Audience and Community Engagement Fund (ACEF)

Applications close Monday, 5 February 2018 5:00pm

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.

Screenwest is open to new and innovative activities which engage Western Australian audiences and strengthen community participation with the screen industry.  Please contact the ACEF Program Manager at Screenwest to discuss your activity prior to submitting an application.

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.
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AIDC 2018 Travel Funding

Applications close Monday, 5 February 2018 5:00pm

Screenwest is opening a travel funding round for Western Australian factual filmmakers wishing to attend the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in 2018.

The AIDC is Australia’s premier event for documentary, factual and unscripted screen content and is held 4 – 7 March 2018 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne.

Screenwest will offer a set funding amount of $1,500 under both of Screenwest’s travel funding categories, Travel – Business & Marketing and Travel – Skills Development & Exposure.  As this is a set funding amount, a budget will not be required as part of the application process.

Practitioners are to apply under the appropriate travel funding category.  Guidelines and application materials are at the links below.

Please note that as this is a competitive round, funding is not assured even where an applicant meets all of the minimum eligibility criteria.  Funding for emerging and mid-career practitioners is also limited.

The full AIDC 2018 program of more than 30 sessions and more than 100 speakers and decision makers will be announced in the coming months.  The hallmark of the AIDC in 2018 will be a program with a strong focus on market opportunities for Australian factual filmmakers.

For travel funding enquiries, please contact the Screenwest Development Coordinator, Wendy Simmons on (08) 6169 2113 or wendy.simmons@screenwest.com.au

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

AIDC is proudly supported by Screenwest and Lotterywest.

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Travel Assistance: Established Production Companies Initiative (EPC)

Applications closed 14 August 2017 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 is one (1) round per financial year.  Successful applicants may be offered up to a maximum of $25,000.

The program is available to Western Australian-based production companies that have generated a minimum of $1.5 million Qualifying Western Australian Expenditure (QWAE) in the previous two (2) financial years. Importantly, the qualifying spend must have been specifically incurred in the qualifying period (i.e. between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017) and companies applying must provide cost or audit reports very clearly substantiating the qualifying spend. Productions that are fully financed, directly or indirectly (i.e. special initiatives) by Screenwest are not eligible to be included in the QWAE calculations.

Applicants that currently have a EPC grant can still submit an application for 2017-18 EPC travel funding, but must fully acquit any previous Travel Assistance grants (including 2016-17 EPC) on or before 30 October, 2017 to become eligible to receive the 2017-18 EPC Travel grant. If you do have an outstanding travel grant, please contact the program coordinator to advise when acquittal will be provided to Screenwest.

The 2017-18 grant will cover any travel undertaken from 1 October, 2017 until 30 September 2018.

All applications must be received by 5:00pm, Monday 14 August, 2017

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Travel - Skills Development and Exposure

Applications can be submitted at any time

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 can be submitted at any time

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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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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Professional Development – Attachments and Internships Fund

Applications can be submitted at any time

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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Professional Development – Below-the-Line Crew Attachments (Not to be used for PIA Attachments)

Applications can be submitted at any time

This fund provides on-set professional development opportunities for emerging and mid-career Western Australian below-the-line screen practitioners with an opportunity to increase their skills, knowledge and networks by working and shadowing an experienced industry professional (Mentor) on a professional production shooting in Western Australia.

Screenwest can provide a non-recoupable grant to the sponsoring Production Company to assist with the cost of employing the Below-the-Line Crew Attachment on a professional shoot in Western Australia. On successful application, the grant is paid to the Production Company which is then paid directly to the Below-the-Line Crew Attachment as a wage.

The Below-the-Line Crew Attachment must be credited appropriately on the production.

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Production Investment Agreement (PIA) Attachments (For Production Company use only)

Applications can be submitted at any time

It is a requirement of Screenwest funding to employ WA attachment(s) on their project  and the costs of the attachment(s) must be included in the budget submitted to Screenwest.   The Attachment position cannot be used to replace a crew position and the attachment should receive an appropriate credit for their work on the project.  Potential attachments must be discussed with Screenwest prior to employment.

 

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SPA SCREEN FOREVER 2017 Travel Funding - EXTENDED DEADLINE

Applications closed 30 October 2017 at 5:00 PM

Screenwest has extended the deadline for Travel Funding for up to five practitioners to attend this year’s Screen Producers Australia SPA SCREEN FOREVER Conference from 14 -16 November, in the Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne.

SCREEN FOREVER is the place to do business with the decision makers, influencers and creatives of screen content.

Touted as one of the largest congregations of media and entertainment professionals in the Southern Hemisphere, this conference represents the creative and hardworking professionals who make and deliver screen content.

SCREEN FOREVER highlights include:

  • Meet the Buyer sessions where you hear from top network executives, commissioners and programmers on what they want
  • Keynotes and In Conversations featuring inspirational keynote speakers and the biggest names in the business
  • In-depth Craft sessions featuring international and Australian creatives and program makers on the successes from 2016 and 2017
  • SCREEN FOREVER International and Domestic Partnership Markets are designed to match Australian and foreign producers, sales agents and distributors looking for co-venture or co-production opportunities
  • Pitch your next big idea to TV network execs and production companies at the TV Pitching Market – Ready Steady Pitch!
  • SPA Connect Roundtables where delegates can ask the questions they’ve always wanted to know from leading industry executives
  • Networking opportunities every day with local and international delegates and speakers at the industry’s biggest party of the year at the SCREEN FOREVER Gala Party and the Screen Producers Australia Awards

Screenwest is opening a travel funding round for producers aiming to attend this year’s conference. Funding will be provided to the successful recipients for a set amount of $2,000 under both travel funding categories, therefore a budget is not required as part of the application process.

Screenwest travel funding is provided through one of two general travel funds:

  • Travel – Business and Marketing (for practitioners with two or more recognised credits)
  • Travel – Skills Development and Exposure (for emerging and mid-career practitioners)

For further information and to view the travel guidelines, click here.

Please note this is an extremely competitive round, therefore funding is not assured even where an applicant meets all the minimum eligibility criteria. Funding for less-experienced practitioners is very limited.

Applications close 5:00pm Monday, 30 October 2017.

For travel funding enquiries, please contact Wendy Simmons, Screenwest Development & Production Coordinator, on (08) 6169 2113 or wendy.simmons@screenwest.com.au

For further information visit the Screen Forever website.

SCREEN FOREVER is proudly supported by Screenwest and Lotterywest.

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MIFF 37º South PostScript&Direct - Directors and Screenwriters

Applications closed 06 June 2017 at 5:00 PM

Screenwest is offering up to six places for WA screenwriters, directors and writer-directors to participate in the exclusive MIFF 37ºPostScript & Direct networking program within the MIFF 37ºSouth Market.

Selected participants will be given the opportunity to meet, and pitch to, a range of Australian and New Zealand MIFF 37ºSouth Market registered producers.

This year’s 37ºSouth: PostScript & Direct will occur from 1:00pm Sunday, 6 August at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre in Flinders Street.

Screenwest will cover the cost of each participant’s registration fee directly with MIFF, and a set amount of $1,000 in travel funding will be given to each successful participant.

Applicants will be assessed on:

  • Their track record.
  • The strength of the projects being pitched.
  • The applicant’s current stage of their career and benefits they will gain from this experience.

Screenwriters applying are expected to have a project they are pitching. Directors might not be pitching a specific project – but rather seeking to interest producers in their skills and track record.

To apply for this opportunity, please fill in the attached form and email to Screenwest at funding@screenwest.com.au.

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

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AIDC 2017 Making Virtual a Practical Reality: Virtual Reality Workshop Funding

Applications closed 18 January 2017 at 5:00 PM

Screenwest has partnered with AIDC to provide a unique opportunity, Making Virtual a Practical Reality, where WA documentary storytellers who have a solid idea for a Virtual Reality (VR) project will receive $2,000 as a professional development grant to travel to Melbourne to attend an exclusive full day VRTOV VR Filmmakers Workshop on Saturday, 4 March and Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) 2017 from 5-8 March.

Screenwest and AIDC will jointly select up to two WA filmmakers for this opportunity. Applications will be assessed on the quality and audience potential of the project/s submitted and the filmmaker’s experience to date.

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

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