Through the Online Production program Screen Australia invests in the production of scripted projects that take risks and push the envelope of fiction storytelling.
Typical examples are risk-taking comedy or dramatic projects distributed on any platform including television, online web series, feature film, Augmented and Virtual Reality, tablet, mobile and PC based distribution.
This fund is aimed at lower-budget productions which may present talent development or project development opportunities. It values these benefits ahead of commercial gain, so it is expected that above-the-line fees and company overheads are budgeted modestly in accordance with those aims.
The fund is well suited to projects that include strong and compelling social media components to engage audiences.
WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
Applications may be for any amount up to $500,000 per project. For a project utilising multiple platforms, this includes all components.
Budgets greater than $16,500 per minute will be at the upper limit of the fund’s scope and will need to be justified.
The level of Screen Australia’s funding commitment will be determined by the decision making process and the total demand on available funds.
There are also special initiatives for online creators, including Google Skip Ahead.
WHO CAN APPLY?
An application must first meet the following eligibility criteria in order to be competitively assessed for funding through this program.
The applicant company must:
- meet the General Eligibility requirements set out in Screen Australia’s Terms of Trade; in particular, it must be incorporated and carrying on business in Australia, and have its central management and control in Australia,
The project that is the subject of the application must:
be a scripted series or one-off XR* project intended for public access on a screen- based device (where content includes a television broadcast component, the content must also be distributed on at least one other digital media platform; this could include catch-up television services, other online release or mobile); and
- not be:
- primarily a video game;
- documentary or factual entertainment
- primarily an e-book or interactive book;
- a digital/online extension to a film or TV program; or
- content made for internal training purposes only
The creative team responsible for the project must:
- include a producer and director or equivalent roles relevant to the type of project with at least one credit in the same role on a comparable project which has been publicly released.
Applications can be made at any time via the Application Portal.