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Upcoming multiplatform documentary and drama rounds

Revised guidelines for our multiplatform programs have now been released in draft form.

We are keen for industry feedback by 1 March and expect to release final guidelines on 11 March. Screen Australia is also encouraging practitioners who might wish to apply to these programs to start preparing their project documentation, as the first deadlines are fast approaching.

The deadline for Signature Documentary (was 1 March) has been extended to 22 March in order to open up the round to applicants under the revised guidelines, and the first deadline under the new Multiplatform Drama Production program is 12 April.

Screen Australia proposes to distribute funding through these programs in the first 12 months as follows:

  • $2–3 million through Multiplatform Drama Production, supporting individual multiplatform drama projects including innovative broadcast and online projects; targeted funds will also support multiplatform extensions for appropriate Screen Australia–funded film and television projects
  • up to $2 million through Signature Documentary, expanded with an additional $500,000 to incorporate interactive and multiplatform projects as well as distinctive linear projects, supporting bold documentary storytelling for online and mobile platforms as well as big-screen film festivals.

This funding was previously provided through Screen Australia’s former multiplatform programs and does not include the $20 million over three years earmarked specifically for games. The entire suite of new and revised interactive and multiplatform programs comprises Games Production, Games Enterprise, Multiplatform Drama Production, and Signature Documentary (including multiplatform production), with funds also set aside for sector development initiatives.

Interested Multiplatform Drama and Signature Documentary applicants who require more information should email Screen Australia.