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FUNDING & SUPPORT

Production

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 you.

Screen Production Fund

The Screen Production Fund supports the production of outstanding scripted and unscripted content for any screen that generates significant economic outcomes for the South Australian screen industry. Projects funded under this scheme are expected to be substantially produced and post-produced in South Australia.

What is on offer?

The Screen Production Fund supports the production of narrative*-driven film, television, online and VR content which is intended for commercial release via theatrical, broadcast, or digital content platforms.

For projects produced substantially in South Australia, producers can receive up to 10% of South Australian production spend.

*Narrative means a structured story or account of a series of events or experiences, whether documentary or fiction.

Key dates

Applications for the Screen Production Fund are open all year round and are considered by the SAFC Board.

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

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).

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 funding are subject to those deadlines.

Guidelines & Downloads

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).

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 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).

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 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).

Main image: On set of Rabbit (2017). Photo by Ian Routledge.

Adelaide Studios Sound Stage Two

MAKE IT IN SA

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