Brian Beaton Award

Applications closed 05 August 2019 at 5:00 PM

In recognition of the valuable contribution made to the screen industry in Western Australia by esteemed producer Brian Beaton, and to honour his memory, the Brian Beaton Award is awarded annually to a filmmaker/s who has a current social impact project that needs further support to reach its full potential.  A social impact project is one that has the potential to contribute positively to the community and instigate social change.

The Award is open to current West Australian resident/s of any level of experience who have a current factual social impact project in active development, or that has been recently produced for broadcast, theatrical or online distribution, including VR and interactive projects. Support is available for development and/or production, or an outreach campaign to enhance the social impact.

The Brian Beaton Award is a financial grant comprised of Screenwest funding, Industry and Private donations.

Applications close Monday, 5 August 2019 at 5:00pm AWST.

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Documentary Development Investment Fund

Applications closed 22 July 2019 at 5:00 PM

The Documentary Development Investment Fund is designed to support Western Australian companies and individuals by investing in the development of documentary and factual programming.

There are a minimum of two rounds per financial year. Successful applicants may be offered up to a maximum of $25,000 per application.

All program guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the Screenwest Terms of Trade.

Applications close Monday, 22 July 2019 at 5:00pm AWST.

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Small Screen: Scripted Development Investment Fund

Applications closed 09 September 2019 at 5:00 PM

Small Screen is a development initiative that offers new, emerging and experienced Western Australian storytellers the opportunity to get their scripted series ready for market.

The initiative is designed as a precursor to Screenwest’s Matched Development fund and is part of Screenwest’s overall strategic objective to increase the number of dramas and comedy series commissioned from Western Australia for the small screen (television, streaming service or web content).

The initiative has two stages/funding streams:

  • Stage One: Concept Development
  • Stage Two: Series Development

Applications are open for Stage One and Stage Two. All program guidelines are to be read in conjunction with Screenwest’s Terms of Trade.

Applications close Monday, 9 September 2019 at 5:00pm AWST.

 

Next round:

  • Monday, 3 February 2020: Second round opens for Stage One and Two
  • Monday, 24 February 2020: Applications close for second round Stage One and Two
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Feature Track: Scripted Development Fund

Applications closed 02 September 2019 at 5:00 PM

Feature Film Development Track provides project development funding to Western Australian scripted features at various milestones for up to one year.

Successful applicants will work toward quality, distinctive, feature film projects with strong Western Australian outcomes that are capable of reaching their target audience and attracting further investment and/or market interest.

Projects are assessed at each milestone by a panel including the relevant Screenwest Project Manager and external industry experts. Feedback will be provided to successful applicants at each assessment/ milestone stage.

All program guidelines are to be read in conjunction with Screenwest’s Terms of Trade.

Applications close Monday, 2 September 2019 at 5:00pm AWST.

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Fast Pitch: Matched Development Initiative

Applications closed 16 September 2019 at 5:00 PM

Universal and Screenwest are offering a one-off exclusive opportunity for a Western Australian writer to secure a development and first look option deal with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group (UPHE Content Group).

The recipient will receive up to a total of $20,000 in development support towards a scripted feature film project. UPHE Content Group will have the first option to produce and distribute the film in Australia. The aim of the initiative is to provide market-based development so that once the script is ready, it can fast track into financing and production.

First round of shortlisted applicants will be required to pitch their projects to UPHE Content Group. Applicants who make it through to the next stage will then have four weeks to re-work and further develop their one-page pitch document. UPHE Content
Group will work directly with the shortlisted applicants to provide them with additional story development guidance during this time.

All program guidelines are to be read in conjunction with Screenwest’s Terms of Trade.

Applications close Monday, 16 September 2019 at 5:00pm AWST

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On-Demand Content Fund

Applications can be submitted at any time

The On-Demand Content Fund aims to support the production of exceptional online, interactive, virtual reality and or/multiplatform projects with well defined narratives and significant market attachment. Applicants can apply for up to $100,000 through this fund.

The On-Demand Content Fund has consolidated and simplified the pre-existing Digital Funding programs. On line content producers now have the option of applying through this fund or Documentary or Drama Investment Production Funds. Over the next six months there will be a review of funding available for online content with the aim to integrating it into mainstream development and production funding.

In the interim, applications for this fund will be accepted at any time, however they must have confirmed market and/or financing partners on board to be eligible.

All program guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Screenwest Terms of Trade found here.

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Matched Development Investment Fund

Applications can be submitted at any time

Matched Development Investment funding is designed to support Western Australian companies or individuals that have secured project development funding from a nationally or internationally recognised broadcaster or distributor.

The applicant must provide a suitable letter of commitment from the broadcaster/distributor and an appropriate development plan and budget.

All program guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the Screenwest Terms of Trade.

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Emergency Development Investment Fund

Applications can be submitted at any time

Provides time critical investment funds to further develop a project for production in Western Australia, where the applicant can demonstrate exceptional circumstances for it to be assessed outside of ordinary project development funding deadlines. Please refer to Emergency Development Investment Fund Guidelines below for more information on how to apply.

All program guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Screenwest Terms of Trade found here.

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West Coast Visions

Applications closed 01 April 2019 at 5:00 PM

Screenwest’s West Coast Visions initiative is a screen industry development program that provides production funding for low budget features that are to be produced in Western Australia.

Screenwest is committed to creating a development pathway for Western Australian creative teams. Screenwest invests $750,000 of production funding into one low budget feature film intended for theatrical release each year under the West Coast Visions initiative.

West Coast Visions is designed to uncover, inspire and develop local talent and skills. The initiative supports talented and motivated writer/director/producer teams with distinctive visions who can best utilise this initiative to fulfil their professional potential.

To be competitive, applicants will need a well-developed, budget-savvy and marketable feature film surrounded by a team that can deliver the creative and logistical challenges of the project submitted.

The applicant team must include at least one Western Australian key creative (i.e producer, director or writer) credited in this position for the first time on a theatrically released feature film.

All program guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the Screenwest Terms of Trade found here.

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Generate Initiative

Applications closed 14 January 2019 at 5:00 PM

Generate is a skills development program providing support for early-career Western Australian filmmakers to make imaginative drama, comedy and animated short films or web series pilots.

The objective of Generate is to give talented new-comers to the screen industry, or new-comers to directing, a chance to take their skills to the next level.

In 2018-19, two short films of 5 to 10 minutes in length each will be funded.

All program guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Screenwest Terms of Trade.

All application materials must be submitted by 5:00pm WST on Monday, 14 January 2019.

Application Materials

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Elevate Short Form Development and Production Initiative

Applications closed 14 January 2019 at 5:00 PM

Elevate is multi-phased, involving high-level script and project development prior to moving into production.

The program consists of two strands, Elevate30 and Elevate70, both of which have a diversity element again highlighting Screenwest’s commitment to its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan and ensuring access opportunities to all WA practitioners.

In line with Screenwest’s Indigenous Screen Strategy 2016 – 2020, and Screenwest’s Diversity Equity Inclusion Plan 2018-2019 each Elevate strand will support at least one project with an Indigenous director and at least one project with a key creative (writer/director/producer) who identifies as CALD, LGBTQIA+ or as having a Disability.

Emerging filmmaker teams (producer, director, writer) will apply directly to Screenwest.

The selected Executive Producer will participate in the selection of the projects and be involved in the contracting and development process with each of the successful projects. They will also be responsible for overseeing the delivery of the productions.

All program guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Screenwest Terms of Trade.

All application materials must be submitted by 5:00pm WST on Monday, 14 January 2019.

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Expression of Interest - Executive Producer - Elevate and Generate Initiatives

Applications closed 03 December 2018 at 5:00 PM

Screenwest is seeking expressions of interest from Western Australian producers, production companies or organisations to oversee projects to be produced through Screenwest’s 2018-19 Elevate and Generate Initiatives.

Screenwest will select a successful applicant to act in the role of Executive Producer through the production and delivery of up to eight (8) scripted short films or web series.

Screenwest’s Elevate & Generate initiatives provide support for the development and production of scripted short films and web series.

Both are designed to develop creative and technical filmmaking skills as well as provide a calling-card for early to mid-career Western Australian filmmakers.

All guidelines should be read in conjunction with the Screenwest Terms of Trade.

All application materials must be submitted by 5:00pm WST on Monday, 3 December 2018.

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