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Applications open for travel grants to attend WCSFP

Screen Australia is offering travel grants for producers travelling to this year's World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP), which is being held in December in Montreal, Canada.

The WCSFP is a member-run organisation representing science and other factual producers and broadcasters around the world. The 2013 host broadcaster is Discovery. The congress will feature a program of workshops, networking events, pitching sessions and panels. In 2012, 605 members from 26 countries travelled to Washington for the 20th anniversary event. Of these attendees, 85 per cent advised that they had advanced their projects in development as a result of being at the congress.

Applicants can apply for up to $5,000 towards their travel expenses. Producers must have a reasonable body of completed, produced and released projects, commensurate with their level of experience. Additionally, they must have at least two active projects in development. In the case of more experienced producers, a slate of projects is preferable, at least one of which has secured 25 per cent of its budget.

The International Markets application form is available on the Screen Australia website, along with travel assistance guidelines outlining all eligibility criteria.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 9 October 2013. More information about the WCSFP is available on its website.