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First Day (2019): Evie Macdonald hugs Arwen Diamond, while Elena Liu and Nandini Rajagopal look on. Photo by ian Routledge, courtesy Epic Films

FUNDING & SUPPORT

Other Support & Resources

The SAFC provides funding and support to a wide variety of screen practitioners and productions – but there are some projects that fall outside the scope of our programs. Below are some useful links to alternative screen support options and industry resources.

What the SAFC doesn’t do
  • Fund non-narrative content and formats ineligible under the SAFC Terms of Trade.
    “Narrative” means a structured story or account of a series of events or experiences, whether documentary or fiction.
  • Produce titles in-house.
  • Provide PR or marketing services for individual titles.
  • Authorise the exhibition/broadcast of content.
  • Hire crew, talent or extras for productions.
  • Fund audience development / screen culture initiatives.
How can I find and hire a South Australian producer/key creative/crew member for my project?

The SAFC Crew and Services Directory lists contact details for South Australian screen creatives, crew and screen service providers, and is searchable by category, name, company or credits. All practitioners listed have had their credentials approved against set criteria by the SAFC.

The SAFC’s Adelaide Studios facilities in Glenside is a creative hub of more than 25 South Australian businesses and companies in the film, television and digital media industries, including producers, casting agents, animation and digital content studios and more. Find a full list of all tenants and their contact details in our Adelaide Studios Screen Creatives page.

How can I get permits for filming on location in South Australia?

If you are planning to film on location in South Australia, you may require a permit from the relevant local Council. Find a Council area map and contact details for SA Councils at the Local Government Association website.

If you are planning to undertake any filming or still photography in a South Australian National Park for commercial purposes, you may require a Commercial Filming Agreement or Photography Permit. Find out more and apply for a permit via the Department for Environment and Water.

Find out more about what locations South Australia has to offer on the SAFC’s Locations page.

Where can I get support for developing a script?

The SAFC does not accept unsolicited scripts or “pre-assess” applications before they are submitted through our funding programs.

Mercury CX provides script consultation services to its members for a fee, with discounts available depending on the level of membership. For further details contact hello@mercurycx.org  

Please see below a list of resources related to script development and assessment.

How do I put together an agreement for my screen project?

The Arts Law Centre of Australia sells a range of templates for agreements for the screen industry, from cast and crew agreements to loan agreements, music licensing agreements for games and more. 

Screen Producers Australia negotiates benchmark industrial agreements and commercial arrangements, offering businesses exclusive access to resources, expert advice and dispute resolution services. Their negotiated agreements and template contracts are regularly updated and available for use under an exclusive licence to members, or on a single project basis. Find out more here.

The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) provides members with access to a complimentary contract starter kit, containing proforma templates for a variety of agreements and contracts relevant to games industry members. Find out more here.

How do I put together a budget/finance plan?

Screen Australia have a range of downloadable templates and tools for screen practitioners, including budget spreadsheets, finance plans and more.

You might want to engage a South Australian production manager or line producer to put your budget together – you can search the SAFC’s Crew & Services Directory for suitable people.

SAFC Games Consultant and games industry expert Vee Pendergrast has created a downloadable Excel spreadsheet to aid game developers in putting together a budget/finance plan.

Where can I get legal and/or business advice for my screen business or project?

The Arts Law Centre of Australia provides free or low cost specialised legal advice, education and resources to Australian artists and arts organisations across all art forms, including games development, on a wide range of arts related legal and business matters.

You can also search the SAFC’s Crew & Services Directory for South Australian legal practitioners who specialise in the screen industry.

The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) has a selection of downloadable information sheets that are free to all members of the Australian games industry – find out more here.

IGEA also offers a free legal advice call service to members, with Mat Jessep of Game Legal. Calls can be booked via the IGEA website.

Where can I find out more about copyright?

The Australian Copyright Council represents the peak bodies for professional artists and content creators working in Australia’s creative industries and Australia’s major copyright collecting societies. You can find a list of answers to common copyright questions here.

If you wish to use music in an advertisement/premium campaign, film or TV production or game you need the permission and a licence from the copyright owners of the musical work and sound recordings. Music rights organisation APRA AMCOS Research Service can help you obtain the details of particular published works and who holds the copyright to them. Find out more about this service here.

Screenrights is a non-profit organisation appointed by the Australian Government that licenses educational institutions to copy screen and radio content. Nearly all schools, universities and some TAFEs in Australia have a Screenrights licence, and the fees they pay for the licence are distributed to the rightsholders in the programs they use. You need to be a member to receive royalty payments, and membership is free. Find out more about membership here.

How can I best engage and work with First Nations Practitioners on my project?

The SAFC recommends Screen Australia’s comprehensive guide for all filmmakers working with First Nations (Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander) content and communities, titled Pathways & Protocols: a filmmaker’s guide to working with Indigenous people, culture and concepts

The Australia Council also has a downloadable guide to Protocols for Using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts – a guide to best practice for anyone working with First Nations artists or within the First Nations arts and cultural sector that examines key legal, ethical and moral considerations for the use of First Nations cultural material in the arts.

If you’re looking to engage First Nations crew and/or service providers on your project, you can search for them in the SAFC’s Crew & Services Directory.

For further assistance in finding and engaging South Australian First Nations practitioners, contact SAFC First Nations Industry Development Executive Nara Wilson on 08 8394 2020 or email nara.wilson@safilm.com.au

What requirements are there for working with children?

People working or volunteering with children in South Australia must, by law, have a Working with Children Check. A Working with Children Check is an assessment of whether a person poses an unacceptable risk to children. As part of the process, the Department of Human Services Screening Unit will look at criminal history, child protection information and other information.

Where else can I apply for funding and get support?

South Australia

A range of organisations exists in South Australia to provide support for the local creative sector:

Mercury CX provides support for entry level screen practitioners in South Australia, including funding programs, workshops, hot desking facilities, edit suite and equipment hire, networking events, screening programs, production funding initiatives, insurances, and high level industry labs. Tailored professional development programs are offered for emerging practitioners as well as opportunities for those seeking to advance their skills and build industry networks.

Adelaide Film Festival provides equity investment in Australian screen production for the big and small screen through the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund.

The Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund (RCSF) supports researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses to accelerate their progress with funding from the South Australian Government, administered via the Department for Innovation and Skills.

The Helpmann Academy provides professional development opportunities including grants and awards, fellowships, mentorships, masterclasses and seminars, advisory services and international artist residencies, all tailored specifically for South Australia’s higher education students, graduates and emerging artists.

Carclew provides young people aged 26 and under support to try different art forms, and supports emerging artists to develop their craft and advocates for youth arts practice.

Country Arts SA provides a range of services and programs to ensure regional South Australians have access to arts and cultural development opportunities.

National & Interstate

Screen Australia is the national Federal Government direct funding body for the Australian screen production industry. There are also a number of other national and state agencies that also support the Australian screen industry.

Other organisations that provide support for the screen sector in Australia include:

Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) is an independent not-for-profit organisation supporting documentary filmmakers through fiscal sponsorship, access to online resources and in-person training.

Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) is a not-for-profit organisation supporting documentary, factual and unscripted storytelling in all screen and digital forms. The annual conference in Melbourne serves as both a marketplace to showcase the work of Australian and international producers, and a forum to discuss content, craft, technology and future directions.

The Natalie Miller Fellowship (NMF) supports the professional leadership of aspirational women in all sectors of the Australian screen industry, developing further skills, knowledge and connections through fellowships and programs. Annually, the NMF awards the Natalie Miller Fellowship—a cash grant of up to $20,000—to a recipient to pursue leadership development opportunities focused on building and enhancing their leadership capabilities and creating positive outcomes for the industry as a whole. The NMF also provides access to practical and inspirational leadership-focused learning and industry networking through its Brilliant Careers Leadership Forum, held biennially.

The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund make grants across Australia in various sectors, including creative fellowships for individual artists, arts managers and thought leaders in the arts and humanities.

The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) keeps a regularly updated list of state and federal Government incentives and support packages for Australian game developers – you can access it here.

COVID-19

The SAFC has compiled a list of all available State and Federal Government COVID-19 support programs and initiatives relevant to the SA screen sector into one downloadable document. This PDF will be kept updated as more COVID-19 support measures are announced.

How can I become an extra or get a role in a film?

The SAFC is not involved in the hiring of talent or extras for productions (for further information, see the What the SAFC Doesn’t Do section above).

Sometimes SAFC supported productions may issue a call-out for SA screen professionals, including extras, to work on the production. You can see a list of any current opportunities on our Work in the Screen Industry page.

If you’re an actor, model or performer looking to become an extra or get cast in a production, we recommend contacting Adelaide Studios based casting agents Heesom Casting and RMT Management. You can read more about each business on our Adelaide Studios Screen Creatives Hub page.

You can also try contacting:

How can I get into the Screen Industry?

Just starting out? Check out our Getting Involved in the Screen Industry page for some helpful resources and general information about entering the film and television industry.

Main image: First Day (2019), photo by Ian Routledge, courtesy Epic Films

Martha A Picture Story (2019)

Other Grants & Opportunities

This is a non-exhaustive list of grants, funding opportunities, job vacancies and competitions relevant to the Australian screen sector, updated fortnightly. Please note some of these listings are sourced from other organisations, and are not necessarily endorsed by the SAFC.  All inquiries about the below opportunities should be directed to the organisations listed.

  • Film submissions for Australian Dance Theatre and Mercury CX’s FLOW program close 4 July. Read more
  • Applications for the $60,000 Mercury CX Quicksilver Production Initiative 2021, supported by the SAFC, close 6 July. Read more
  • Applications for the IGEA, SAFC and Department for Trade and Investment Jason Della Rocca Mentorship for games developers close 12 July. Read more
  • Applications for SBS, NITV, Screen Australia and SAFC Curious Australia close 12 July. Read more
  • Entries for The Location Guide 2021 Makers & Shakers Awards close 23 July. Read more
  • Applications for the Stan and SAFC Development Fund close 9 August. Read more
  • Earlybird entries for the 2022 Fleurieu Film Festival close 23 August. SAFC mailing list subscribers receive a discount of 10% with code SAFC. Read more
  • Registrations are now open for the Mercury CX Screenmakers Conference running 9-12 September. Read more
  • Entries for the Studio21 Drama Series Script Competition close 1 October. Read more
  • Entries are open for the AACTA Awards across all categories. Read more
  • Applications are open for the Australian Cultural FundRead more

Screen industry jobs vacant

  • Floodlight is hiring for a Senior Content Creator. Read more
  • Mighty Kingdom is hiring for 13 roles in its Adelaide office including Narrative Designer, Senior 3D Artist and Game Designer. Read more
  • Rising Sun Pictures is hiring for 15 roles in its Adelaide office including Creature FX, Senior VFX Producer and Animator. Read more
  • Foxie Games is hiring for three roles in its Adelaide office including Senior Game Designer, with Expressions of Interest open for seven other roles. Read more
  • SA crew and screen service providers can add their CV and contact details to the SAFC’s free Crew and Services DirectoryRead more

If you would like to list a screen industry opportunity or job here, please email communications@safilm.com.au

Image: Martha A Picture Story (2019)