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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): writer’s 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

Due to increased competition for development funds, applications will be assessed via
funding rounds until further notice.

Round 1:
Applications open Monday 20 September, 2021
Applications close Friday 29 October, 2021
Applicants notified Friday 26 November, 2021

Round 2:
Applications open Monday 10 January, 2022
Applications close Friday 4 March, 2022
Applicants notified Monday 4 April, 2022

Guidelines

Please contact us if you require these guidelines in an alternative format – see contact details for this program below.

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?

For initial enquiries, please contact SAFC Programs Coordinator Jess Cahill on 08 8394 2029 or email programs@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.

Due to increased demand on this fund, SAFC will match marketplace contributions up to
$25,000.

Key dates

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

Guidelines

Please contact us if you require these guidelines in an alternative format – see contact details for this program below.

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?

For initial enquiries, please contact SAFC Programs Coordinator Jess Cahill on 08 8394 2029 or email programs@safilm.com.au

Stan and SAFC Development Fund
Stan logo

The Stan and SAFC Development Fund will support South Australian writers and producers to develop premium Australian drama with world-class scope and scale.

Stan is seeking highly marketable concepts that fit with its premium, first-run, licensed international exclusives. Stan is looking for stories that respond to their Creative Brief (outlined in the Guidelines) and feature complex characters with unique dilemmas, fascinating or unique worlds and story engines that will fuel multi-season arcs.

What is on offer?

Up to four teams will be selected to develop their projects to a pitch-ready stage and present their materials to Stan for commissioning consideration.

Up to $25,000 per project is available as a development investment to cover; writer and producer fees, the costs of holding a development workshop and other development expenses (such as a consultant or note taker).

Key dates

Applications have now closed.

Applicants notified Friday 1 October, 2021

Webinar Information Session

Find out more about the fund and how to apply in this comprehensive online information session with SAFC Head of Production and Development Beth Neate and Stan Head of Scripted Amanda Duthie.

Guidelines

Where can I find out more?

For initial queries, contact the SAFC at programs@safilm.com.au or 08 8394 2029, or via the National Relay Service on 1300 555 727 then 08 8394 2029.

Curious Australia
SBS, NITV and SAFC logos

Curious Australia is a nationwide joint initiative of Screen Australia, SBS and NITV, the SAFC, Screen NSW, Film Victoria, Screenwest, Screen Tasmania, Screen QLD and Screen Territory developing exciting and innovative documentaries for SBS and NITV platforms. 

The initiative aims to support screen practitioners from under-represented backgrounds and projects that reflect gender equity and/or the diversity of people and experiences from around Australia, all of which are important culturally, creatively and economically.

For the purposes of this program, under-represented backgrounds include: those identifying as First Nations Australians; women; those with diverse age backgrounds; people from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds; people with a disability; people of diverse sexuality and gender identities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+); people from under-represented locations (including regional and remote areas); and people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

What is on offer?

Up to 13 documentaries will be commissioned as part of this strand to be broadcast on SBS On Demand, SBS Viceland and SBS & NITV.

SAFC will support up to one team for an NITV/SBS co-production. To qualify for this strand, two out of three key creatives must identify as First Nations peoples.

Eligible projects must be unscripted documentaries that reflect the SBS charter. Projects must be focused on contemporary Australian issues and promise to be compelling and engaging. Projects must be achievable within budget and suitable for the target audience in accordance with the SBS Codes of Practice and SBS Editorial Guidelines.

South Australian applicant teams must consist of at least two key creatives who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.  For the purposes of Curious Australia, key creative roles are defined as: Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, DOP. Other key roles will be considered if a strong case is made.

Applicant teams must consist of at least a director and a producer, one of whom has at least one screen credit in their respective role on a project that has been broadcast and/or screened at a recognised film festival or distributed on a significant curated online platform. 

Key dates

Applications have now closed.

Successful projects will be announced 17 September, 2021.

Complete projects delivered to SBS/NITV mid April, 2022.

Guidelines

Please contact us if you require these guidelines in an alternative format.

Where can I find out more?

Contact SAFC First Nations Industry Development Executive Nara Wilson on 08 8394 2020 or nara.wilson@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

Please contact us if you require these guidelines in an alternative format.

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