Documentary Development Investment Fund

Applications closed 08 March 2021 at 5:00 PM

The Documentary Development Investment Fund invests in the development of documentary and factual programming in order to support and grow a sustainable Western Australian screen industry.

There are a minimum of two rounds per financial year.

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

2020-21 Funding Dates

First Round
Applications open Friday, 25 September 2020
Applications close Monday, 9 November 2020

Second Round
Applications open Monday, 1 February 2021
Applications close Monday, 8 March 2021

 

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal after the round opens.

Acquittal Forms - for projects funded prior to 2020-21 financial year only

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Scripted Development Fund

Applications closed 08 March 2021 at 5:00 PM

The Scripted Development Fund provides Concept Development (Stage One) and Project Development (Stage Two) funding to new, emerging and experienced Western Australian practitioners creating scripted content for all delivery platforms (including theatrical).

Successful applicants will work toward delivering quality, distinctive projects that can reach their target audience and attract further investment and/or market interest. This two-stage fund will offer two intakes per financial year, subject to funding availability.

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

Applications will be accepted through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal.

2020-21 Funding Dates

First Round
Applications open Monday, 27 July 2020
Applications close Monday, 7 September 2020

Second Round
Applications open Monday, 1 February 2021
Applications close Monday, 8 March 2021

 

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal after the round opens.

Acquittal Forms - for projects funded prior to 2020-21 financial year only

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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.

Acquittal Forms - for projects funded prior to 2020-21 financial year only

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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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Stan Development Initiative Online Briefing EOI

Applications closed 15 February 2021 at 5:00 PM

After a succession of popular Australian commissioned series on Stan with titles such as No ActivityBloomThe Gloaming and The Other Guy, this special initiative is an exciting new opportunity for a Western Australian production to join the ranks with the help of a $20,000 development fund.

Read Screenwest and Stan’s Development Initiative Announcement for more information.

Stage 1: Online Briefing Session

Expressions of interest are now closed.

This stage was hosted by Screenwest’s Development and Production Executive Franziska Wagenfeld, and was aimed at interested practitioners and production companies that are developing high quality content and original ideas, backed up by a strong production background.

Stan’s Amanda Duthie discussed what Stan is and isn’t looking for and what sparks their attention when being pitched new concepts.

Capacity to the session is limited and attendees will need to submit an expression of interest to attend. Teams must be available on Thursday, 18 March 2021 at 1:00pm AWST.

Expressions of Interest for this session are now closed.

Stage 2: Pitch

If you were an attendee of the briefing session and you are ready to submit your pitch for Stage 2, please refer to the emails you received directly from SmartyGrants and the Screenwest Program Manager.

If you cannot locate these emails, please contact Screenwest to be reissued with the application form link.

Stage 2 Pitch Applications are due on Monday 27 April, at 5pm AWST through SmartyGrants.

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Brighter Ideas Fund

Applications closed 16 November 2020 at 5:00 PM

The Brighter Ideas Fund is an expansion of the Bright Ideas Sustainability Fund – a special purpose practitioner initiative offered by Screenwest as a response to COVID-19.

The Brighter Ideas Fund is designed to support a select number of writer/directors to develop their own new Western Australian drama projects.

Screenwest is looking for projects that are daring and aspirational. The fund is designed to put Western Australia’s internationally proven talent to work developing WA projects in Western Australia. Up to $20,000 is available per successful application.

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

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Adaptable Initiative

Applications closed 16 November 2020 at 5:00 PM

An initiative in collaboration with Fremantle Press, Magabala Books and Margaret River Press

The Adaptable initiative is designed to increase the number of Western Australian literary stories, particularly those from underrepresented groups and Indigenous writers, being adapted for the screen. Please see the guidelines linked below.

Adaptable Funding will provide up to three (3) creative teams development funding to adapt a chosen book from the presenting publishers into a concept document suitable for submission in a Scripted Development round.

Creative teams will have the opportunity to create a short, two-page treatment outlining their approach to adapting their chosen book. This treatment is due on 16 November 2020.  From these submissions, Screenwest will select up to three teams to receive further development funding for their project.

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

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Brian Beaton Award

Applications closed 21 September 2020 at 5:00 PM

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.

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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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