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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.

Film Lab: New Voices

19 October, 2020: A new initiative from the South Australian Film Corporation and Adelaide Film Festival in collaboration with Mercury CX, Film Lab: New Voices is a bold, ambitious and creative program that will foster a diverse, visionary and dynamic new generation of South Australian filmmakers.

The program will give three South Australian creative teams industry mentoring across a 12-month period, to develop a low-budget feature film script. One project will be selected to move into production and the final film will premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival 2022.

Film Lab: New Voices is aimed at South Australian emerging key creatives (writer, director, producer) who have short film, web series and/or narrative documentary credits, applying as a team. At least one member of the team (writer, director or producer) must be from a group under-represented in the South Australian screen industry including: women filmmakers; First Nations filmmakers, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) filmmakers, Deaf and disabled filmmakers, LGBTQIA+ filmmakers and filmmakers from regional and remote South Australia.

Read the full media release here.

Where can I find out more?

Further information about Film Lab: New Voices will be announced in late November.

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

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.

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.

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

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 Program Coordinator Kata Fodor on 08 8394 2009 or kata.fodor@safilm.com.au.

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