Documentary and TV Development

Applications close Monday, 21 January 2019 at 5:00pm WST

The Documentary and Television Development 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.

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

Applications close Monday, 21 January 2019 at 5:00pm WST.

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Feature Film Development Track

Applications closed 15 October 2018 at 5:00 PM

The Feature Film Development Track Fund provides project development funding to Western Australian scripted features at various milestones for up to one consecutive year. This is the first of two intakes for the 2018-19 financial year.

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.

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

Applications close Monday, 15 October 2018 at 5:00pm WST.

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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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West Coast Visions

Applications closed 26 March 2018 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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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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Generate Initiative

Applications close 5:00pm, 14 January 2019

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 close 5:00pm, 14 January 2019

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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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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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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