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Funding programs

Indigenous Feature Development

Who: Writers or teams with demonstrated experience and an idea they wish to explore in the longer feature format
What: Up to $30,000, or up to $35,000 if a producer is attached
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Indigenous TV Drama Development

Who: Writers or teams with demonstrated experience and a strong TV drama idea; supports the creation of appropriate written and/or visual materials to ensure projects are as strong as possible when competing for production finance
What: Up to $30,000 for one-off projects and up to $35,000 for series
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Indigenous Documentary Development

Who: Individual practitioners or teams with some experience; emerging practitioners are encouraged to apply
What: Up to $30,000 for one-off, feature-length documentaries; up to $30,000 for series; and up to $20,000 for television one-hour documentaries
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International finance

Who: Australian projects with a very high level of international commercial appeal to leverage international partnerships and finance.
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What: Funding of $3,000 - $15,000 for long form drama and documentary projects on any platform which are market ready, have undergone a successful development process and can demonstrate development funding from an arm’s length commercial partner.

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The Indigenous Department may also allocate funds to initiatives designed to address specific objectives. This includes short drama and documentary initiatives providing opportunities for talented Indigenous filmmakers and storytellers in other media to develop their skills and experience as a stepping stone to longer formats and more sustainable careers. Find out more

See also

Indigenous filmmakers can apply to any Screen Australia program – not just the funding programs of the Indigenous Department. See what's on offer: