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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 South Australian Film Corporation’s primary focus is the long-term sustainability of the South Australian screen industry. As an immediate response to the impacts of COVID-19 the SAFC is focusing its remaining development funds for the 2019-20 financial year towards projects that provide maximum benefit to the state, including employment of significant numbers of South Australians.

The Targeted Development Grant has been developed as part of a raft of support measures against the impacts of COVID-19. Along with the Matched Market Development Grant, it temporarily replaces the SAFC’s Early and Advanced Development Grants.

What is on offer?

The Targeted Development Grant supports 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 and will employ significant numbers of South Australians.

Projects funded under this program must have clear development goals and a demonstrated pathway to audience. Development is open to projects at early and mid-stage development, but must be able to demonstrate a strong likelihood of being financed and produced within the next 12-18 months.

Applicants can apply for up to $25,000, depending on the type of project, the development activities proposed, the scope of the final project and the level of market interest.

Key dates

Applications can be made at any time and will be assessed within four weeks.

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

Matched Market Development Grant

The South Australian Film Corporation’s primary focus is the long-term sustainability of the South Australian screen industry, and the SAFC is committed to supporting South Australian producers to work with market partners to develop commercially viable projects that can contribute to sector-wide recovery.

The Matched Market Development Grant has been developed as part of a raft of support measures against the impacts of COVID-19. Along with the Targeted Development Grant, it temporarily replaces the SAFC’s Early and Advanced Development Grants.

What is on offer?

The Matched Market Program provides guaranteed matched funding to South Australian projects with secured third-party development support. It encourages South Australian producers to go out and find market partners, with the certainty that SAFC will match their development contribution.

Credited producers may apply for Matched Market Development uncapped, 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.

Key dates

Applications can be made at any time and will be assessed within five business days.

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

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 open Monday 23 March, 2020.

Applications close Friday 8 May, 2020.

The successful applicant will be notified Friday 12 June, 2020.

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

Past Programs

Early Development Grant

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note this grant program is temporarily on hold. During the COVID-19 Pandemic Period, please instead refer to the Targeted Development Grant and Matched Market Development Grant.

This scheme supports the early development of outstanding, original and creative Australian screen content viable for production and/or post production in South Australia.

What is on offer?

Early Stage Development Grant funds can be used towards:

  • Development of treatments, scene breakdowns and/or beat sheets;
  • Development of first drafts from short documents;
  • Development of mini-bibles and/or episode outlines for television or online series;
  • Location recces, where relevant at this stage;
  • Creation of sizzle reels or promotional trailers;
  • Detailed research and development of factual pitch documents.

There is no cap, but the development budget will need to be based on industry standard fees and charges and consistent with proposed deliverables. Amounts approved will be subject to the SAFC discretion and available resources.

Key dates

The SAFC’s Early and Advanced Development Grant programs are temporarily on hold.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic Period, please instead refer to the Targeted Development Grant and Matched Market Development Grant.

Please also subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed of future opportunities.

Guidelines

Acquittal

To obtain an acquittal form, please contact SAFC Program Coordinator Jess Cahill on 08 8394 2029 or email programs@safilm.com.au

Advanced Development Grant

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note this grant program is temporarily on hold. During the COVID-19 Pandemic Period, please instead refer to the Targeted Development Grant and Matched Market Development Grant.

This scheme supports later stage costs to complete financing where likely market interest has been established and/or actually committed for production and/or post production in South Australia.

What is on offer?

Advanced Development Grant funds can be used towards:

  • Latest draft funding;
  • The development of pitch materials related to financing, budget and schedule preparation;
  • Preliminary casting costs;
  • Location recces;
  • Script readings;
  • Creative and technical testing (VR and AR projects].

There is no cap but the development budget will need to be based on industry standard fees and charges and consistent with proposed deliverables. Amounts approved will be subject to the SAFC discretion and available resources.

Key dates

The SAFC’s Early and Advanced Development Grant programs are temporarily on hold.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic Period, please instead refer to the Targeted Development Grant and Matched Market Development Grant.

Please also subscribe to our mailing list to stay informed of future opportunities.

Guidelines

Acquittal

To obtain an acquittal form, please contact SAFC Program Coordinator Jess Cahill on 08 8394 2029 or email 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)