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Development

SAFC supports the development of outstanding, creative and original screen productions.

Click the headings below for more information about how SAFC can support you.

Targeted Development Grant

The Targeted Development Grant supports the development of South Australian owned Intellectual Property (IP) by way of the advancement of ambitious and original South Australian screen projects that can be produced and post-produced in South Australia and which have the potential to deliver substantial benefits to the South Australian screen sector.

What is on offer?

Projects funded under this program must have clear development goals and a demonstrated pathway to audience. Development is open to projects at early, mid-stage and late-stage development, and must be able to demonstrate a strong likelihood of being financed and produced.

Applicants can apply for up to $20,000, depending on the type of project, the development activities proposed, the scope of the final project and the level of market interest.

Targeted Development Funding is considered a partial contribution to the next stage of development. Funds may be used towards development activities including (but not limited to): writers’ room costs, series bibles, episode outlines, draft scripts, detailed research, script editing, budgeting, scheduling, casting, writing of a documentary treatment, creation of a teaser, proof of concepts, prototyping for VR, producer fees, director fees, writer fees, location manager fees, line producer fees, script editors and script consultants.

Key dates

Applications can be made at any time and will be assessed and a decision advised within four weeks from the receipt of all required materials.

Guidelines

How can I apply?

Submit your application through the SAFC’s online grant portal: safilm.smartygrants.com.au

Before you apply, please make sure you are familiar with the SAFC’s Terms of Trade. Applicants must discuss their application with the SAFC Production and Development Team prior to applying.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and application instructions, download the guidelines (linked above).

Where can I find out more?

Contact Development and Industry Development Executive Kath McIntyre on 08 8394 2008 or kath.mcintyre@safilm.com.au

Matched Market Development Grant

The Matched Market Program provides guaranteed matched funding to South Australian production companies with secured third-party development support from the market. It empowers South Australian producers to attract market partners for their slates and projects, with the certainty that the SAFC will match their development contribution.

What is on offer?

Production companies incorporated in, or with their headquarters in, South Australia may apply for uncapped Matched Market Development, subject to the availability of SAFC funds.

Projects must be intended for commercial release via; theatrical cinema release; television broadcast or SVOD; digital and/or online platforms.

Matched Market Development Funding is considered a partial contribution to the next stage of development. Funds may be used towards development activities including (but not limited to): world building, writer’s room costs, series bibles, episode outlines, draft scripts, detailed research, script editing, budgeting, scheduling, casting, location scouting, legal fees, writing of a documentary treatment, creation of a teaser, proof of concepts, prototyping for VR, producer fees, writer fees and director fees, script editors and script consultants.

Key dates

Applications can be made at any time and will be assessed within five business days from the receipt of all required materials.

Guidelines

How can I apply?

Submit your application through the SAFC’s online grant portal: safilm.smartygrants.com.au

Before you apply, please make sure you are familiar with the SAFC’s Terms of Trade.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and application instructions, download the guidelines (linked above).

Where can I find out more?

Contact Development and Industry Development Executive Kath McIntyre on 08 8394 2008 or kath.mcintyre@safilm.com.au

Lottie Lyell Award 2020
Shalom Almond
Inaugural Lottie Lyell Award winner Shalom Almond.

Lottie Lyell (1890 – 1925) is widely regarded as Australia’s first female film producer, and was a celebrated actor, director, script writer and film editor. In 1917, Lyell’s feminist silent film, The Woman Suffers, became South Australia’s first feature film.

Committed to advancing the Australian film industry, Lyell’s screen career culminated in her making and starring in the 1919 landmark silent feature, The Sentimental Bloke, in close collaboration with director, Raymond Longford, with whom she ran one of South Australia’s earliest screen production companies, the Southern Cross Feature Film Company.

In recognition of Lottie Lyell’s pioneering work in South Australia, the SAFC developed the Lottie Lyell Award, to support the creative aspirations of female identifying South Australian writers and writer/directors who embody the indomitable spirit of this Australian film pioneer.

The inaugural Lottie Lyell recipient was Prisoners and Pups creator Shalom Almond, who used the funds to develop her documentary project Jailbirds and Songbirds in collaboration with inmates at the Adelaide Women’s Prison.

What is on offer?

$20,000 in development funding for a project that is daring, ambitious and original by a South Australian emerging, mid-career or established writer or writer/director who identifies as female.

The project can be in any genre or format eligible under the SAFC Terms of Trade and must be intended for production and post-production in South Australia.

Key dates

Applications have now closed.

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Guidelines

How can I apply?

Submit your application through the SAFC’s online grant portal: safilm.smartygrants.com.au

Before you apply, please make sure you are familiar with the SAFC’s Terms of Trade.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and application instructions, download the guidelines (linked above).

Where can I find out more?

Contact Program Coordinator Jess Cahill on 08 8394 2029 or programs@safilm.com.au

Audio Drama and Audio Documentary Development Initiative

The South Australian Film Corporation, in partnership with Audible.com.au, is seeking proposals from South Australian creatives to develop ideas for an audio drama and audio documentary development initiative. The intended outcome of this initiative will be an entertaining audio production of between 3-6 hours, which has global appeal.

What is on offer?

This is a two-phase creative development and audio production initiative. In the first phase, up to three applicants will be shortlisted from the EOIs to receive up to $3,000 each in development funding to further progress their audio drama or documentary proposal. Following the development phase, these three projects will be presented to the SAFC and Audible for one to be potentially selected for commission.

Key dates

Applications have now closed.

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Guidelines

How can I apply?

Submit your application through the SAFC’s online grant portal: safilm.smartygrants.com.au

Before you apply, please make sure you are familiar with the SAFC’s Terms of Trade.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and application instructions, download the guidelines (linked above).

Main image: On set of The Hunting (2019), photo credit Nat Rogers