Stan and ACTF announce call for family-friendly film pitches

Stan has partnered with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) on a call for film pitches for young and family audiences across Australia.
Stan and ACTF hope to encourage more quality Australian films for kids, like 2019's Storm Boy.

The streaming service Stan has partnered with the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) on a call for film pitches for young and family audiences across Australia. The partnership is looking for family-friendly live-action film pitches, which will stream on Stan. 

The announcement calls for pitches of feature-length, live-action films with a G or PG rating, for children and their families, or a tween/teen audience. Successful applicants will be able to enter into a Development Agreement with ACTF and Stan, or a Commissioning and Licensing Agreement with Stan and an Investment and Distribution Agreement with the ACTF.

The call for pitches is open from 11 August – 13 September through ACTF’s website.

Submitted pitches must include: 
  • A project summary form,
  • 1-2 page synopsis,
  • A page outlining creative vision and distinctive features, and the elements that make the characters, world or setting of the film unique and distinctive; 
  • A page outlining the film’s hook, and how it will engage children and their families or teen/tween audiences;
  • A 1 page background document outlining the key creative team and production company
  • If the pitch is an adaptation of an existing work, the application must also include a copy of the option. 

Further guidelines on writing a competitive pitch are also available. 

Stan’s Chief Content Officer Cailah Scobie described the partnership as a sign of Stan’s commitment to original Australian screen content to audiences of all ages. She said: ‘ACTF has supported high-quality children’s content for nearly 40 years, and are leaders in their field, and we welcome this collaboration and working with the sector to bring these feature films to life.’

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ACTF CEO Jenny Buckland, also underscored the importance of commissioning for young audiences. She praised Stan’s Australian original content commissioning, and expressed enthusiasm that the platform was extending its reach to children’s programming: ‘For a long time we have admired the original Australian content Stan has been commissioning for adult audiences. So we are absolutely thrilled that Stan is now stepping into the children’s space with this commitment to children’s films and looking forward to working with Stan in this partnership.’

Stan and ACTF’s call for pitches for children and family films is open 11 August – 13 September. Writers, creators and producers can submit their projects through ACTF’s 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