Big Stories, Small Towns

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 Documentary programs, commitment from a broadcaster is generally required, in the form of a minimum licence fee.



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.


Read more General information for applicants

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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Check out the latest
Documentary approvals and Screen Australia supported programs currently screening.


Documentary programs open for applications

Screen Australia's documentary programs are currently under review. Find out more.

However, the existing guidelines will remain in place for the rest of 2014, and applications are now being accepted.

Deadlines as follows:


Free call: 1800 507 901
Email documentary


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.