Our Digital Conversions initiative invites applications from Queensland content creators to find their audience with a short-form idea on the digital platform of their choice. This short-form content must act as a proof of concept for a broadcast or digital series, to be pitched to market.
Some of the most popular content we watch on mainstream media found its first die-hard fans as a digital short. From scripted content such as Broad City, Insecure, Portlandia, and The Katering Show, to animation favourites such as Adventure Time, Rick and Morty and Beached Az, to cult classic formats like Between Two Ferns, Billy On The Street and Drunk History. All of these digital short-form ideas gained huge popularity online and went on to secure series deals with broadcasters or streamers.
We are looking for bold and creative global ideas, across scripted series and format genres, which can be distributed on a digital screen platform. Ideas should be between 30 seconds to 5 minutes of content.
You should demonstrate a clear strategy to gain an audience on your preferred digital platform, in order to test your short concept. For example, this could include partnering with talent with a significant audience, or identifying a niche audience and working within your platform of choice to optimise marketing to this audience. Successful applicants must deliver their digital product within 1 month of approval. It is important that your product is able to be delivered and posted to your selected platform, adhering to all government recommendations around social distancing during the COVID-19 restrictions.
We will provide feedback throughout the creation and release of your short content and may require you to partake in workshops and consultations throughout the process.
Who can apply:
The initiative is open to Queensland content creators whose projects are able to be delivered whilst adhering to government restrictions around social distancing during COVID-19. Development, production and post-production must occur in Queensland. The intellectual property must be owned by a bonafide Queenslander and the majority of the budget must be spent in Queensland on Queensland elements.
Collaboration with interstate and international talent is acceptable however preference will be given to projects where Queenslanders occupy all key creative and crew positions.
All key creatives and crew must NOT be:
- a full-time undergraduate or masters students, nor should the project contribute to the coursework or research of any study the applicant is undertaking
- employed by a government screen agency
- employed by a broadcaster
- involved with any projects in default with SQ.
Applicants must NOT:
- propose a project designed for the education, training, advertising, marketing, tourism or media sector
- seek retrospective funding
- submit more than one application per round
- submit the same idea in multiple rounds.
In addition to meeting the requirements of this funding program, all applicants must adhere to the Screen Queensland Terms of Trade.
How to apply?
- Read through all the above guidelines and our terms of trade, paying close attention to the eligibility and assessment criteria
- Apply online for ROUND ONE at https://screenqueensland.smartygrants.com.au/DC2020 by 5pm 29 May 2020. Late applications will not be assessed. You will receive a notification email within 30 minutes of applying. Please note it is the applicant’s responsibility to contact us if this email is not received. Incomplete applications will not be assessed.
- We may contact you to provide further details, documentation or participate in an interview. If you cannot provide additional documentation within 3 business days, your application will be automatically withdrawn. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within 2 weeks of the closing date.
Rounds will open monthly until October 2020. To stay informed of when new rounds open, follow us on social media or subscribe to our enewsletter.