SA Film Corporation

Locations Liaison and Recce Assistance

Adelaide delivers convenience and accessibility unmatched by other cities with a film-friendly culture combined with lower living and production costs than any other Australian state capital.* The city backdrop features a wealth of options including heritage sandstone, ultra-modern architectural design and gritty back-streets.

Many of South Australia’s locations are within easy reach of capital city Adelaide. Within 25kms of the city centre you will find rugged coastline, rural options and dramatic bushland. An hour’s drive north, south or east of Adelaide sits famous wine regions – Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Clare Valley. Venture further and explore the world-renowned Flinders Ranges, Kangaroo Island, Limestone Coast, Coober Pedy and the Murray River.

South Australia’s temperate Mediterranean-style climate means you can shoot all year round.

Locations Liaison

The Locations Liaison Service is a free and confidential service that draws on our networks of expertise to provide location and logistics support for your project. Speak with SAFC Production Attraction & Development Executive, Sarah Lancaster to discuss your project and have a gallery created specific to your production.

Inbounds & Recces

The SAFC can help coordinate logistics, transport and accommodation for inbounds and location recces (pre-filming). Financial assistance may be considered for some cases. Reserved for interstate and international inbounds, SAFC may provide scouting support to long form productions based upon the production’s stage of development and its estimated South Australia spend. Support through the scouting programme is available for projects prior to commencement of pre-production and during financing who can demonstrate significant attachments. Scouting assistance may include covering some of the costs associated with on-ground travel including vehicle hire, accommodation, flights, and the contracting of a local Location Manager by SAFC. In some cases cost associated with South Australian budgets and budget comparison, travel and research for specific projects may be covered under this scheme. 

Assessment Criteria 
South Australia scouting assistance is provided at the discretion of SAFC Management. The guidelines of the maximum amounts of assessment are: 

Level of South Australia Production expenditure on the Production ($AU):       Maximum Assistance Level ($Au)
$1 million - $3.49 Million                                                                                                     Up to $3,000    
$3.5 million – $9.99 million                                                                                                Up to $5,000
$10 million – $14.99 million                                                                                               Up to $7,000
Over $15m                                                                                                                             Up to $10,000

South Australia Film Corporation reserves the right to offer more or less assistance than these guidelines stipulate, depending on a number of variables including available scouting funds, a production’s financing status (proof may be required), review of budget, anticipated future scouting, expenses for other projects and the long term benefits of showcasing South Australia locations to those unfamiliar with the region.  Receipts documentation will be required. 

Application for Recce Assistance
Apply using the online form here

PLEASE NOTE: Your Application Form will expire 30 days after receiving the confirmation email to your custom form. You must submit you application within 30 days or your data will be lost.

General Acquittal Form

For more information contact: sarah.lancaster@safilm.com.au

Permits

If you require a permit for filming, SAFC can direct you to the right person.

Our longstanding partnerships with South Australia’s local councils, national parks, state government authorities, indigenous groups and emergency services make it easy to assist you in obtaining the permits to facilitate your filming and production.

Australian Entertainment Visas

All non-residents working on films in Australia need a temporary work visa for the duration of their stay.

There are two main types of visa:

  • Business Electronic Travel Authority  (ETA)  - eVisitor
  • Entertainment visa (subclass 420)

Please note:

  • Visa fees may apply.
  • Visa applications may take up to 3 months to process.
  • Sponsorship is necessary for some subclass 420 visas.
  • Consultation with the union is required for some subclass 420 visas.
  • Approval from the Federal Minister for the Arts is required to import foreign performers.
  • Health, health insurance and character requirements may apply.

You may need to demonstrate you have adequate means to support yourself while in Australia and have a return airfare.

For complete information regarding Entertainment visas in Australia please visit the Ausfilm website.

*Adelaide ranked 5th most liveable city in the world by The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report, August 2014.