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Funding programs

Producer program

Who: For one-off or series documentaries intended for public release with a total budget of at least $125,000 per hour (or $125,000 in total per project). The creative team responsible for the project must include one producer, director or writer who has at least two ‘eligible credits’ in their respective role. 
What: Any amount up to $750,000 may be requested.
Guidelines: Go to page

Commissioned program

Who: Programs of at least a commercial half-hour in duration, with a minimum budget of $250,000 per hour, and be intended for distribution via a Commissioning Platform with the required presale confirmed.
What: Up to $1 million may be requested.
Guidelines: Go to page

Producer equity program

Who: The program provides a direct payment of funds to producers of eligible low-budget Australian documentaries, equal to 20 per cent of the approved budget. Projects are not assessed beyond establishing eligibility.
What: Up to $100,000.
Guidelines: Go to page

Special initiativeS

Screen Australia can allocate Documentary funds to special initiatives. These initiatives leverage finance from third parties in order to grow the funding pool available to practitioners, or to otherwise advance digital storytelling activities and talent escalation.
Current and Past Initiatives: Go to page

THE Guardian and Screen Australia Online documentary initiative

The Guardian and Screen Australia have once again teamed up for an Online Documentary Initiative and are calling for proposals from Australian filmmakers.

The Initiative will commission up to two short documentaries of 15 to 30 minutes in length, directed and produced by Australian filmmakers. The content can be local or international. The films will premiere on one of the world’s leading news sites theguardian.com.
Guidelines: Go to page

See also:

If you are an Indigenous documentary maker, check out our Indigenous documentary programs: