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Screen Tasmania

Advanced stage funding – recoupable grant up to $30 000

Funding is available to assist with non-draft related costs. It is offered exclusively to projects that can demonstrate marketplace interest for the development of episode outlines, draft scripts and non-draft expenses related to financing a project.

Non-draft related costs include:

  • the development of pitch materials related to financing
  • marketing consultancies
  • market and financing travel
  • budget and schedule preparation
  • preliminary casting costs
  • production of audio-visual material, and
  • producer fees (not exceeding $2 000).

Advanced stage funding is not available for short-form series projects.

  • Eligibility
  • Eligibility

    To be eligible to apply for funding under the Project development program, the project must be intended for production in Tasmania, or provide demonstrable benefits to the Tasmanian screen production industry.

    You must meet the general eligibility requirements detailed in the General Guidelines and must:

    • be, or have attached to the project, a Tasmanian key creative such as a writer, producer or director (expatriate and non-Tasmanians should refer to the General Guidelines for eligibility details),
    • be, or have attached to the project in a key creative role, an experienced practitioner as defined in the General Guidelines (short-form series must at minimum have an emerging practitioner),
    • have control of copyright of the project as defined in the General Guidelines.

    All projects must demonstrate that the project has been developed to a reasonable level (beyond early-stage development) before applying.

    Projects that have previously been unsuccessful in securing Screen Tasmania funding can only be submitted if the project has changed significantly, or if Screen Tasmania specifically invites such an application. If resubmitting you must clearly demonstrate how the project has changed.

    Projects that have unsuccessfully submitted twice cannot be resubmitted.

    Projects that have received development funding from another Screen Tasmania program (such as a special initiative) may still apply to this program.

    Additional eligibility requirements: advanced stage funding

    • Projects must provide documented evidence of genuine marketplace interest.

    While advanced stage funding is only available once, Screen Tasmania reserves the right to allow multiple applications in exceptional circumstances (for example, evidence of significant and ongoing marketplace support).

  • Assessment criteria
  • Assessment criteria

    In addition to the information detailed in the General Guidelines, the application will be assessed on:

    • the strength and originality of the concept/story idea and the quality of the writing as evidenced in the submitted written materials
    • the mix of skills, diversity of backgrounds, and experience of the creative team, and the likelihood that their experience will advance the project
    • the target audience, where the project will fit in the marketplace and development of a comprehensive market strategy
    • the quality and rigour of the development notes, and
    • the feasibility of the project – that is, the likelihood of the project advancing into production.

    You will need to lodge documents outlining the project's history and your development plan. To assist in preparing these documents, we've prepared some Guidance Notes for your reference.

    Special conditions:

    Further to the assessment processes outlined in the General Guidelines, we will seek a report from an independent consultant (such as a writer, script editor or producer) to assist with assessing the application against the above criteria. The report will be presented to applicants for their comment.

    Applicants should also keep in mind that:

    • You should request a funding amount commensurate with a project’s stage of development and the proposed deliverables
    • Not all projects will be funded to the full amount requested.
    • Applicants are expected to cover some of the development costs by way of cash or deferment.
    • Screen Tasmania will not fund the acquisition of rights, option agreements or legal fees.
    • The production of any teasers/trailers must occur in Tasmania, using Tasmanian practitioners, unless otherwise negotiated with Screen Tasmania.

    Projects that are set and/or intend to be produced in locations outside of Tasmania may apply as long as there are demonstrable benefits to the Tasmanian screen industry.
    (A 25 per cent premium on development funds will be charged and be required to be repaid in full to Screen Tasmania upon the first day of principal photography)

  • How do I apply?
  • How do I apply?

    This is a rolling program and applications will be considered at any closing date. Funding for each of the three categories must be made individually.

    Applicants must speak to Screen Tasmania’s Development Manager to discuss their project before submitting an application. Please call the Screen Tasmania offices to arrange an appointment on (03) 6165 5070.

    Please also refer to our Terms of Trade and General Guidelines when making an application.

    Applications must be lodged through the Applications Portal.

  • Eligibility
  • Eligibility

    To be eligible to apply for funding under the Project development program, the project must be intended for production in Tasmania, or provide demonstrable benefits to the Tasmanian screen production industry.

    You must meet the general eligibility requirements detailed in the General Guidelines and must:

    • be, or have attached to the project, a Tasmanian key creative such as a writer, producer or director (expatriate and non-Tasmanians should refer to the General Guidelines for eligibility details),
    • be, or have attached to the project in a key creative role, an experienced practitioner as defined in the General Guidelines (short-form series must at minimum have an emerging practitioner),
    • have control of copyright of the project as defined in the General Guidelines.

    All projects must demonstrate that the project has been developed to a reasonable level (beyond early-stage development) before applying.

    Projects that have previously been unsuccessful in securing Screen Tasmania funding can only be submitted if the project has changed significantly, or if Screen Tasmania specifically invites such an application. If resubmitting you must clearly demonstrate how the project has changed.

    Projects that have unsuccessfully submitted twice cannot be resubmitted.

    Projects that have received development funding from another Screen Tasmania program (such as a special initiative) may still apply to this program.

    Additional eligibility requirements: advanced stage funding

    • Projects must provide documented evidence of genuine marketplace interest.

    While advanced stage funding is only available once, Screen Tasmania reserves the right to allow multiple applications in exceptional circumstances (for example, evidence of significant and ongoing marketplace support).

  • Assessment criteria
  • Assessment criteria

    In addition to the information detailed in the General Guidelines, the application will be assessed on:

    • the strength and originality of the concept/story idea and the quality of the writing as evidenced in the submitted written materials
    • the mix of skills, diversity of backgrounds, and experience of the creative team, and the likelihood that their experience will advance the project
    • the target audience, where the project will fit in the marketplace and development of a comprehensive market strategy
    • the quality and rigour of the development notes, and
    • the feasibility of the project – that is, the likelihood of the project advancing into production.

    You will need to lodge documents outlining the project's history and your development plan. To assist in preparing these documents, we've prepared some Guidance Notes for your reference.

    Special conditions:

    Further to the assessment processes outlined in the General Guidelines, we will seek a report from an independent consultant (such as a writer, script editor or producer) to assist with assessing the application against the above criteria. The report will be presented to applicants for their comment.

    Applicants should also keep in mind that:

    • You should request a funding amount commensurate with a project’s stage of development and the proposed deliverables
    • Not all projects will be funded to the full amount requested.
    • Applicants are expected to cover some of the development costs by way of cash or deferment.
    • Screen Tasmania will not fund the acquisition of rights, option agreements or legal fees.
    • The production of any teasers/trailers must occur in Tasmania, using Tasmanian practitioners, unless otherwise negotiated with Screen Tasmania.

    Projects that are set and/or intend to be produced in locations outside of Tasmania may apply as long as there are demonstrable benefits to the Tasmanian screen industry.
    (A 25 per cent premium on development funds will be charged and be required to be repaid in full to Screen Tasmania upon the first day of principal photography)

  • How do I apply?
  • How do I apply?

    This is a rolling program and applications will be considered at any closing date. Funding for each of the three categories must be made individually.

    Applicants must speak to Screen Tasmania’s Development Manager to discuss their project before submitting an application. Please call the Screen Tasmania offices to arrange an appointment on (03) 6165 5070.

    Please also refer to our Terms of Trade and General Guidelines when making an application.

    Applications must be lodged through the Applications Portal.

    Eligibility

    Eligibility

    To be eligible to apply for funding under the Project development program, the project must be intended for production in Tasmania, or provide demonstrable benefits to the Tasmanian screen production industry.

    You must meet the general eligibility requirements detailed in the General Guidelines and must:

    • be, or have attached to the project, a Tasmanian key creative such as a writer, producer or director (expatriate and non-Tasmanians should refer to the General Guidelines for eligibility details),
    • be, or have attached to the project in a key creative role, an experienced practitioner as defined in the General Guidelines (short-form series must at minimum have an emerging practitioner),
    • have control of copyright of the project as defined in the General Guidelines.

    All projects must demonstrate that the project has been developed to a reasonable level (beyond early-stage development) before applying.

    Projects that have previously been unsuccessful in securing Screen Tasmania funding can only be submitted if the project has changed significantly, or if Screen Tasmania specifically invites such an application. If resubmitting you must clearly demonstrate how the project has changed.

    Projects that have unsuccessfully submitted twice cannot be resubmitted.

    Projects that have received development funding from another Screen Tasmania program (such as a special initiative) may still apply to this program.

    Additional eligibility requirements: advanced stage funding

    • Projects must provide documented evidence of genuine marketplace interest.

    While advanced stage funding is only available once, Screen Tasmania reserves the right to allow multiple applications in exceptional circumstances (for example, evidence of significant and ongoing marketplace support).

    Assessment criteria

    Assessment criteria

    In addition to the information detailed in the General Guidelines, the application will be assessed on:

    • the strength and originality of the concept/story idea and the quality of the writing as evidenced in the submitted written materials
    • the mix of skills, diversity of backgrounds, and experience of the creative team, and the likelihood that their experience will advance the project
    • the target audience, where the project will fit in the marketplace and development of a comprehensive market strategy
    • the quality and rigour of the development notes, and
    • the feasibility of the project – that is, the likelihood of the project advancing into production.

    You will need to lodge documents outlining the project's history and your development plan. To assist in preparing these documents, we've prepared some Guidance Notes for your reference.

    Special conditions:

    Further to the assessment processes outlined in the General Guidelines, we will seek a report from an independent consultant (such as a writer, script editor or producer) to assist with assessing the application against the above criteria. The report will be presented to applicants for their comment.

    Applicants should also keep in mind that:

    • You should request a funding amount commensurate with a project’s stage of development and the proposed deliverables
    • Not all projects will be funded to the full amount requested.
    • Applicants are expected to cover some of the development costs by way of cash or deferment.
    • Screen Tasmania will not fund the acquisition of rights, option agreements or legal fees.
    • The production of any teasers/trailers must occur in Tasmania, using Tasmanian practitioners, unless otherwise negotiated with Screen Tasmania.

    Projects that are set and/or intend to be produced in locations outside of Tasmania may apply as long as there are demonstrable benefits to the Tasmanian screen industry.
    (A 25 per cent premium on development funds will be charged and be required to be repaid in full to Screen Tasmania upon the first day of principal photography)

    How do I apply?

    How do I apply?

    This is a rolling program and applications will be considered at any closing date. Funding for each of the three categories must be made individually.

    Applicants must speak to Screen Tasmania’s Development Manager to discuss their project before submitting an application. Please call the Screen Tasmania offices to arrange an appointment on (03) 6165 5070.

    Please also refer to our Terms of Trade and General Guidelines when making an application.

    Applications must be lodged through the Applications Portal.