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

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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).

Early 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

Applications can be made at any time.

Guidelines

How can I apply?

Submit your application using the SAFC’s online form (pop-up)

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).

Acquittal form

Advanced 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

Applications can be made at any time.

Guidelines

How can I apply?

Submit your application using the SAFC’s online form (pop-up)

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).

Acquittal form

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)