The intention of the Producer program is to provide producers with the flexibility to drive projects both creatively and commercially, with Screen Australia funding as the foundation for growing and securing deals.
The program is designed to support innovative, distinctive and engaging documentaries with a strong creative vision in the context of today’s evolving media and distribution landscape and the commercial realities of increasingly fragmented sources of finance.
It supports one-off documentaries and series intended for broadcast, festival, theatrical, online and XR platforms. Minimum budget is $125,000 per hour.
For Social Media first release content please refer to Screen Australia’s Online Production Guidelines.
While marketplace commitment is not required at application but projects will need to demonstrate a highly developed understanding of how they will reach and engage their target market and audience. (See Pathways to audience).
Please Note: It is a condition of this funding program that successful applications will have all finance in place within four months from the date of confirmation of Screen Australia approval. It is understood that some funding approvals will lapse because they cannot confirm finance within this time frame.
WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
Any amount up to $750, 000 may be requested. Generally, federal government funds should account for no more than 65% of the budget (including producer offset).
There are no limits on the proportion of the budget Screen Australia can contribute under this program.
Other sources of finance are encouraged and the assessment process will take into account the level of Screen Australia funding requested as a proportion of the overall budget. Contributions might come from marketplace entities, as well as from state agencies, other government organisations, cultural institutions, international sources, private investors, philanthropy or other partners.
The program is open to applications for post-production as well as production. Screen Australia may decide to provide funding at a different level than that applied for based on the assessment of the project. We may also refer the project to a different funding program but applicants will be required to reapply under the guidelines of that specific program.
A minimum of 20 per cent of program funds will be reserved for projects with international finance. There is no required minimum level of international finance for a project to form part of these funds.
WHO CAN APPLY?
In order to be competitively assessed for funding through this program, applicants and projects must meet the general eligibility requirements under Screen Australia’s Terms of Trade.
In addition, the project that is the subject of the application must:
- be a documentary: Please refer to the ACMA guidelines for the definition of a documentary
- be intended for public release
- have a total budget of at least $125,000 per hour (or $125,000 in total per project).
- not be reality or magazine television, light entertainment, panel or travel shows, infotainment, branded content, current affairs, cooking, ‘how to’, sports, corporate, training, games, extensions to film or TV programs, or community access programs or projects whose primary market is the education sector.
Both one-off documentaries and series are eligible. More than 15 broadcast hours of any one project, which may include multiple series, will not be eligible for funding unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated.
Foreign formats are eligible, although the assessment criteria will take originality of format into account.
For one-off or series documentaries intended for significant audience reach such as a recognised Commissioning Platform or commercial theatrical release:
- The creative team responsible for the project must include one producer, director or writer who has at least two ‘eligible credits’ in their respective role.
An ‘eligible credit’ is a documentary that is 30 minutes or longer in duration, and has:
- been broadcast by a recognised Commissioning Platform or channel, or
- had a commercial theatrical release, or
- been invited to screen at IDFA, Hot Docs or equivalent.
For more information, visit Screen Australia