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Funding Approvals
2019–2020 development funding

PREMIUM

EMPTY EMPIRE
Corrie Chen

Genre Drama
Director Corrie Chen
Writers Corrie Chen, Penelope Chai
Synopsis After the death of her mother, a biracial woman travels to a mysterious city in China to track down her long-absent father. Instead, she finds an emerald metropolis inhabited by only a handful of guardians, all waiting for the great and powerful wushi to turn the city into a home.

HEARTS OF STONE
Full Circle Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
 Drama
Producer Stuart Quin
Executive Producer Stuart Quin
Writer Shirley Pierce
Synopsis A diverse group of lawyers of many races and creeds work to free people of colour falsely charged with murder.

HOW TO PLEASE A WOMAN
Feisty Dame Productions Pty Ltd
Genre
 Comedy, Drama
Writer/Director Renée Webster
Producers Tania Chambers, Judi Levine
Synopsis When her all-male house-cleaning business gets out of control, a mature woman must embrace her own sexuality, if she is to make a new life for herself.

PETEY
Ludo Studio Pty Ltd
Genre
 Comedy, Science fiction
Writer/Director Daley Pearson
Executive Producers Charlie Aspinwall, Daley Pearson, Nick Boshier
Synopsis Twenty-five years after a daring, cheeky boy became best-friends-forever with a stranded extraterrestrial, the alien is back with a whole lotta baggage and its ready to start a kraktix (translation: family).

THE LAIRDBALOR
Asphodel Films
Genre Family, Fantasy
Writer/Director Nicholas Verso
Synopsis When an anxious young boy runs away from his estranged parents, he tumbles into a strange parallel world populated by creatures born from childhood nightmares. With only 13 hours to get home, he must brave the personifications of all his greatest fears come to life...or remain trapped for eternity.

TIME TRAP
Hopscotch Features 
Genre
 Action adventure, Comedy, Science fiction
Writer/Director Michael Shanks
Producers Andrew Mason, Maeva Gatineau, Troy Lum
Synopsis When an intergalactic traveller becomes stranded on the long-abandoned Earth, he joins forces with a teenage girl also lost in time, as they both try to return home.

GENERATE

PETROL
Arenamedia
Genre
 Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Writer/Director Alena Lodkina
Producer Kate Laurie
Synopsis As Aurelia begins her film studies in Melbourne, she is reminded by her migrant parents to value her freedom to pursue her creative ambitions. When she falls under the influence of a charismatic performance artist Mia, Aurelia’s ideas of what freedom means are profoundly challenged.

THE BORDER
Eryk Lenartowicz

Genre Comedy, Drama, Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Science fiction
Writers Eryk Lenartowicz, Yvette Underwood
Director Eryk Lenartowicz
Synopsis Humanity is reduced to the last city left on Earth, absurdly overpopulated. It is entirely surrounded by a forest, inhabited by a mysterious creature that feeds off human sacrifices to maintain population balance. Matylda (32) a shy and low-ranking government worker illegally falls pregnant after an awkward one-night stand. In order to avoid punishment she is forced to confront her reality, and question the value of life.

THE MOOGAI
Causeway Films HQ Pty Ltd and No Coincidence Media Pty Ltd

Genre Horror, Thriller
Producers Kristina Ceyton, Samantha Jennings, Mitchell Stanley
Writer/Director Jon Bell
Synopsis The Moogai is the story of a family terrorised by a child-stealing spirit.