Brian Beaton Award

Applications close Monday, 14 September 2020 at 5:00pm AWST

The Brian Beaton Award is awarded annually to a filmmaker/s who have 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 Western Australian residents 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 and in-kind support.

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

Applications will be accepted through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal, with application forms going live on Monday, 13 July 2020.

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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.

Apply for the Matched Development Investment Fund through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal.

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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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Elevate and Elevate+

Applications closed 08 June 2020 at 5:00 PM

Elevate is a capability development program providing support for the development and production of scripted short films (live action, animation or web-series), through two funding strands – Elevate and Elevate+.

Its purpose is to provide a calling-card for early to mid-career Western Australian filmmakers, through a multi-phased program involving high-level script and project development prior to moving into production.

Successful projects / teams will have access to specialised script and project development; and be required to attend development workshops/sessions.

In 2020, for the first-time, Elevate+ teams will also receive development funding for an attached long form project.

In line with Screenwest’s Indigenous Screen Strategy 2016-2020, and Screenwest’s Diversity Equity Inclusion Plan, Elevate+ will support at least one project with an Indigenous director and at least one project with a director or writer who identifies as CALD, LGBTQIA+ or as living with a disability.

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

Applications open on Monday, 18 May 2020.

Applications will close on Monday, 8 June 2020 at 5:00pm AWST.

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West Coast Re-Visioned

Applications closed 11 May 2020 at 5:00 PM

Screenwest’s West Coast Visions initiative is a screen industry talent development and production program that provides funding for low budget features to be produced in Western Australia. Its primary goal is to offer first time feature film directors their first theatrical feature film credit.

In 2020 to build from the success of Screenwest’s talent development programs, the West Coast Visions initiative has now been redesigned to incorporate a six-month intensive development period. This model ensures fast tracking the development of a number of teams and projects at once, rather than just one team.

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

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Documentary Development Investment Fund

Applications closed 14 April 2020 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.

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Feature Track: Scripted Development Fund

Applications closed 06 April 2020 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.

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Small Screen: Scripted Development Investment Fund

Applications closed 24 February 2020 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.

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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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