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General guidelines 2019

These guidelines apply to all Screen Tasmania funding programs and set out the application and assessment processes, general eligibility criteria, and other relevant matters. They should be read in conjunction with Screen Tasmania’s Terms of Trade and the relevant Program Guidelines.

1. What we fund

Screen Tasmania provides funding support for the development and production of interactive content and games, animation, television drama and comedy series, factual and documentary series and one-off documentaries, and feature films (for cinemas and other platforms). Screen Tasmania also provides industry and professional development support.

Our programs are approved under the Cultural and Creative Industries Act 2017 (the Act).

Specific funding amounts and caps are outlined in the relevant Program Guidelines. All amounts and caps are subject to available funds.

2. What we do not fund

Screen Tasmania does not fund retrospectively and does not fund the following projects or associated activities:

  • advertising or marketing campaigns, infomercials, sports broadcasts, current affairs, news and community television programs
  • projects solely intended for corporate, curriculum-based educational, training or promotional purposes
  • projects intended for non-commercial purposes (for example, community television), or productions which are not intended for national and/or international broadcast or distribution
  • interstitials, although variations may be considered in regard to animation and non-traditional forms where a genuine market interest can be shown
  • projects that are likely to be classified X18+ or RC (Refused Classification) as described in the guidelines for the Classification of Film and Computer Games available from the Classification Branch of the Commonwealth Department of Communications and the Arts www.classification.gov.au

Screen Tasmania does not fund the following activities or components of projects:

  • activities associated with a course of study or which are predominantly funded by an educational institution
  • websites unconnected with a production.

Screen Tasmania does not fund purchasing or costs for equipment or capital works, acquiring an option, or publication of film journals, books or magazines.

3. Application and assessment process

Screen Tasmania generally conducts four funding rounds each financial year. Details of application submission information and funding round dates can be found on our Screen Tasmania website. Some initiatives, notably under the Industry Development and Traineeships and Attachments programs, may be offered outside of these rounds, where opportunities are identified. 4

Assessment process

The Cultural and Creative Industries Act 2017 (the Act) prescribes ‘peer assessment’ of applications for Tasmanian Government support from Screen Tasmania. A panel of industry experts, the Screen Tasmania Expert Advisory Group (STEAG), has been appointed under the Act to assist in this process. Depending on the program, and as approved by the Minister for the Arts, an application may or may not be considered by the Expert Advisory Group, and may be decided by the Minister or Departmental officers.

The Screen Tasmania Expert Advisory Group considers applications for the higher budget programs (Project Development, Production Investment and Games Development). Because of the relatively low value and fast turnover of applications, applications under the Industry Development and Traineeships and Attachments programs are considered by the Executive Manager without reference to the Expert Advisory Group.

Reports for the Expert Advisory Group will be sought from external assessors under the Project Development, Production Investment and Games Development programs, and will be provided to applicants for comment as, while they inform the decision-making process, they do not determine the outcome.

The Expert Advisory Group assesses applications, taking into account external assessors’ reports and the advice of a Screen Tasmania project officer, and recommends whether the application should be approved by the decision-maker; either the Minister for the Arts (for Production Investment) or the Departmental Executive (for Project Development and Games Development).

Program

Recommendation from

Decision by

Industry Development

Screen Tasmania program officer

Executive Manager, Screen Tasmania

Production Investment

Screen Tasmania Expert Advisory Group

Minister for the Arts

Traineeships and Attachments

Screen Tasmania program officer

Executive Manager, Screen Tasmania

Project Development

Screen Tasmania Expert Advisory Group

Executive Manager, Screen Tasmania

Games Development

Screen Tasmania Expert Advisory Group

Executive Manager, Screen Tasmania

Proof-of-concept Production

Screen Tasmania Expert Advisory Group

Executive Manager, Screen Tasmania