Funding Applications

Travel Assistance for 2019 SCREEN FOREVER Conference

Applications close Monday, 7 October 2019 at 5:00pm AWST.

Screenwest has opened a travel funding round for producers looking to attend this year’s conference.

Funding will be provided to successful recipients for a set amount of $2,000 for those attending with a Gold or Two-day pass and a set amount of $1,500 for those attending with a One day access pass, regardless of the travel funding category. A budget is therefore not required as part of the application process.

As this is a market event / conference, practitioners must have a slate of active projects in development with market potential and have genuine market interest in at least one project to be considered.

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

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Travel Assistance for the New Zealand Power of Inclusion Summit

Applications closed 13 September 2019 at 5:00 PM

Screenwest will be supporting up to 4 early to midcareer practitioners to travel to attend the two-day conference in Auckland New Zealand.

Hosted by the New Zealand Film Commission and Women in Film and Television International with support from The Walt Disney Studios, The Power of Inclusion presents a 2-day programme including case studies, panels, conversations and keynotes on pertinent issues in the inclusion and representation space. The conference brings people together, presenting a myriad of world views, positing future action to create a more inclusive industry and world, all enveloped in the special environment that Aotearoa New Zealand and its peoples have to offer.

The programme features over 35 speakers from around the world, and will include:

  • writers, directors and producers making ground breaking work
  • activists, founders, executives and researchers from companies and initiatives leading the way in inclusion
  • top tier US studio and SVOD executives, and
  • leading practitioners from Aotearoa New Zealand.

The line-up will include people of colour, women, inter-faith, indigenous, LGBTQIA+ and differently-abled people.

Up to $2,500 is available per application. No one applicant (production company or film practitioner) can receive more than $5,000 Travel Assistance, Skills Development and Exposure per financial year.

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

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SBS & NITV Meet the Broadcasters Pitching Sessions

Applications closed 20 August 2019 at 5:00 PM

DEADLINE EXTENDED to Tuesday, 20 August 2019 at 5:00pm AWST

SBS and NITV are heading to Perth to hear pitches from Western Australian filmmakers and discuss SBS’s commissioning policies on Tuesday, 3 September 2019.

The Meet the Broadcaster event will provide practitioners with the opportunity to expand their understanding of SBS commissioning and make connections with the Executive Team.

The event comprises two halves:

  1. A day-time pitch session at Screenwest, where selected applicants will have the opportunity to meet with the Executive Team in individual sessions to pitch their projects and discuss ideas.
  2. An evening presentation and networking event at the WA Maritime Museum.

The executive team includes:

  • Marshall Heald (Director, TV & Online Content)
  • Chris Irvine (Head of Commercial & Production)
  • Joseph Maxwell (Head of Documentaries)
  • Tanya Denning-Orman (NITV Channel Manager)

 

Pitching Sessions

Date: Tuesday, 3 September 2019
Time: Sessions available from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Screenwest, 30 Fielder Street, East Perth WA 6004

The SBS and NITV executives will hold individual sessions with pre-selected practitioners to pitch their projects and discuss their ideas.

 

How to Apply

To express interest in a meeting, please submit a completed application form to funding@screenwest.com.au by 5:00pm AWST on Tuesday, 20 August 2019.

An application receipt will be forwarded to the applicant within two working days to confirm that Screenwest has received the application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact Screenwest if an application receipt has not been received within this timeframe.

Please note: Screenwest is not responsible for assessing pitching session applications. Successful applicants will be selected by SBS and NITV.

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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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Screen Industry Skills Development Fund

Applications close Monday, 14 October 2019 at 5:00pm AWST

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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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 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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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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Audience and Community Engagement Fund (ACEF)

Applications closed 13 May 2019 at 5:00 PM

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.

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

Applications close Monday, 13 May 2019 at 5:00pm AWST.

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

Applications closed 23 May 2019 at 5:00 PM

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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Screen Forever Conference 2018 - Travel Funding

Applications closed 15 October 2018 at 5:00 PM

Screen Forever Conference 2018 – Travel Funding

Screenwest has opened a Travel Funding round for a select number of practitioners to attend this year’s Screen Producers Australia SCREEN FOREVER Conference from 20 – 22 November 2018 in Melbourne.

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

NETWORK and rub shoulders with industry decision makers, executives and producers from feature film, documentary, television drama, light entertainment, reality, interactive and games.

  • CONNECT
  • BE INSPIRED
  • UNLOCK
  • UNDERSTAND
  • DISCOVER
  • ENGAGE
  • DO BUSINESS
  • MEET
  • CELEBRATE

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 for those attending with a Gold or Two day pass and a set amount of $1,500 for those attending with a one day access, regardless of travel funding categories, therefore a budget is not required as part of the application process. As this is a market event / conference, practitioners must have a slate of active projects with market potential in development and have genuine market interest in at least one project to be considered.

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)

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 also very limited.

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

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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Screenwest / AFTRS Production Accounting Accelerator

Applications closed 24 June 2019 at 5:00 PM

Screenwest has identified a current industry skills gap in production accounting. To address this skills gap, Screenwest in partnership with Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), is offering a one-off opportunity for a practitioner to up skill and accelerate their career by gaining an AFTRS Industry certificate in Production Accounting.

Run by Managing Director of Money Penny, Jane Corden, this course is designed to fast track people with an accounting or bookkeeping background.

This is a two-step initiative, offering the recipient industry certificate training, followed by a professional attachment on a Screenwest funded production in the second half of 2019.

The Industry certificate course is delivered over 12 weeks. The funded recipient will learn:

  • How to apply accounting technologies and workflows;
  • A strong understanding of the stages of productions and their financial reporting obligations and requirements; and
  • The specialised skills required to work as an assistant production accountant.

The aim is to fast track to a career in production accounting or be immediately able to be a production accountant on a low budget production.

Course Dates and Requirements

  • Course dates: 8 July – 30 September

Applicants will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a camera and sound for the evening Zoom video sessions. There is regular online work to be completed between face-to-face sessions. It is recommended allowing at least 8-10 hours per week of study time.

  • Mandatory workshop dates: 13 & 14 July and 3 & 4 August 2019 at AFTRS in Moore Park, Sydney.

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

Applications close Monday, 24 June 2019 at 5:00pm AWST.

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