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Funding programs

STORY DEVELOPMENT: Generate

Who: New, emerging or experienced screen content creators who demonstrate an ability and passion for storytelling combined with a distinctive and authentic creative voice.
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What: Funding for a lower budget series or one-off long form drama project for any platform. Budget thresholds are:

  • Online one-off or series - under $10,000 per minute.
  • Extended Reality - under $15,000 per minute.
  • One-off or series for a Commissioning Platform - under $1.3 million per hour.
  • Feature Films - under $3 million.

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STORY DEVELOPMENT: Premium

Who: Screen content creators who have a significant track record/production credits on projects that have commercial success and/or critical acclaim.
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What: Funding for a higher budget series or one-off long form drama project of ambition and scale for any platform. Budget thresholds are:

  • Online one-off or series - over $10,000 per minute.
  • Extended Reality - over $15,000 per minute.
  • One-off or series for a Commissioning Platform - at least $1.3 million per hour. We may prioritise series of longer lengths (8 broadcast hours or more).
  • Feature Films - at least $3 million.

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STORY DEVELOPMENT: PREMIUM PLUS

Who: Funding support for late-stage production costs of higher budget productions that are close to being production-ready and are likely to be in a position to move into production swiftly when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. These projects will also need to demonstrate firm market interest and have a robust and realistic finance plan.
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What: Late-stage development costs which can include whatever the project and team need to best make the project production ready, including, but not limited to: budget and schedule, First AD, HODs, casting director, locations manager or other crew as and if appropriate.
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SNAPCHAT + SCreen AUSTRALIA INitiative

Who: Filmmaking teams with high end scripted narrative projects suitable for Snapchat’s vertical aspect ratio and target audience.
What: Up to two teams will be chosen to attend a development workshop with Screen Australia and Snapchat in Los Angeles, and receive up to AU$15,000 to develop their project. Upon further approval, up to two projects will be funded for production to premiere on Snapchat.
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Past Initiatives

View past guidelines for special television and online development initiatives.

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