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SAFC supports the skills and professional career development of South Australian screen creatives of all backgrounds. Click the headings below for more information about how SAFC can support you.

AIDC 2021 Conference Subsidy

Established in in 1987, the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) is the Asia-Pacific’s premier event for documentary, specialist factual and unscripted entertainment. The AIDC operates Australia’s only dedicated documentary and factual media market. The conference brings together international and national decision makers and buyers and hosts a range of pitching opportunities with market partners.

The 2021 AIDC will take place from Sunday 28 February- Wednesday 3 March in Melbourne and Online. All marketplace and conference sessions will take place online.

What is on offer?

SAFC will support up to twenty (20) South Australian factual film makers with a subsidised All Access Pass to attend the 2021 Virtual AIDC. Five (5) places will be reserved for First Nations filmmakers to participate in AIDC’s Indigenous Creators Program.

Applicants will be expected to have current factual projects in mid to advanced development.

Successful applicants will receive a link from the SAFC to apply a subsidy to their AIDC All Access Pass ticket bringing the total cost of the ticket down to $318.18 (excluding GST).

For more information on passes, please visit the AIDC website.

Key dates

Applications open 7 January 2021.

Applications close on Thursday 21st January 2021.

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 27 January 2021.

Guidelines

How can I apply?

Applications for this subsidy must be submitted through SAFC’s online grant portal: safilm.smartygrants.com.au

In addition to reading the SAFC Terms of Trade, applications must complete the online application form which will require you to include:

  • A short description of the project(s) you will be pitching at the conference
  • Goals for attending, including any confirmed participation in marketplace programs
  • Current CV

Where can I find out more?

Please direct any early enquiries to SAFC Program Coordinator Jess Cahill on 8 8394 2029 or email programs@safilm.com.au

Film Lab: New Voices

Co-funded by the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC), Adelaide Film Festival (AFF), Screen Australia and Mercury CX (formerly known as Media Resource Centre), Film Lab: New Voices is a low-budget feature film skills development initiative designed to provide a platform for the next generation of diverse, South Australian filmmaking talent.

Film Lab: New Voices will offer a bold, ambitious, and creative program that will foster a new generation of key creatives and provide a tangible production and exhibition outcome.

What is on offer?

The program will give three South Australian creative teams industry mentoring across a 12- month period to develop a low-budget feature film script which will be conceived and designed for the allocated budget.

Industry mentors with expertise in low-budget filmmaking will guide the three teams through a rigorous skills development program.

At the end of the development phase, one project will receive a $400,000 production grant to produce a feature film for premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival 2022. Teams are encouraged to be entrepreneurial however, they must obtain prior approval for any additional finance and in-kind support and be able to demonstrate that their films can be completed to a professional standard for the approved budget and timeframe.

Key dates

Expressions of interest open: Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Expressions of interest close: midnight on Friday 8 January, 2021

Webinar information session: Tuesday 1 December, 2020 – registrations essential, click here.

Successful teams will be notified the week beginning 12 February, 2021.

Webinar Information Session

On 1 December, 2020 SAFC Head of Production and Development Beth Beate, Production Executive Julie Ryan and Industry Development Executive Kath McIntyre held a webinar info session to provide an overview of the Film Lab: New Voices initiative.

Watch a replay of the session below.

Guidelines

How can I apply?

Applications should be made in the form of an Expression of Interest to the SAFC. Teams can pitch up to three projects within a single application. Applicants must discuss their application with the SAFC Production and Development Team prior to applying.

Expressions of Interest for this program will open on Tuesday 1 December, 2020 via the SAFC’s online grant portal: safilm.smartygrants.com.au

Before you submit your EOI, 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?

Please direct any early enquiries to SAFC Program Coordinator Jess Cahill on 8 8394 2029 or email programs@safilm.com.au

First Nations Internships at Channel 44
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The South Australian Film Corporation has partnered with Adelaide free to air community television station Channel 44 to create new career pathways for South Australian First Nations screen practitioners.

The partnership includes support for up to five First Nations identified interns who will be mentored at Channel 44 across key creative and crew roles. Each internship requires up to 80 hours of unpaid work that will include hands-on experience in television production, along with opportunities to learn new skills and create original content.

What is on offer?

Up to five internships will be created with interns to be mentored by experienced Channel 44 staff, with roles in on set production and within the production office.

Positions and duties available for internships across multiple roles include:

  • Operations Assistant (Production Assistant)
  • Web Development
  • Production Coordinator
  • Social Media and Marketing
  • Broadcast Assistant (Production Assistant)
  • Editor/VFX/Animation
  • Other casual production crew opportunities – hair, makeup, wardrobe.

Key dates

Applications open: Friday 18 December, 2020

Applications close: COB (5.00pm ACDT) Tuesday 5 January, 2021.

Guidelines

How can I apply?

Applicants will be selected via an interview process with Channel 44.

Applicants should submit the following documents to Albert Jamae, Channel 44 Production and Development Manager at production@c44.com.au by COB (5.00pm ACDT) Tuesday 5 January, 2021:

  • One page cover letter outlining how an internship at Channel 44 will boost your career within screen,
  • Half page bio,
  • CV including all existing screen credits or relevant experience.
  • Please also include your available dates and times

Before you submit your application, 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 more information, contact Albert Jamae, Channel 44 Production and Development Manager on 0420 98 4239 or email production@c44.com.au

Professional Crew Attachments

Professional Crew Attachments support practical, on-set skills development and training for early and mid-career South Australian crew through industry attachments in technical below-the-line roles.

Growth of the below-the-line crew base is essential to the ongoing advancement of the screen industry in South Australia. The SAFC Professional Crew Attachment program forms part of the SAFC’s commitment to providing training and development opportunities for people working in the South Australian screen industries.

Potential crew roles and skills gaps in the screen industry are identified by the SAFC, in consultation with the South Australian screen sector and are regularly reviewed.

Professional Crew Attachments are a requirement of projects that have received $150,000 or more in SAFC Screen Production Grant funding.

What is on offer?

The successful applicant will be attached to a supervising crew member or Department Head who is obliged to provide appropriate tasks and supervision, creating tangible opportunities to learn, observe and assist in the relevant department.

The expected length of attachments will be at least six weeks and should be equivalent to the number of scheduled shooting weeks. This can be across pre-production, production and post-production according to the position, nature of the production and proposed skills development outcomes. The duration of attachments will vary and is negotiated between the SAFC and the production prior to the call for applications.

Professional Crew Attachments are employed by the production company for the duration of attachment, at no less than the relevant industry award rate. Host production companies are expected to adhere to all requirements of the Fair Work Act. The production company will deduct tax and employee entitlements before their payment.

Key dates

The SAFC will issue a Call for Applications on a project by project basis. Applications can be emailed directly to the Production email address provided in the Call for Applications via the Work in the Screen Industry page.

Guidelines

How can I apply?

The SAFC will issue a Call for Applications on a project by project basis. Applications can be emailed directly to the Production email address provided in the Call for Applications via the SAFC’s Work in the Screen Industry page.

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 SAFC Program Coordinator Jess Cahill on 8 8394 2029 or email programs@safilm.com.au

Targeted Diversity Attachments

The SAFC is committed to supporting increased participation by people from groups underrepresented in the South Australian screen industry including; women, First Nations practitioners, Deaf and disabled, practitioners from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, practitioners from LGBTQIA+ communities and practitioners from regional and remote areas.

The Targeted Diversity Attachment scheme supports the SAFC’s mission to build a more inclusive screen industry in South Australia, by providing paid on-set experience for diverse key creatives and crew.

What is on offer?

The successful applicant will be attached to a supervising crew member or Department Head who is obligated to provide appropriate tasks and supervision, creating tangible opportunities to learn, observe and assist in the relevant department. The attachment may cover more than one department.

The expected length of attachments will be at least six weeks and should be equivalent to the number of scheduled shooting weeks. This can be across pre-production, production and post-production according to the position, nature of the production and proposed skills development outcomes. The duration of attachments will vary and is negotiated between the SAFC and the production prior to the call for applications.

Targeted Diversity Attachments are funded by the SAFC, at no less than the relevant industry award rate. Host production companies are expected to adhere to all requirements of the Fair Work Act. The production company will deduct tax and employee entitlements before their payment.

Guidelines

Current opportunities

How can I apply?

Targeted Diversity Attachment opportunities are mutually agreed upon by the SAFC and the Production in advance. When opportunities become available, SAFC will issue a Call for Applications for the Targeted Diversity Attachment Scheme. Current opportunities will be listed in the section above.

Submit your Expression of Interest 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.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by SAFC staff for an interview with SAFC and the production team. The SAFC and the Production will mutually select the best candidate for the position.

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

Where can I find out more?

Contact SAFC Program Coordinator Jess Cahill on 8 8394 2029 or email programs@safilm.com.au

If you have any specific access requirements please reach out to SAFC Program Coordinator Jess Cahill at programs@safilm.com.au, on 08 8394 2029 or via the national relay service.

Screen Business Planning and Mentoring Program (SBPMP)

The Screen Business Planning and Mentoring Program supports and positions established South Australian screen businesses seeking growth to achieve increased investment into their operations through business planning.

What is on offer?

Six South Australian screen companies will receive up to $5,000 each towards business training and mentoring with a recognised business advisory firm or business mentor. The funds are to assist South Australian screen companies to create a comprehensive business plan for growth and attracting investment.

Following the planning and mentorship phase, the six companies will become eligible to apply for the SAFC’s Screen Business Accelerator Program.

For an overview of both programs and tips on putting together an application, watch our webinar info session on Youtube below:

Key dates

Applications open: Monday 28 September, 2020

Applications close: Friday, 23 October, 2020

Applicants will be notified via email on Friday 6 November 2020.

It is expected that the mentoring will commence from mid-November 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?

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

Screen Business Accelerator Program (SBAP)

The Screen Business Accelerator Program supports established South Australian screen businesses to expand, diversify and innovate leading to growth in their business.

What is on offer?

Business Loans of a maximum $200,000 per annum for up to two years.

The loans may be used for slate funding, business capability, financial planning, engagement and retention of personnel, research and development, marketing, new opportunities and innovation.

Only screen businesses who have completed the Business Planning and Mentoring Program are eligible to apply for this program.

Key dates

The Screen Business Accelerator Program will open for applications from February 2021.

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?

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

Travel Funding

Travel funding supports South Australian key creatives with travel expenses to attend professionally significant national or international opportunities. 

Travel funding aims to enable the development and expansion of new networks, audiences and collaborations to build the profile and reputation of South Australian Key Creatives beyond our state borders.

What is on offer?

Travel funding is a contribution towards national or international travel costs for key creatives to attend professionally significant opportunities including: festivals, awards, markets, events and confirmed strategic business meetings.

Funds can be used on airfare, ground transportation, accommodation, and travel insurance only.

Key dates

COVID-19 UPDATE: The SAFC’s Travel Funding program is temporarily on hold.

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

Guidelines

Where can I find out more?

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

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