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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 initiatives: Go to page


See also:

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