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SAFC supports the production of drama and documentary screen content, in particular projects that are creative and original, possess overall appeal to diverse audiences, display good market prospects and have significant economic benefits to the South Australian production and post-production screen sector.

Click the headings below for more information about how SAFC can support your production.

Screen Production Investment

The Screen Production Investment scheme provides funding for the production of narrative driven, drama and documentary projects, that are stand-alone or series, and are intended for commercial release via theatrical, broadcast, or digital platforms.

Projects that are creative and original, possess overall appeal to diverse audiences, display good market prospects and have significant economic benefits to the South Australian production and post-production screen sector are considered highly.

What is on offer?

Drama (theatrical, broadcast, digital platform)

For projects shot substantially in South Australia the SAFC expects to contribute 10% of the total South Australian Expenditure.

Documentary (theatrical)

For projects shot substantially in South Australia the SAFC will invest up to 10% of the total production budget to a maximum of either:

  • $300,000 for a South Australian led production
  • $200,000 for a non-South Australian led production

Documentary (broadcast, digital platform)

The SAFC will match marketplace presales for single documentaries up to:

  • $80,000 per hour
  • $40,000 per half hour

For eligible projects that don’t fit the above categories the SAFC expects to contribute up to 10% of the total South Australian Expenditure.

Key dates

Applications are open year round and are considered by the SAFC Board at the subsequent Board meeting after the application has been received. Applications must be received in full no later than 30 business days prior to a Board meeting. See SAFC Board dates here.

COVID-19 UPDATE: In order to account for COVID-19 related delays to applications, we have extended the deadline for the current Screen Production Investment round to Friday 27 March, 2020 – please speak to the Production and Development team if you require more time.

Guidelines & Downloads

How can I apply?

Submit your application using the SAFC’s online form (pop-up)

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).

Acquittal Form

Post Production, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Rebate

This rebate supports eligible productions spending over $250,000 on post production, digital and visual effects work undertaken in South Australia.

This incentive aims to develop the South Australian post production, digital and visual effects sector by complimenting the Australian Federal Government’s Australian Screen Production Incentive Producer Offset (40%) and PDV Offset (30%) streams

What is on offer?

A non-discretionary rebate equivalent to 10% of expenditure on post production, digital and visual effects work undertaken in South Australia on eligible productions.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and application instructions, download the guidelines below.

Key dates

Applications can be made at any time.

Note that projects also applying for Screen Production Investment funding are subject to those deadlines.

Guidelines & Downloads

How can I apply?

Submit your application using the SAFC’s online form (pop-up).

If you are applying for the SA PDV Rebate plus Production Investment for a single project, please apply using the Production Investment Application Form (pop-up).

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).

Acquittal Form

Revolving Film Fund (RFF)

Through the Revolving Film Fund (RFF), the SAFC provides secured loans to finance narrative driven, long-form drama and documentary projects which are either stand-alone projects or series, and are produced in South Australia.

What is on offer?

Up to:

  • $1 million* per South Australian production company or project at any one time; or
  • $500,000 per non-South Australian production company or project at any one time.

Key dates

Applications are open year round and are considered by the SAFC Board at the subsequent Board meeting after the application has been received. Applications must be received in full no later than 30 business days prior to a Board meeting.

Guidelines

How can I apply?

Submit your application using the SAFC’s online form (popup window)

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).

Payroll Tax Exemption

The South Australian Government offers a payroll tax exemption to producers shooting feature films in South Australia. The incentive may reduce a project’s total payroll liability by approximately 4.95%

What is on offer?

The Payroll Tax Exemption is available to producers shooting feature films in South Australia.

A payroll tax liability generally arises in South Australia when an employer (or a Group of employers) has an annual wages bill in excess of $600,000 (or $50,000 a month) for services rendered by employees anywhere in Australia if any of those services are rendered or performed in South Australia. For further details visit the Revenue SA website.

Please Note: Revenue SA has updated the terms of the Payroll Tax Exemption. From January 1, 2019 businesses with annual taxable wages:

  • Of up to $1.5 million are no longer liable for payroll tax
  • Between $1.5 and $1.7 million pay a reduced payroll tax rate

Key dates

Applications can be made at any time.

Note: Applicants can apply for an exemption before incurring the tax or for a refund after incurring the tax. If your project is financed with any of the Producer, PDV or Location Offsets you may wish to consider the implications of either method and seek professional advice from your accountant and/or contact Screen Australia’s Offset Unit

Guidelines

How can I apply?

Submit your application using the SAFC’s online form (popup window)

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).

Past Programs

Short Film Fund

A partnership between the South Australian Film Corporation, the Adelaide Film Festival and Panavision, the Short Film Fund aims to further drive the growth of the South Australian screen industry by supporting emerging key creatives to find their authorial voice and further develop their craft.

The fund seeks daring and unique screen stories be explored and told, with the selected shorts to premiere at the 2020 Adelaide Film Festival, further elevating the careers of the participants.

What is on offer?

Applicants can apply for up to $50,000 in funding, plus up to $10,000 worth of equipment hire (camera, lenses and accessories) to be provided by Panavision.

Key dates

Applications have now closed.

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Guidelines

Where can I find out more?

Contact Nara Wilson on 08 8394 2020 or nara.wilson@safilm.com.au.

No Ordinary Black Short Film Initiative
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Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department has partnered with NITV and State Agencies including the SAFC and the Media Resource Centre to deliver the 2020 No Ordinary Black Short Film development and production initiative.

All Indigenous South Australian film practitioners are eligible to apply and bring thought-provoking First Nations stories to the screen. This is a great opportunity for new filmmakers to launch their careers!

The selected projects will be bold, based on strong authentic First Nations characters and ideas, exhibit a high level of creative ambition and demonstrate the possibility of being financed for production. Stories that intend to incorporate some First Nations languages are also encouraged.

What is on offer?

Applicants can apply for up to $5,000 for project development. Eight to ten projects will be selected for the development phase.

On completion of the development phase, which includes a four day intensive workshop, up to six applicants will be selected for production funding. Production funding for the successful projects will be up to $120,000 for each successful team. This includes Screen Australia grant funding, a NITV licence fee and State Agency funds.

Key dates

Applications have now closed.

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Where can I find out more?

Contact Nara Wilson on 08 8394 2020 or nara.wilson@safilm.com.au or view more information on the Screen Australia website.

Main image: On set of Rabbit (2017)

Adelaide Studios Sound Stage Two

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Adelaide Studios

With two sound stages, a 100 seat screening theatre and the only Dolby Premier 7.1 Mixing Theatre in Australia, Adelaide Studios is the perfect venue for your next screen production.

Image: Adelaide Studios Sound Stage Two, photo by Peter Barnes