Documentary and TV Development

Applications close 5:00pm, 9 October 2017

Applications for the first round of Documentary and Television Development investment funding for 2017-18 are now open. This fund is designed to support Western Australian companies and individuals by investing in the development of factual programming and scripted television series.

Successful applicants may be offered up to $25,000 per application. The level of Screenwest’s funding commitment will be determined by the assessment process and the total demand on available funds.

Applications close Monday, 09 October 2017 at 5:00pm.

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

For enquiries about all Factual Projects, contact Nathan Gibbs Screenwest, Factual Executive on (08) 6169 2116 or nathan.gibbs@screenwest.com.au.

For enquiries about Scripted Projects, contact Alan Payne Screenwest, Development Coordinator on (08) 6169 2111 or alan.payne@screenwest.com.au

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Feature Film Development Track

Applications close 5:00pm, 16 October 2017

The Feature Film Development Track Fund provides project development funding to Western Australian scripted features at various milestones for up to one consecutive 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 Screenwest Development Coordinator and external industry experts. Feedback is provided to successful applicants at each stage.

Successful applicant(s) may be offered up to a maximum of $25,000 per assessment /milestone stage. Successful applicants may apply for additional funding at up to three subsequent milestones to a limit of $50,000 over the course of the track year. Projects will be assessed by Screenwest Management and two external assessors at agreed upon milestones (specific to each project’s needs). This panel has absolute discretion at any time to remove a project from the track, if it has not progressed sufficiently.

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

 

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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

Provides matched funding for projects that have received a development investment from a nationally or internationally recognised broadcaster or distributor. The Producer must present a suitable letter of agreement from the broadcaster/distributor as part of the application. Please refer to the Matched Development Investment Guidelines below for more information on how to apply.

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

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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 Short Form Development and Production Initiative

Applications closed 11 July 2017 at 5:00 PM

The Elevate initiative is a skills development program providing support for the development and production of scripted short films (live action, animation or web-series) to provide a calling-card for early to mid-career Western Australian filmmakers.

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

The program consists of two strands, Elevate30 and Elevate70 as detailed below.

In line with Screenwest’s Indigenous Screen Strategy 2016 – 2020, each Elevate strand will support at least one project with an Indigenous Director attached.

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

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West Coast Visions

Applications closed 27 March 2017 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 fulfill 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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Bill Warnock Writers Initiative

Applications closed 02 November 2016

The Bill Warnock Initiative is a comprehensive, year-long professional development program for early career Western Australian writers, who do not possess a theatrically or commercially released feature film credit or broadcast television credit and who are looking to develop their career in screenwriting.

The successful candidates will undertake opportunities that are tailored to the individual, which may include hands-on experience locally, nationally and/or internationally, script development and high-level industry mentoring.

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

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Screenwest, NITV and Department of Aboriginal Affairs (WA) NAIDOC Week Documentary Initiative

Applications closed 12 May 2017 at 5:00 PM

Screenwest in conjunction with NITV and the Western Australian Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA) will fund a one-off half hour documentary bringing to the national screen an important social and cultural impact project that will explore subject matter including indigenous art, art practice, law enforcement and reconciliation. We are looking for a passionate Indigenous filmmaker to team up with a producer (with prior factual producing credits) to develop and produce the half-hour documentary.

The successful applicant team will receive up to $80,000 to develop and produce the 1x 30 minute documentary for broadcast on NITV in 2018. The filmmaking team must be available to shoot during NAIDOC week 2017 and intermittently between July and September to deliver by the end of 2017.

Submissions are open now for teams to put themselves forward to cover the unique WA project. Applications close at 5pm on Friday, 12 May 2017.

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

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Slate Development Investment Round

Applications closed 12 September 2016

Screenwest has opened a Slate Development Investment round which provides funding for established drama producers and factual production companies to increase the marketability of their slate by financially supporting the sourcing, generation and creative development of projects. Slate Development Investment funding provides up to $150,000/yr for drama production companies; or $75,000/yr for factual production companies. Production companies will be eligible to apply for up to two years of funding through this current round.

This fund is designed for:

  • Established WA Drama Production Companies with at least two broadcast or theatrical credits in the past 5 years.
  • Established WA Factual Production Companies with at least two broadcast credits in the past 3 years.

The deadline for applications is Monday, 12 September, 2016 at 5pm.

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

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Feature Navigator Development Program

Applications closed 23 May 2016

The Feature Navigator Program is a comprehensive, year-long filmmaker and project development initiative for Western Australian directors working toward a debut feature film. The program connects select directors with producers, expert consultants, and the marketplace.

Directors whose anticipated next career progression would be Screenwest’s West Coast Visions fund are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

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