SAFC and Stan announce a joint development fund for original scripted series

The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and Stan have partnered up to offer SA producers funding and funding matching in creating new original scripted series in South Australia.

Today, South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and Stan have announced an exciting joint initiative: the Stan and SAFC Development Fund. 

Commencing May, 2021, the Stan and SAFC Development Fund will accept applications for the first round of development, taking selected projects from concept to pitch-ready stage. All projects must be intended for production and post-production in South Australia. 

In her announcement, SAFC CEO Kate Croser spoke to South Australia’s storied history of producing episodic content, including Aftertaste, Stateless, The Hunting, and First Day. She described this new venture as ‘an exciting initiative [that] opens up new opportunities for South Australian producers and writers to create even more bold, innovative and unique series for audiences across Australia.’

The initiative takes a multi-pronged approach to supporting the development of original scripted series. It offers up to $20k as a Targeted Development Grant towards the development of South Australian-owned IP. This funding is intended to boost productions to the next stage of development, and while it is open to projects at all stages of development, it must be able to demonstrate a strong likelihood of being financed and produced.

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The second is the Matched Market Program, which offers guaranteed matched funding to South Australian production companies who have already secured some support. This will give South Australian producers an edge in attracting market partners for their slates and projects, with the certainty that the SAFC will match their development contribution.

This is not the first time SAFC have partnered with Stan. The funding body has previously worked with 9 Entertainments’ streaming service on the two-season TV adaptation of Wolf Creek. They also recently partnered on upcoming thriller series The Tourist from Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning production company Two Brothers Pictures. The upcoming Stan Original Series stars Jamie Dornan and Hugo Weaving, and is currently filming in South Australia. 

SA’s Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni MP praised the partnership, saying ‘‘This exciting new initiative will further cement South Australia’s reputation as a hub of screen creative excellence by providing fresh opportunities for local talent to create ambitious new works for a national platform.

‘I look forward to seeing what exciting new series develop as a result.’

The Stan and SAFC Development Fund will open for applications from Thursday 13 May, 2021. More information is available.

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