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Share of titles and total budgets by type of co-production

To date the largest proportion of co-productions have been feature films, accounting for 35 per cent of all titles made and 46 per cent of total production budgets.

Live-action TV drama accounts for around a quarter of titles and a third of budgets, and animation around 20 per cent.

Documentaries have made up 18 per cent of titles, but only 3 per cent of total budgets, reflecting the generally lower budget levels of documentaries over drama formats.

Productions with Canada have primarily been TV programs (particularly animation), while Australia/UK co-productions have chiefly been feature films, and activity with France has been mixed.

Share of titles and total budgets by type of co-production

Co-productions by type over time

Feature films have not only made up the largest proportion of co-production activity, they have also been the most consistently produced. Since 1986, there have been only 6 years without at least one feature co-production commencing production.

TV drama has also had a consistent presence, with only eight out of the last 31 years with no co-production titles. However numbers have dropped over the last 16 years, coinciding with a growth in animation co-productions, an outcome of the increased co-incidence of children's programs in the co-production slate.

The first TV animation co-production (L'il Elvis Jones and the Truckstopperswith France) was produced in 1995/96. 2006 to 2008 were peak years for animation activity.

Co-productions by type over time.

Source: Screen Australia. All figures are in Australian dollars, not adjusted for inflation.