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The SAFC supports web, interactive and gaming productions and creatives as part of its commitment to supporting and developing all sectors of the South Australian screen industry.

South Australian Video Game Development Rebate

The SA Video Games Development Rebate (SA VGD Rebate) enables video games studios to claim a percentage of costs incurred to develop a video game in South Australia. The SA VGD Rebate is paid by the South Australian Government and administered by the SAFC.

The SA VGD Rebate is a new scheme and the first of its kind in Australia. The Rebate seeks to be responsive to the needs of the games industry and to establish South Australia as a leading location for games development by encouraging established South Australian games studios to scale and by incentivising other games studios to establish a base or undertake work in South Australia.

What is on offer?

A discretionary rebate equivalent to 10% of Eligible Expenditure on video game development work undertaken in South Australia on an Eligible Project*, subject to available funds.

A minimum of AUD $250,000 must be spent and retained in South Australia on Eligible Expenditure on an Eligible Project.

Key dates

The SA VGD Rebate will apply for projects with eligible expenditure incurred between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2022.

You do not have to wait until the game is completed before applying for Provisional Approval for the SA VGD Rebate. Applicants should apply when the schedule for the game is relatively certain and where funding for the costs of development have been confirmed.

Applications can be made throughout the year at regular intervals. Complete applications must be received no later than six weeks prior to a Board Meeting. Please note that SAFC Board dates may be subject to change at the SAFC’s discretion. Applicants can check latest Board dates and deadlines here.

Guidelines & Downloads

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

Jason Della Rocca Mentorship and Webinar Series
Games entrepreneur Jason Della Rocca, supplied IGEA
Jason Della Rocca

The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) is offering a new mentorship program and webinar series especially for Australian games developers with games industry entrepreneur and expert Jason Della Rocca.

This initiative is supported by the SAFC and the SA Department for Trade and Investment alongside Screen Queensland, Film Victoria, Creative Victoria, Screenwest, and the WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

What is on offer?

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID 19) has led to an unprecedented demand for content and with the incoming federal Digital Games Tax Offset the future of games in Australia is looking bright. To ensure that local studios can take advantage of these opportunities, Jason will be presenting a series of free webinars in June and July 2021 covering three core topics for success:

  • Keys to Success: Business Strategies for the Win
  • Pitching + Funding Refresher
  • Landscape and Competitive Analysis

These webinars are free and open to all members of the Australian games industry.

In addition, 10 studios across Australia, including two from South Australia, will get the exclusive chance of receiving 1:1 personal business-development mentorship from Jason through the Jason Della Rocca Mentorship program, including introductions to his personal network of investors and publishers.

Key dates – Webinars

Webinar 1: Keys to Success: Business Strategies for the Win
Wednesday 23 June, 2021 – 9.30am ACST
More information and registrations

Webinar 2: Pitching + Funding Refresher
Wednesday 30 June, 2021 – 9.30am ACST
More information and registrations

Webinar 3: Landscape and Competitive Analysis
Wednesday 7 July, 2021 – 9.30am ACST
More information and registrations

Key dates – Mentorship Program

Applications open 26 May, 2021.

Applications have now closed.

How can I apply?

For more information on the Jason Della Rocca Mentorship, including eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and application instructions, go to the information page on the IGEA website.

Where can I find out more?

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

Main image: Artists working at Adelaide Studios based agency Monkeystack.

Rooftop Renegade by Melonhead Games

Game-changer

South Australia’s ground-breaking Games Rebate is a first in Australia, giving local games companies the advantage in a $180 billion global industry.

Image: Rooftop Renegade, by Melonhead Games