Documentaries

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Screen Australia's investment
in documentaries aims to engage audiences with Australian culture, identity and an Australian viewpoint on the world.

Except for the Signature and Multi-platform Documentary programs, commitment from a broadcaster is generally required, in the form of a minimum licence fee.

 

IN THIS SECTION:

applying for funding


Applicants and projects must meet the general eligibility requirements set out in Screen Australia's Terms of Trade, as well as the specific requirements of these guidelines.

 

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Find out about Doing business with us, including our Terms of Trade, the contracting process, and what to do if your project involves Indigenous content or participation.

 

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Documentary approvals and Screen Australia supported programs currently screening.

 

ENQUIRIES

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NEW MULTI-PLATFORM PRODUCTION PROGRAM

7 November 2013: With the additional Australian Government funds for digital production announced earlier in the year, interactive documentaries will now be supported through a separate Multi-platform Documentary Production program instead of the Signature program.  The first deadline under the new program is 17 March 2014.
Find out more.

PRODUCER EQUITY PROGRAM

Producers of eligible low-budget documentaries with approved budget/finance plans of $500,000 or less in total can apply for a direct payment of funds equal to 20 per cent of the approved budget through the Producer Equity Program (updated guidelines and application form available).

What is a documentary?

For the purposes of its funding guidelines, Screen Australia will have regard to the guidelines compiled by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). These guidelines are available on the ACMA website.

documentary features

Screen Australia will consider financing documentaries designed for theatrical release on a case-by-case basis.

Applications should be made through the Feature film program.