FEATURE FILMS PRODUCTION AND COMPLETION / POST-PRODUCTION closing 17 February 2017

Screen Australia’s Feature Film Production program aims to support a diverse slate of Australian films for theatrical release that entertain and enlighten domestic and international audiences while reflecting the unique characteristics of Australian identity.

The program is open to films of any budget size, including low-budget projects and projects that require completion funding. Marketplace attachments are required, but they are not the only elements taken into consideration when Screen Australia makes funding decisions.

Documentary projects, including theatrical or feature-length documentaries, are not eligible under this program. Refer to their Documentary programs.

To be considered for Screen Australia production funding, a project must demonstrate that all other finance is in place at time of application. However, producers may apply for a Screen Australia Letter of Interest at an earlier stage.

WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?

Screen Australia will not contribute more than 65 per cent of the total budget, inclusive of any Producer Offset amount. (Please note: in certain exceptional circumstances total funding can go as high as 75 per cent at the Board’s discretion).

Further, Screen Australia investment is capped at $2 million to a single theatrical feature film through this program unless there are exceptional circumstances.

For official co-productions the 65 per cent cap applies only to the Australian components of the budget.

Important: If you are applying for over $500,000 you must be able to provide a Producer Offset Provisional Certificate which supports your finance plan and (where relevant) Provisional Co-production approval (no more than two years old) before the decision meeting at which your Production Investment application will be considered. If you are applying for $500,000 or less you do not need to have lodged an application for your Producer Offset Provisional Certificate at the time of applying to the funding round unless specifically requested. However, if you are approved for funding you will need to lodge your application and receive your certification prior to contract execution.

Producer Offset and co-production provisional approvals must not be more than two years old (from the date of your application for production investment). If approvals were granted over two years ago, a re- assessment by the Producer Offset and Co-production Unit will be required before Screen Australia can accept the application. See Producer Offset or  Co-production Program.

Low-budget feature films: For feature films which are intended to be produced with a total production budget under $1.5 million, Screen Australia may exercise flexibility in the application of these guidelines, particularly in relation to marketplace components.

GENDER MATTERS ATTACHMENT SCHEME

Screen Australia is running a pilot attachment program in the financial year 2016-17 under the Gender Matters Initiative.

Participation is automatic for productions that apply for more than $500,000 investment from Screen Australia across scripted drama projects (Feature and General & Children’s TV).

If the Screen Australia ask in your finance plan is over $500,000 please access the Gender Matters Attachment Scheme Information for Producers here.

COMPLETION/POST-PRODUCTION FUNDING

Applications for completion/post-production funding can now be submitted at any time using the online application portal available via the website. Completion/post-production applications must meet the same eligibility requirements as applications for production funding.

Maximum turnaround time for application decisions is approximately 4–6 weeks.

Completion funding is capped at $250,000.

For more information (source) >>> Screen Australia’s Feature Film Production program

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