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International marketing support: PITCHING EVENTS/TALENT LABS

For attendance by producers selected for key pitching events in order for them to secure finance, production and marketplace partners for Australian projects, and/or for key creatives invited to talent labs for professional development and building international industry networks.

For International Strategic Delegations such as Content London and Talent USA, please refer to the International Strategic Delegations guidelines.

What funding is available?

Applicants can apply for an amount up to the stated maximum, supported by a budget for up to $3,000 unless otherwise indicated.

The applicant and applicant’s company may receive only one grant to attend eligible events in a 12-month period other than in exceptional circumstances.

Note: current recipients of funding through Screen Australia’s Enterprise programs may be precluded from requesting funds to support international travel. Contact Screen Australia if this applies to you.

Who can apply?

All applicants and projects must meet the general eligibility criteria in our Terms of Trade. In addition the event must be an eligible event listed below.

Eligible pitching events for producers

*covers any Australian project invited to Drama Producers Pitch, Kids Live Action Pitch, Short Form Drama Series Pitch, Digital Short Form Series Pitch, MipFormats International Pitch

Eligible labs for producers or directors

  • TIFF Talent Lab for directors
  • Berlinale Talents for producers or directors

Eligible events have been chosen to ensure that Screen Australia’s support is as strategic as possible and the best use is made of available funds.

On exceptional occasions, at the discretion of Screen Australia, an event not on the current list may be considered, if it has grown in significance and/or offers unique commercial opportunities.

Proof of selection must be provided.

What's the process?

Applications can be made at any time through the Application Portal after the receipt of invitation. Applications must be submitted at least three weeks before the start date of the event.

The following materials must be included in your application:

  • Proof of selection / invitation by the event
  • A proposal that includes:
  • Intended meeting and activity list for the event with strategy and desired outcomes
  • If applicable, details on project/ slate of projects being pitched. This should include for each title: the stage of development or production; the budget and the currently secured finance; and any secured key creatives and marketplace attachments.
  • One page CV, including recent credits. Please include details of any commercial, major festival or awards success for each completed title.
  • Budget: that covers the costs of the international travel, accommodation, registration, per diems and other costs

The turnaround time for application decisions is approximately three weeks. 

Eligible applications will be considered by a Screen Australia staff member and/or industry specialists as required.

Funding decisions will be made against the following criteria:

  • The strategy for the event including planned activities, meetings and outcomes 
  • The strength of the applicant’s CV, including relevant and recent credits and industry experience and their experience pertinent to the event 
  • The suitability and viability of the applicant’s slate or project for the event 

Other factors, including availability of funds and the gender and cultural diversity of the team, may also influence Screen Australia’s decisions. 

Decisions on applications are final. Screen Australia will advise applicants in writing of the outcome.

Terms of funding

Funding through this program is provided as a grant.

Recipients are required to provide a written report detailing the outcomes of the funding.

Important: Applications cannot be made retrospectively.