If you are feature filmmaker, you need to take advantage of the various support programs provided toward the filmmaking industry. Screen Australia recognises that there is more than enough film talent when it comes to feature filmmaking and this is why this category has an array of programs specially made for them. The program is open to various types of genres and this could be anything from action features to animations. If you would require funding, it’s important to note that you need to have a marketplace attachment. However, this is not the only criterion used to determine the kind film talent to invest in.
There are two levels of support provided to features and these are production and development support as well. We begin with development support which is given to feature films which are not fully development in terms of concept. The story itself does however have to be very engaging and one that will connect with different types of audiences as well. Usually, it is required that you have at least a producer with experience in the team. That said, you do not have to worry about the rights since these still remain with you as the applicant or in conjunction with other creative members of the team. If for example you have an international executive producer, strong consideration is often given to ascertain the creative intention and nature of their involvement. Applicants for development support can get funding of up to $50,000 per portion. This funding is for option renewal fees, draft/subsequent screenplay, marketing strategy, casting, pitching costs and other expenses. Applicants need to produce a script of 90 to 120 pages or a treatment of five to 10 pages and five script pages.
Production support covers, theatrical documentaries, low budget features and large format programs as well. One film gets up to $2.5 million and support in form of federal funds such as the producer offset will be limited to 65% and 75% in exceptional circumstances.