Crew Attachment Program

Applications can be submitted at any time

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.

The Screenwest Crew Attachment Program aims to provide on the job experience for Western Australian screen practitioners who are interested in furthering their career and skills, by shadowing an experienced industry professional on a professional production shooting in Western Australia. The program is designed to address skills gaps that exist (or emerge over time) and are identified as being of the highest priority within Western Australia’s professional below-the-line crew base.

Once the attachment opportunities have been mutually agreed upon by Producer and Screenwest there will be a public call out for applications, via the Screenwest social media channels, website and newsletter as available.

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Professional Development - Mentorships

Applications can be submitted at any time

The Professional Development – Mentorships fund provides an opportunity for Western Australian production companies and practitioners to engage a highly-experienced film or television professional to mentor a mid-career practitioner, engaged in a specific role on a specific project.

It is specifically aimed at providing high-level advice and support to key creative and managerial roles on professional film, television and digital productions, to aid the career progression of early to mid-career West Australian practitioners.

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

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Audience and Community Engagement Fund (ACEF)

Applications closed 08 June 2020 at 5:00 PM

Applications open for Tier 2 only

The Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Audience and Community Engagement Fund (ACEF) provides grants to organisations for activities which enhance the Western Australian screen industry by promoting local productions and practitioners to audiences.

Such activities may include, but are not limited to, curated public screenings, festivals, engagement activities between Western Australian filmmakers and the public or tours that provide opportunities for Western Australian audiences to see and experience quality Western Australian screen content.

This round is for Tier Two (2) projects only. Tier Two (2) projects range from $2,000 up to $10,000 per annum per application for smaller and emerging festivals, tours, projects or activities in Western Australia.

Screenwest will only consider applications that are able to take place in accordance with local COVID-19 public health warnings, online or have COVID-19 contingency plans in place in response to restrictions if the activity is planned to be held in the next 6 – 12 months.

The objectives of the funding program are to:

  1. Profile diverse* and quality Western Australian film, television, interactive digital media and practitioners to Western Australian audiences.
  2. Increase engagement between Western Australian filmmakers and the Western Australian community.
  3. Provide opportunities for the Western Australian community, including regional Western Australia, to access a diverse range of screen productions.
  4. Provide screen industry development opportunities.
  5. To facilitate Western Australia in becoming a vibrant hub of cultural activity.

These guidelines must be read in conjunction with the Screenwest Terms of Trade.

Applications for Tier 2 close Monday, 8 June 2020 at 5:00pm AWST.

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Screen Industry Skills Development Fund

Applications closed 14 October 2019 at 5:00 PM

The Screen Industry Skills Development Fund is open to not for profit screen industry organisations, established production companies or practitioners with significant experience in the screen industry and a demonstrated commitment to developing the West Australian Screen Industry Sector.

The fund is designed to provide support to these entities to deliver professional skills development opportunities (i.e. courses, workshops, masterclasses) to West Australian screen practitioners.

This fund is not restricted to WA only organisations, practitioners and production companies, though it is expected that the activities provided through the grant strategically deliver on Screenwest’s vision to develop a vibrant WA Screen Industry Sector and provide significant development and learning outcomes for WA participants.

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

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Bright Ideas Sustainability Fund

Applications closed 14 April 2020 at 5:00 PM

The Bright Ideas Sustainability fund is a one-time special purpose practitioner initiative aimed at creating new methods of sustainability for the Western Australian production industry. Designed primarily for Below-The-Line Crew and Directors, it is designed as an instigation for outside-the-box ideas that can be offered to the industry in the current environment and into the future.

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

Apply for the Bright Ideas Sustainability Fund through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal.

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Taking Care of Business Fund

Applications closed 14 April 2020 at 5:00 PM

For Production Companies and Producers

Taking Care of Business is a one-time special purpose sustainability fund aimed at assisting Western Australian production companies and producers to sustain their business and to continue to contribute to the screen industry during the COVID-19 crisis.

It acknowledges the role of Production Companies and Producers in bringing work into the Western Australian Screen Industry and aims to support producers to ensure a healthy pipeline of production after the COVID-19 crisis and into the future so far as is possible.

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

Apply for the Taking Care of Business Fund through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal.

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Taking Care of Business ‘Fix it in Post’ – Post Production Company Support Package

Applications closed 21 April 2020 at 5:00 PM

For Post Production Companies

Fix it In Post is a one-time special purpose sustainability fund aimed at assisting Western Australian post production companies to develop or repurpose their business and to continue to contribute to the screen industry during the COVID-19 crisis.

This fund acknowledges the importance of a vibrant post production sector to the Western Australian Screen Industry and the long impact of delays in production activity. It aims to ensure a healthy post production sector after the COVID-19 crisis and into the future so far as is possible.

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

Apply for the Taking Care of Business ‘Fix it in Post’ Fund through the Screenwest SmartyGrants Portal.

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Travel - Skills Development and Exposure

Applications closed 16 March 2020 at 5:00 PM

Please note: travel funding applications have been suspended until such time travel restrictions are reduced to a reasonable level.

Provides a contribution towards the cost of travel to enable emerging to mid-level Western Australian film, television and digital practitioners to attend relevant markets, conferences, festivals, awards and skills development opportunities held interstate or internationally. For Screenwest funding purposes, an emerging to mid-level practitioner is defined as having less than two recognised credits.

There are three categories in which Screenwest will consider funding for emerging to mid-level practitioners:

  • Markets & Conferences
  • Festivals and Awards
  • Skills Development

Please refer to the below guidelines for info on eligibility, funding caps, application materials required and other general conditions.

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Travel - Business and Marketing

Applications closed 16 March 2020 at 5:00 PM

Please note: travel funding applications have been suspended until such time travel restrictions are reduced to a reasonable level.

Provides a contribution towards the costs of travel to enable experienced Western Australian film, television and digital practitioners with two eligible credits to attend relevant markets, festivals and awards held interstate or internationally.

For Screenwest funding purposes, an experienced practitioner is defined as having at least two recognised credits in the role relevant to the opportunity that can be any combination of the following: broadcast credit; theatrically distributed feature film credits; a commercially produced and released online project.

There are two categories in which Screenwest will consider funding for experienced practitioners:

  • Markets
  • Festivals & Awards

Read the below guidelines for info on eligibility, funding caps, credits, application materials required and other general conditions.

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

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Travel Assistance: Established Production Companies Initiative (EPC)

Applications closed 16 September 2019 at 5:00 PM

Travel Assistance: Established Production Company (EPC) recognises the flexibility screen businesses require to forge critical relationships and potential business opportunities on an interstate and international scale.

This fund provides a financial contribution towards the costs of attendance at relevant national and international markets, national and international festivals and awards, and business meetings relating to the production of an applicant’s development slate.

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

The guidelines and application materials are linked below. All program guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the Screenwest Terms of Trade.

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Professional Development – Attachments and Internships Fund

Applications closed 07 August 2019 at 5:00 PM

Applications are currently not being accepted through this program, as it is under review.

The Professional Development – Attachment & Internship Fund provides financial support for mid-level Western Australian screen practitioners who are offered practical, professional experience through an attachment or internship.

The fund is primarily aimed at providing support for exceptional national or international opportunities made available to key creatives. These funds are highly limited and applications must demonstrate a significant professional development opportunity in the applicant’s area of expertise, and a clear strategic plan.

International opportunities are strongly encouraged.

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

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