Western Australian Screen Fund – Production Funding

Applications can be submitted at any time

The Western Australian Screen Fund (WASF) is a WA State Government Royalties for Regions funding initiative, provided through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC). Please see the guidelines linked below.

It is committed to encouraging regional film industry activity through strategic project funding that aims to build Western Australian regional capacity and contribute to the liveability and vibrancy of Western Australian regional communities.

Productions can apply for WASF funding through two stages:

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

Applications for WASF Production Funding will be accepted through the Screenwest SmartyGrants portal.

Apply for WASF Stage 1

Apply for WASF Stage 2

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Western Australian Screen Fund – Post-Production, Digital and Visual Effects Rebate (WA PDV Rebate)

Applications can be submitted at any time

The WA PDV Rebate is a Western Australian post-production, digital and visual effects sector incentive that compliments the Australian Federal Government’s Australian Screen Production Incentive Producer Offset, Location Offset and PDV Offset streams. Please see the guidelines below.

It is a discretionary rebate, that is subject to the availability of funds.

An Eligible Applicant may apply for a discretionary rebate equivalent to:

  • 20% of the first $500,000 of expenditure (up to $100,000) and
  • a further 10% rebate for all expenditure over $500,000 on post-production, digital and visual effects work undertaken in Western Australia on Qualifying Tasks of at least $100,000 on an Eligible Project.

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

Apply for the WA PDV Rebate through the Screenwest SmartyGrants portal.

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Unreal Engine – Real Time Challenge

Applications closed 31 August 2020 at 5:00 PM

A Short Film Initiative in Partnership with Epic Games

Epic Games, Screenwest, Film Victoria, Screen NSW, Screen Tasmania, South Australian Film Corporation, Screen Territory and Screen Queensland have partnered on a national special initiative to provide funding towards the production of short films that utilise the Unreal Engine software.

Unreal Engine is a state-of-the-art real-time engine and editor that features photorealistic rendering, virtual production and much more, allowing filmmakers to conceive and execute visual storytelling without leaving their homes!

Western Australian content creators can apply to Screenwest for up to $20,000 production funding to create a short film of up to five minutes using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine software. Screenwest anticipates funding at least one Western Australian project. Epic Games will then assess the completed short films from each state and territory and award a $50,000 prize to one project.

This initiative will allow Western Australian content creators to explore new forms of storytelling through experimenting with emerging technology. These shorts have the potential to be used as a proof of concept for a larger project and may be eligible for additional funding for further development from Epic Games.

Epic Games is also offering free training to any Australians interested in learning about the Unreal Engine software from 10 – 24 August 2020. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to participate. Further details are available on the Unreal Engine website.

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

Apply for the Unreal Engine – Real Time Challenge through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal.

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WA Reflections - Our History Rediscovered

Applications closed 14 September 2020 at 5:00 PM

A State Library of Western Australia Collection Film Initiative

WA Reflections – Our History Rediscovered is a capacity building program for early to mid-career Western Australian filmmakers to produce short documentary films of up to five minutes in duration. They will creatively utilise a select list of available items in the State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) collection, with the purpose of sharing Western Australian stories.

Successful projects / teams will have access to support from SLWA curatorial staff who will collate collection items to be used for the project, as well as assist with permissions required for access where required.

In line with Screenwest’s Indigenous Screen Strategy 2016-2020, and the Western Australian Screen Industry, Diversity & Inclusion Roadmap, WA Reflections will support at least one project with an Indigenous key creative and at least one project with a key creative who identifies as CALD, LGBTQIA+ or living with a disability.

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

Apply for WA Reflections through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal.

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Documentary Production Fund

Applications close Monday, 23 November 2020 at 5:00pm AWST

The Documentary Production Fund provides support to Western Australian Producers with distinctive, high quality and diverse projects with strong Western Australian outcomes. The Documentary Production Fund provides production finance for feature length documentary films and factual series with significant marketplace attachments from traditional and new online platforms and distributors.

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

All productions that receive Screenwest production funding over $100,000 are required to budget for and engage a Western Australian attachment/s in consultation with Screenwest. Please also refer to the Crew Attachment Program Guidelines.

Apply for the Documentary Production Fund through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal.

 

2020-21 Funding Dates

First Round

  • Applications open: Wednesday, 1 July 2020
  • Applications close: Monday, 3 August 2020

Second Round

  • Applications open: Tuesday, 20 October 2020
  • Applications close: Monday, 23 November 2020
  • Screenwest decision expected by Monday, 21 December 2020

Third Round

  • Applications open: TBC
  • Applications close: Monday, 5 April 2021 TBC
  • Screenwest decision expected by Wednesday, 26 May 2021 TBC
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Scripted Production Fund

Applications close Monday, 23 November 2020 at 5:00pm AWST

The Scripted Production Fund provides support to distinctive, high quality and diverse projects with strong Western Australian outcomes. The fund provides production finance for feature films, telemovies and scripted series with significant marketplace attachments from traditional and new distribution platforms (with significant audience share).

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

All productions that receive Screenwest production funding over $100,000 are required to budget for and engage a Western Australian attachment/s in consultation with Screenwest. Please also refer to the Crew Attachment Program Guidelines.

Apply for the Scripted Production Fund through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal.

 

2020-21 Funding Dates

First Round

  • Applications open: Wednesday, 1 July 2020
  • Applications close: Monday, 3 August 2020

Second Round

  • Applications open: Tuesday, 20 October 2020
  • Applications close: Monday, 23 November 2020
  • Screenwest decision expected by Monday, 21 December 2020

Third Round

  • Applications open: TBC
  • Applications close: Monday, 5 April 2021 TBC
  • Screenwest decision expected by Wednesday, 26 May 2021 TBC
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Footloose Production Fund

Applications close Monday, 23 November 2020 at 5:00pm AWST

The Footloose Production Fund provides production funding to secure high profile, market driven, local, national and international footloose, scripted screen productions to Western Australia to showcase local stories, locations and/or culture to an international audience and to assist in the development of the Western Australian screen sector.

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

All productions that receive Screenwest production funding over $100,000 are required to budget for and engage a Western Australian attachment/s in consultation with Screenwest. Please also refer to the Crew Attachment Program Guidelines.

Apply for the Footloose Production Fund through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal.

 

2020-21 Funding Dates

First Round

  • Applications open: Wednesday, 1 July 2020
  • Applications close: Monday, 3 August 2020

Second Round

  • Applications open: Tuesday, 20 October 2020
  • Applications close: Monday, 23 November 2020
  • Screenwest decision expected by Monday, 21 December 2020

Third Round

  • Applications open: TBC
  • Applications close: Monday, 5 April 2021 TBC
  • Screenwest decision expected by Wednesday, 26 May 2021 TBC
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On Demand Content Fund

Applications can be submitted at any time

The On Demand Content Fund provides production funding for broadcast and/or online, interactive, virtual reality and/or multi-platform projects with a well-defined narrative, specifically for a national audience and potentially an international audience.

It is aimed at lower to mid-level-budget productions that have market attachment and financing partner/s.

Projects will need to have a well-defined narrative that will engage audiences on a broadcast, online platform, and/or screen-based device. Projects will also need to have significant market attachment and financing partner/s.

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

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