Film tax rebate changes will hack into micro-budget features

Raising the minimum budgets for feature films to obtain a tax rebate will be devastating to a valuable production space. But how big is it?

The federal government is raising the minimum budget for a feature film to receive the tax rebate from $500,000 to $1 million.

In the drama sector we have heard little protest, but this is in stark contrast to the documentary makers who are mounting a serious campaign to protect that $500,000 threshold. 

Read: Documentary makers in desperate fight to protect funding.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.