, or long form agreement for an Australian theatrical release with a credible theatrical distributor (acting on an arm’s length basis)
- financial contribution to the project’s budget from the distributor, such as a distribution advance or guarantee, commensurate with the total budget
- a financial commitment towards prints & advertising made by the distributor
- a marketing plan that includes theatrical release and demonstrates a realistic pathway to a cinema audience
- financial contribution from an arm’s length investor made on the basis of the project being a feature film
- evidence that all cast are engaged under the relevant performers' contracts with appropriate buy-outs of residual rights consistent with a feature film
- a finance plan and budget, including theatrical delivery items, consistent with that of a feature film
- the track record of the distributor in the theatrical distribution of feature films in Australia, particularly the distribution of Australian feature films
- the track record of the producer, director, writer and other principals in producing feature films that have received a successful theatrical release in Australia, and
- the attachment of an international sales agent and any international theatrical pre-sales.
In all cases, the film must be a normal full-length feature film of a type commonly shown in commercial cinemas, and produced in a format suitable for theatrical screening in a commercial cinema. Cinema-on-demand or ‘four-walled’ arrangements may not be satisfactory.