Screenwest opens funding rounds for documentary and scripted content

Offering millions in funding to WA productions, this is the film body’s first production round for the 2021-2 financial year.

Screenwest has opened its latest funding rounds for Western Australian documentary and scripted content, as well as their Footloose Production Fund. The funding body’s latest round offers up to $600k for scripted content and $400k for documentary and factual content. 

In order to be eligible, projects must reach Screenwest’s standard to qualify as Western Australian content. Eligible projects must reach the 10-point mark, with points awarded for the inclusion of Western Australians in key roles in the crew, including producer, post-production, director, writer and editor roles, as well as the inclusion of WA production companies, copyright being owned by a WA company, or the production taking place in an identifiably WA setting. 

Applications are open now until 16 August. 

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Documentary fund

The Documentary Production Fund provides production finance for feature length documentary films and factual series with significant marketplace attachments from traditional and new online platforms and distributors.

Producers and/or production companies can for up to $800,000 in any one financial year through the Documentary Production Fund.

If an applicant has reached this cap, they are still eligible to access further production funding from The Scripted and Footloose Production Funds, Special initiatives and On Demand Content funding to total the $1.2million financial year cap per production company. 

Scripted Content fund

The Scripted Production Fund provides production finance for Western Australian feature films, telemovies and scripted series with significant marketplace attachments from traditional and new distribution platforms (with significant audience share).

Qualifying scripted projects can apply for Base Funding of up to $600,000. They may also top this amount up with additional funds through Incentive Funding. 

Producers and/or production companies can apply for up to a maximum of $1.2 million per financial year from Screenwest Footloose Production funding. They can also apply for a maximum of $1.2 million per financial year across all Screenwest Production funding programs, including Scripted, Footloose, Documentary and On Demand Content funding.

Footloose Production Fund 

The Footloose Production Fund is designed to help secure high profile, market driven, local, national and international footloose, scripted screen productions to Western Australia. This production round emphasises the importance of showcasing local stories, locations and/or culture to an international audience, and to assist in the development of the Western Australian screen sector.

Like scripted content funding applicants, producers and/or production companies can apply for up to $1.2 million per financial year from either Screenwest Footloose Production funding, or across all Screenwest Production funding programs. 

Applications for Documentary, Scripted and Footloose Production Rounds are open at Screenwest until 16 August 2021, 5:00pm AWST.

The full guidelines, application materials and eligibility criteria for each funding program are available on the Production Funding page of the Screenwest website.

Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob