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									Show me the money…
This document is intended to keep you usefully busy for 2 weeks…

1. First read through the following pages.
2. Then determine which source of public (ie government) funding would
   be most appropriate for your project.
3. Download the guidelines for the appropriate program and read them
4. If you‘re still sure that it‘s the right bucket of money, download the
   application forms. (otherwise repeat the process…)
5. Fill them out to the best of your ability! If you are working on a group
   project, you may work on this with your group members. You should
   already have a lot of the necessary material ready to go (eg your
   project synopsis, market research, CVs etc)
6. I will expect them to be completely filled out to 1st draft standard by
   the end of the holidays (I.e hand them up first week back). This will
   be worth 5% of your total mark -- but will be pricelessly useful to
   your professional development!
7. Email me screen grabs or questions about things that you don‘t

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Funding: What, where and how
First: a little bit of history

Australia had one of the first and most
innovative film industries in the world. In the
late 19th Century, the Salvation Army
established Limelight Studios at the top of
Bourke St, the first film studio in the world.
Initially the studio produced Magic Lantern
slides for the Salvo’s very popular shows,
but soon it was also using the new medium
of film to produce first short sequences and
then entire programs.
For the whole story see:

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The Silent Era
  The Australian film industry got off to a flying start, producing what was probably the world's
  first full length feature film in 1906. The film was the Tait brothers production The Story of
  the Kelly Gang, a success in both Australian and British theatres, and it was also the
  beginning of a genre of bushranger stories.

  While Australians took to bushranger stories, the censorship boards of the day did not. South
  Australia banned the screening of bushranger films in 1911, Victoria followed in 1912. The
  NSW police department banned the production of bushranger films in 1912. The Kelly story,
  however, outlasted the ban and has been refilmed a number of times since although only a
  few minutes of footage from the original film have survived.

  Australian cinema continued to thrive during the silent era thanks largely to the work of the
  pioneers of Australian movie making such as Ken Hall, Charles Chauvel and Raymond
  Longford, director of the Australian silent classic The Sentimental Bloke.

  In these early years Australian filmmakers were interested in forging and exploring Australian
  identity and films such as For the Term of His Natural Life were notable for their peculiarly
  colonial themes of convicts and bushrangers.

  In spite of the fact that Australian audiences were interested in seeing their own stories on
  the screen the industry went into decline in the 1920s. The ever expanding U.S. and British
  production companies took over the Australian distribution and exhibition chains and
  Australian features were often excluded from cinemas. The state of the industry was so dire
  that a Royal Commission was held into the film industry in 1928, but it did little to stop the

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The Sound Era
  Cinesound was the most active of the
  Australian film studios in the early sound
  era producing a number of Australian
  features including a popular series of films
  based on Steele Rudd's Dad and Dave
  characters during the 1930s as well as
  newsreels and documentary films. It was
  the latter, Cinesound's documentary
  Kokoda Front Line, which earned
  Australia's first Academy award in 1943.

  Colour production came to Australia with
  the 1955 Charles Chauvel film Jedda, still
  one of the most debated films ever
  produced in Australia. It was a daring film,
  not only was it the first Australian
  produced film to be shot in colour but it
  was also the first to use Aboriginal actors
  in lead roles and the first to feature at the
  prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Jedda's
  theme of conflict caused when an
  Aboriginal girl is separated from her
  culture is still prescient today and its
  representation of Aboriginal people is
  much debated.

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The New Wave

  The decline in the film industry became almost terminal in the late fifties and
  early sixties with the industry coming to a virtual stop. The intervention of the
  Gorton and Whitlam governments in the early 1970s rescued the industry from
  its probable oblivion.

  With the establishment of the film funding bodies and the training of film
  makers through the Australian Film Television and Radio School finally a new
  generation of Australian filmmakers were able to bring their visions to the

  The 1970s saw a huge renaissance of the Australian film industry. Australia
  produced nearly 400 films between 1970 and 1985 - more than had been made
  in the history of the Australian film industry. The 1970s also saw the emergence
  of the film directing auteurs Gillian Armstrong, Peter Weir, Phil Noyce and Bruce
  Beresford and the launch of international careers for many screen actors
  including Judy Davis, Sam Neill and Mel Gibson.

  The concerns of film makers had changed little since the early days of Australian
  cinema, historical stories set in the outback dominated Australian cinema and
  films with contemporary settings, such as Beresford's Don's Party, continued the
  Australian film makers' obsession with exploring Australian identity.

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The last 25 years…
   The huge 10BA tax concessions during the 1980s led to some dubious filmmaking
   but the period also saw the consolidation of a more diverse film culture in Australia
   from the highly successful Mad Max (Road Warrior) and Crocodile Dundee films to
   the quiet achieving styles of John Duigan and Paul Cox.

   In the 1990s another new wave of Australian directors hit the screens producing
   internationally successful films like the Academy Award winning Shine and 'quirky'
   features including Muriel's Wedding and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

   Contemporary Australian cinema is more complex and diverse than ever, exploring
   Australian peoples and cultures from a diverse range of viewpoints in recent films
   such as Looking for Alibrandi, Two Hands, The Boys, Head On, and Radiance.
   However the local industry, like cinema and tv worldwide, has been hit by
   technological and social change and many people now question whether it is simply
   becoming an American backlot with government incentives to lure international
   productions to take advantage of cheap and skilled Australian crews and facilities.

   In 2004–05, Australia produced 65 feature films and television drama programs with
   a total production value of A$811 million, of which A$536 million was spent within
   the country. Foreign film and television production amounted to $247 million, or 46
   per cent of the total expenditure.

SOURCED FROM:http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/film/

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Film funding
   Film and television has traditionally had its own funding sources as
   various governments have sought to maximise both the economic
   opportunities these industries offer and the development of a rich
   and representative local culture.

These have included:
• Tax write-offs and incentives
• Direct funding to develop skills and industry profile (eg AFC X-fund for
   short and experimental works)
• Investment -- particularly from Film Finance Corporation and state
   funding bodies such as Film Victoria.
• Funding for infrastructure such as the Australian Film Institute and its
   Awards; for promotional opportunities such as film festivals; for film
   culture organisations such as Super8 Film Club, Open Channel,
   Experimenta, SPA and ASDA; for publications and conferences suchj
   as IF magazine, Sense of Cinema and the Documentary Conference;
   and special events such as The Portable Film Festival and Round-up
   Regional festival.

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   Film funding links
The Australian Film Commission

The Australian Film Finance Corporation

South Australian Film Corporation

Film Australia

Film Victoria

NSW Film & Television Office

The Pacific Film & Television Commission, Queensland

The Australian Children's Film & Television Foundation

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Creative Nation: digital media funding overview
  Since 1995, when the federal Labour Govt released the major report ‗Creative
  Nation‘, many film and TV funding and support agencies have also supported
  digital and interactive media projects and developments.

  Additionally some funding has been forthcoming from traditional arts funding
  bodies such as the Australia Council and state agencies such as Arts Victoria.

  Since the early 90s, digital/experimental media organisations such as ANAT
  (Aust. Network for Art and Technology), dLux and Experimenta Media Arts have
  been provided with funds to disburse to projects, professional development
  support and commissions.

  Digital media projects can also find support from various business and export
  related government agencies. These include MMV (Multimedia Victoria), ANTA
  (Aust National Training Authority) and small business state agencies.

  Philanthropic trusts and organisations, sponsorship from businesses, and
  investment finance from individuals and loan organisations like banks offer
  other opportunities.

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The role of government assistance to the Australian
media industry through federal and state agencies
  A major component of government support for the film industry is the direct
  assistance provided through federal film agencies such as the Film Finance
  Corporation Australia, Film Australia, the Australian Film, Television and Radio
  School and the Australian Film Commission (including the National Film and
  Sound Archive), as well as the various film agencies associated with state and
  territory governments.

  Without such direct investment there would be no Picnic at Hanging Rock, no
  Proof, no Strictly Ballroom, no Romper Stomper, no Muriel‘s Wedding, no Shine,
  Lantana or Japanese Story; no Rats in the Ranks or Facing the Music; no Return
  to Eden, A Town Like Alice or Halifax f.p – and arguably no Babe or Moulin

  Today, most of these agencies also provide various forms of support for digital

  For specific data on government spending on media through funding agencies,
  see the AFC REPORT: http://www.afc.gov.au/gtp/govtfundscope.html

  For a very thorough overview of the history of Aust. media funding and the new
  strategies that will soon be applied, see wikipedia

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Australian Film Commission
The Australian Film Commission (AFC) operates as part of the Australian
Government‘s Commonwealth Film Program to support the creation,
availability and preservation of Australian audiovisual content.

The AFC provides marketing advice and support, including professional
development and production opportunities for Indigenous Australians. It
coordinates an Australian presence at international marketplaces, promotes
the availability of Australian content to Australian audiences, collects and
analyses statistics on Australia‘s audiovisual industries and administers the
international co-production program.

The AFC supports the development of film, television and interactive media        http://www.afc.gov.au
projects and their creators, promotes the availability of Australian content to
Australian audiences, and assists the development and appreciation of
Australian screen culture, locally and internationally.

Through the National Film and Sound Archive, the AFC collects, documents,
preserves and provides access to Australia's screen and sound heritage.

As the major collector and analyst of data about the industry, the AFC also
leads opinion, outlook and policy about the audiovisual industries and screen
content in Australia.

The AFC maintains offices in Brisbane, Canberra (NFSA headquarters),
Melbourne and Sydney.

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Australian Film Commission programs
Film Development
    Practitioner support, drama, documentary, animation,
    interactive digital media, television, workshops and other
    initiatives such as SPARK Script Development Program and
    AFC/ABC Documentary Online.

   Advice on official international co-productions.

Travel Grants
   Assistance for filmmakers to attend major international                Program
   festivals, markets, digital media events and pitching
   competitions.                                                          deadlines
Industry & Cultural Development                                           http://www.af
   Support for events and activities, national touring projects,
   new projects and interactive media.                                    c.gov.au/fund
Indigenous Branch
   Film development, travel grants, attachments and workshops
   for Indigenous filmmakers.

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AFC: Marketing Your Film resources
International Festival Profiles
    Festival Profiles features a screening history of over 50 key international
    festivals along with an introduction by festival directors. Festival Alerts is
    a noticeboard of upcoming events that you can apply for. Festival Links
    is a listing of international festivals.

Festival Alerts
     International festivals scouting for Australian content.

Festival Links
     An extensive list of links to festivals.

International Markets
    Background information on international markets including contact
                                                                                     Marketing links
    details and websites.                                                            http://www.afc.gov.a
Distribution & Broadcasting
     Links to distributors, sales agents, exhibitors, video, box office, online
     exhibition, Australian broadcasters and television industry organisations,
     TV ratings and export assistance.

Marketing Documentaries
    How to pre-sell a documentary in Australia and overseas, and selling
    completed programs, including a select list of international distributors
    and broadcasters.

Marketing Shorts
    How to sell your short film in the foreign marketplace.

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Film Finance Corporation
  The Film Finance Corporation Australia Limited (FFC) is the
  principal Australian Government agency for funding the
  production of film and television programs. It aims to strengthen
  Australian cultural identity and enhance the commercial viability
  of Australia‘s independent screen production sector by supporting
  a diverse range of entertaining and informative Australian
  productions and showcasing them to the world.

  The FFC has invested in such feature films as Wolf Creek,
  Somersault, Shine, Strictly Ballroom, The Adventures of Priscilla:
  Queen of the Desert, Japanese Story, Muriel‘s Wedding, Lantana,
  Rabbit-Proof Fence, Chopper, and Two Hands.

  Television productions that have had FFC support include Blue              http://www.ffc.gov.au/
  Murder, Jessica, Small Claims, Blackjack, Heroes‘ Mountain—The
  Thredbo Story, Halifax f.p., The Potato Factory, Brides of Christ
  and award-winning children‘s television series such as Round the
  Twist, Ocean Girl, Noah & Saskia, Wicked Science and

  The FFC has supported diverse and acclaimed documentaries
  including The Year of the Dogs, The Man Who Stole My Mother‘s
  Face, Frank Hurley: The Man Who Made History, Dying to Leave,
  My Mother India, A Wedding in Ramallah, Railway Adventures
  Across Australia, The Human Journey and the large format

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Film Finance Corporation
  The Government currently funds the FFC on a triennial basis and
  has committed to annual funding of $70.5 million to 2007/08.
  From 2008/09, the FFC‘s current functions will be funded through
  the new Australian Screen Authority (ASA).

  Supplementing its appropriation from Government are the
  revenues the FFC recoups from projects active in the
  marketplace. These funds are used each year to support the
  production of new film and television programs.

  The total slate of projects backed by the FFC each year is
  financed by a combination of FFC funds and finance from private
  investors and other marketplace participants (e.g. distributors,
  broadcasters, sales agents and state government agencies).                 http://www.ffc.gov.au/

  Not only are the FFC‘s market partners critical in gearing up its
  funds, they also provide opportunities for programs to find
  audiences. By co-financing with theatrical distributors,
  broadcasters, international sales agents and other such
  companies, the FFC is tapping into valuable distribution and
  exhibition networks that can maximise the audience reach of its

  All Australian film and television producers/production companies
  can apply to the FFC for funding. To be successful they must
  meet the criteria set out in the FFC‘s Investment Guidelines,
  which are the major tool for communicating FFC policies and are
  revised each year in consultation with the industry.

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Film Finance Corporation
     The Investment Guidelines contain different criteria for each of the
     four production categories which the FFC funds:

 *   feature films
 *   adult mini-series and telemovies
 *   children's mini-series drama
 *   documentaries.

     The FFC can provide different types of funding. Under its
     Memorandum of Association it can assist qualifying film and television
     programs by:
 * undertaking investment
 * acquiring, obtaining, dealing in and exercising rights
 * making or participating in loans (including print and advertising
 * investment guarantees and underwriting agreements
 * leading or participating in loan syndicates and similar joint ventures.

     The FFC does not produce or distribute the programs in which it
     invests, nor does it develop projects or select which projects should
     be developed. These roles are performed by the Australian Film
     Commission, the state film bodies and the private sector.

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Film Victoria
     Film Victoria is a state agency with functions defined in the Film Act 2001. The objectives of
     the Film Act are:

     "to establish Film Victoria to provide strategic leadership and assistance to the film, television
     and multimedia industry of Victoria to encourage innovation and the creation of new projects
     of high quality that are of economic or cultural benefit to Victoria."

The functions of Film Victoria are set out in the Act, as follows:

1.   to provide financial and other assistance to the film, television and multimedia industry in
2.   to promote, whether in Victoria or elsewhere, the use of locations or services in Victoria for
     the production of any film, television or multimedia project;
3.   to provide financial assistance, whether in Victoria or elsewhere, to organisations, events or
     activities including festivals, conferences, publications or exhibitions, where film or other
     screen-based programs are made, seen or discussed;
4.   to establish and facilitate, whether in Victoria or elsewhere, relationships for the development
     of film, television or multimedia programs;
5.   to provide leadership to the film, television and multimedia industry in Victoria;
6.   to develop strategic plans for the development and improvement of the film, television and
     multimedia industry in Victoria;
7.   to advise the Minister on matters relating to the film, television and multimedia industry in
     Victoria and
8.   to develop relationships or enter into partnerships with other organisations, including
     government bodies, whether in Victoria or elsewhere, to improve the film, television and
     multimedia industry in Victoria".

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Film Victoria
   Film Victoria develops encourages,
   nurtures and invests in both projects and
   people. It also promotes Victoria as a
   world-class production destination
   nationally and internationally.

Film Victoria provides:
  * Grants to support organisations to deliver
   events, programs and publications that                               There’s more specific info
   engage Victorian audiences and benefit                               about their support of digital
   industry;                                                            media later in this document.
  * funding to assist the professional
   development of emerging screen talent;
  * Investment in the development and                                   For funding guidelines:
   production of Victorian projects and the                             http://film.vic.gov.au/www/html/
   professional development of Victorian
   practitioners;                                                       489-about-our-funding-
  * Incentives for media to make their                                  options.asp?intSiteID=1
   productions in Melbourne and;
  * Financial assistance to media-makers
   wishing to bring a production to Provincial

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Australia Council for the Arts (OzCo)
The Australia Council is the Australian Government's arts funding
and advisory body. It directly supports young, emerging and
established artists, as well as new and established organisations.

The Australia Council was formed as an interim Council in 1973
and was given statutory authority by the Australia Council Act
1975. It replaced an earlier body called the Australian Council for
the Arts which was established in 1968 as a division of the Prime
Minister's Department.

The Council provides over 1700 grants each year to artists and
arts organisations across the country in the fields of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander arts, community cultural development,
dance, literature, music, new media arts, theatre and visual

In addition, the Australia Council supports strategies to develop
new audiences for the arts, as well as new markets both here and
internationally.                                                               http://www.ozco.gov.au/

The Council also conducts arts research and policy development,
and regularly advises governments and industry on issues                       To find grant programs, use their
affecting Australian artists, such as taxation and insurance.                  Grant Finder;

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    OzCo Inter-arts
    OzCo now supports new media art and hybrid art
    through grants programs across its artform
    boards and through the Inter-Arts Office.

`   The Inter-Arts Office supports new artistic
    practice that does not fall within the existing
    funding guidelines of the artform boards. This
    includes creative processes such as
    interdisciplinary and hybrid arts, and cross-
    disciplinary projects involving artists and
    practitioners from other fields.

    The Inter-Arts Office supports development
    processes or artistic outcomes that demonstrate
    a capacity to make conceptual or practical leaps                      http://www.ozco.go
    in our knowledge and perception of what                               v.au/boards/new_
    constitutes art. Artists working in this area create
    works that transform our experience of art – it is                    media_arts/introdu
    challenging, new and as yet unresolved in terms
    of its position within established artforms.                          cing_interarts/

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Other local and international organisations that can help finance film & media
  * ABC Online (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
    ABC Online provides a diverse range of information, entertainment and
   interaction drawing on the ABC's television, radio and other production
   activities. Content includes daily news updates, program guides and highlights,
   youth, children's, education, science, arts and culture, information for program
   makers (documentary) and the ABC Shop.

  * business.gov.au
    business.gov.au offers you simple and convenient access to all the government
   information, transactions and services you need. It's a whole-of-government
   service providing essential information on planning, starting and running your

  * Cartoon: European Association of Animation Film
   Every year over 260 potential investors - all interested in animation - attend the
   Cartoon Forum. This includes over 100 broadcasters and 160 investors/video
   editors who have the advantage of getting a sneak preview of the latest
   animation projects for the television from 23 different European countries.The
   Cartoon Forum is neither a fair nor a festival, but rather a co-production forum,
   where European producers can negotiate financing for new projects.

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Other local and international organisations cont.

  * Content Capital
    Independent financier of Australian films, television programs and other related
   intellectual property. Content Capital Limited holds one of two licences issued by
   the Federal Government of Australia under the Film Licensed Investment
   Comapny Act, 1998 (FLIC Act).

  * Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC)
    EFIC, Australia's export credit agency, assists Australian exporters to compete
   internationally by providing insurance and finance facilities to the overseas
   buyers of Australian capital goods and services, or to their financiers. EFIC's
   medium to long-term services include export credit insurance to cover the risk
   of non-payment, export finance and political risk insurance, bond issuance and
   guarantees. Short-term services include export credit insurance and unfair bond
   calling insurance.

  * Film Insurance Underwriting Agencies Pty Ltd
   Film Insurance Underwriting Agencies Pty Ltd, ( FIUA ), has been operating
   since 1987, specialising solely within the film and television Industry. In that
   time, FIUA has become the largest provider of Insurance for Feature Films,
   Miniseries, Television Series, Documentaries and Commercials as well as
   providing annual coverages for equipment owners, etc.

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Other local and international organisations cont.

  * Fintage House
   Fintage House is a world leader in the field of providing (financial) solutions to
   the global entertainment industry. Established in 1986, principal offices are in
   The Netherlands and Hungary, with representative offices in Australia, Japan,
   USA, Spain and Italy. The main activity in Australia is to assist film and
   television producers, distributors and sales agents maximise revenue from their
   productions, in particular in the area of collection account management.

  * Freeway Entertainment Group BV
    Financial service company actively involved in the entertainment industry with
   services such as collection account management and international
   licensing/distribution. Freeway has offices based in Hungary, The Netherlands,
   United Kingdom, Japan and Australia (Victoria).

  * Macquarie Film Fund - Macquarie Bank Limited
    The Macquarie Group is one of the market leaders in film finance in the
   Australian market and has achieved this via innovative investment funds offered
   to retail investors. These funds provide investors with an opportunity to invest
   in quality Australian Film and TV projects. We have prepared a booklet
   containing general information on the Australian film finance industry, titled
   'Film Finance in Australia'.

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Other local and international organisations cont.

   * Moneypenny
    Moneypenny is a team of professional film and television accountants with over 20
   years' experience. Located in Fox Studios Australia, we specialise in production
   accounting, business and tax and bookkeeping services for the film and television

  * Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) and SBS Independent (SBSi)
   SBS is a national, public broadcaster with a special mandate to reflect the
   multicultural nature of Australian society. The principal function of SBS is to provide
   multilingual and multicultural radio and television services that inform, educate and
   entertain all Australians and, in doing so, reflect Australia's multicultural society. SBSi
   at: http://www.sbs.com.au/sbsi/index.html is responsible for commissioning a wide
   range of quality Australian drama and documentaries for screening in prime time on
   SBS Television. SBSi is responsible for the Special Production Fund of approx $7
   million annually, allocated by the Federal Government, for the commissioning of
   quality Australian projects from independent filmmakers.

  * Without a Box
   Withoutabox was founded in January, 2000 to serve as a network for independent
   filmmakers and their films - to directly access film festivals, film buyers, and film
   audiences throughout the world and to manage those relationships and transactions
   from a central console.

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Film Australia

    Film Australia's core function is to devise, produce and distribute programs of national
    interest and titles designed to illustrate or interpret aspects of Australia and Australian life.
    The website lists new releases, current titles and upcoming projects.

NOTE****Film Australia is not a funding body. It is an Australian Government-owned
    company that produces and commissions production of National Interest
    Programs. Producers approach them with ideas which they may ‗buy‘ and

    In 1945, the Australian National Film Board was established to produce documentary films.
    Today, Film Australia is one of the nation's leading producers of television documentaries and
    educational programs.

    Film Australia produces programs under the National Interest Program: a contract with the
    Australian Government to devise, produce, distribute and market productions that deal with
    matters of national interest or illustrate and interpret aspects of Australian life.Additional
    funding for a ten-part series on Australian history was provided by the Government from

    Film Australia is the executive producer of these productions, drawing the creative and
    technical talent needed to produce them from Australia's independent documentary
    production industry.

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Film Australia cont.
  Film Australia Library manages over 5000 titles and 150,000 photographs,
  reflecting a century of Australia's history. This unique archive of footage and
  stills is made available to the production industry.

  Film Australia Digital Learning creates projects targeted to the developing
  market for educational resources, primarily for delivery online and by DVD. It
  draws largely on the materials in Film Australia's Library, and creates
  opportunities for documentary filmmakers and multimedia producers in
  education and new media production.

  Film Australia Distribution markets both National Interest Program productions
  and independently produced documentaries to Australian and international
  broadcasters, and to libraries, schools, universities and community groups.

  Film Australia Studios in Sydney is a purpose-built film and television production
  facility and provides screening venues, a sound stage, sound post-production
  facilities, a film laboratory, production offices, editing and transfer suites. These
  are used by many Film Australia and low-budget independent film and television
  productions, and by long-term tenants who operate production facilities and
  service companies

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Tax incentives
  There are four tax concession schemes available for private investment in
  qualifying Australian film products.

 * Division 10BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997allows taxpayers a 100
  per cent concession for investment in qualifying Australian films in the year in
  which the expenditure is incurred. (See more information here.)
 * Division 10B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 is a broader-based
  concession that allows resident and non-resident taxpayers to claim a 100 per
  cent deduction over two years relating to the first ownership of copyright in a
  production. (See more information here.)
 * The Australian Government provides a refundable film tax offset for large
  budget film production, worth 12.5 per cent of a production's qualifying
  expenditure. This incentive was recently extended to eligible television series.
  Eligible production expenditure is expenditure on goods and services provided in
  Australia, or the use of land or goods located in Australia while making the film.
  To be eligible, film productions must spend at least A$15 million in qualifying
  expenditure. Television series must, in addition to this requirement, spend a
  minimum average of A$1 million of eligible production expenditure per hour to
  qualify. (See more information here.)
 * The extension of the Film Licensed Investment Company (FLIC) Scheme,
  enables one company to be licensed to raise up to A$10 million per year in
  concessional capital in both 2005–06 and 2006–07 for investment in qualifying
  Australian film and television production. Investors in the FLIC will be eligible
  for a 100 per cent upfront income tax deduction on shares purchased. (See
  more information here.)

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Games funding + support (specifically)
    ―Digital games industry in Australia‖ to get the government overview of the local

    In recent years, governments have realised that digital games create growth and
    generate jobs for many people including developers, hardware manufacturers,
    publishers and retailers.

    The Victorian and Queensland Governments have invested to promote their local
    games industries. The Victorian Government's Game Plan strategy includes
    providing Sony PlayStation 2 and Xbox Development Kits to local companies that
    would usually not be able to afford them, and funding local game content through
    Film Victoria's Digital Media Fund.

Other funded initiatives are also helping to develop the local industry such as:

•   Games Developers Association
•   the participation of Australian companies in the 2004 E3 Games Conference in Los
    Angeles, USA
•   annual Australian Games Developers' Conference
•   Freeplay; Independent Games Development Conference in 2004 by the Next Wave
•   new games development courses by a range of educational institutions including
    RMIT, Victoria University, QANTM and The Academy of Interactive Entertainment

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Multimedia Victoria
  Multimedia Victoria (MMV) supports the Information and Communication
  Technology (ICT) sector, and drives economic growth through access to and use
  of sophisticated ICT.

  Part of the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development,
  Multimedia Victoria also works closely with the ICT industry, education and
  training providers and the wider business community.

  One of its focus areas is videogames. Over half of Australia's computer games
  development industry is based in Victoria, employing over 800 people.
  Melbourne has a 20-year history in computer game development, largely due to
  video game pioneers Beam Software. Since then, the local games industry has
  flourished and there are now in excess of 20 games development studios,
  animation houses and games industry service providers.

  The Victorian Government has an industry development initiative, Game Plan:
  Game On, designed to grow Victoria's computer game industry through specific
  initiatives in the areas of infrastructure, business growth and skills. It funds
  development and production through the Digital media Fund (based at Film Vic),
  through providing developers assistance to attend and exhibit at major
  international trade events and the Computer Games Development Kit Programs.
  This program means companies can access the next generation platform
  Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony Playstation (360) and Nintendo Wii development kits
  for computer game development, at no cost. The programs are funded by the
  Game Developers' Association of Australia.

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Digital Media Fund (Film Vic)
   In May 2006, the Victorian Government announced it would provide
   Film Victoria with $4.05 million over 2 years specifically for digital
   media programs currently managed through the Digital Media Fund.

Programs include:
   Game Prototype Development: Aims to assist independent
   Victorian based game developers to produce market driven game
   titles in which they own the Intellectual Property (or a percentage
   thereof) and build stable businesses.Applications from new and small
   scale developers are encouraged.

   Digital Content Development: Supports a diverse range of projects
   for digital platforms such as Internet, Broadband, DVD and wireless
   technologies. Strand A provides development funding to Victorian
   based producers and developers; Strand B provides production
   funding of up to $60,000 to Victorian based producers and

   Digital Media Internships

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Advice for the nooby money-seeker
•   Do your research -- e.g check whether you and your project are appropriate for the
    funding body (eg OzCo doesn‘t fund recent graduates), are eligible and appropriate
    for the particular funding program (e.g you may not be able to apply for game
    production funds from Film Vic unless you‘ve already got a publishing and
    distribution deal), and that you can live with the terms and conditions of that
    funding (e.g Film Vic takes 5% of your IP until it is paid-out of its investment -- this
    may not sit well with your publisher or other financier). Some funding bodies
    require you to have a Producer on board before you can apply for support to
    develop projects (esp. at production stages)

•   Have standard documentation ready to go well before you write your application.
    You want to0 be able to respond quickly and professionally to interest and requests
    from potential supporters. Documents you should have include:
      – your C.V -- and those of any other major team members -- eg producer, lead
        programmer, lead animator, artistic director, game designer, writer, world-
        modeller etc.
      – Project pitchline (1 sentence -- this will help funding body personnel remember
        your project),
      – Project synopsis (1 para),
      – Project description (max. 1 page)
      – Draft budget and timeline
      – Design documents

        IMPORTANT: Make sure everything is proofread and spellchecked

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Advice cont.
    Contact a project/fund officer before you start the application writing process and well before
    the deadline -- ideally aprox. 3 months before deadline; this gives you time to respond to
    their input, rethink the project if need-be, and get a really strong case together. If you
    contact them just before deadline they will be madly busy and might not be able to see you -
    - and you‘ll look like a disorganised twit who has left things until the last minute which won‘t
    inspire confidence in your ability to produce the project. If you see them too early, the officer
    will forget who you are unless you remind them by keeping in regular contact (e.g calling to
    ask questions every couple of weeks or making a point of schmoozing them at industry

    Discuss your project with them -- check its eligibility and get feedback as to its
    appropriateness. The more that you can get them to ‗buy in‘ to your project and you as an
    applicant, the better chance you have of getting financial support. Your funding officer can be
    your biggest asset if you get them on-side and help them feel a personal investment in the
    project. Never under-estimate their power --generally they will be the ones recommending
    whether it gets funded or not.

    PS BUT don‘t stalk them.

•   Get a profile in the industry: make time to go to industry events -- especially those
    sponsored by or produced by funding bodies. Make your self known to key funding people --
    but be a bit subtle. Mention your project if appropriate, but don‘t go on about it. For
    example; you might wind up a conversation by saying ―I have a
    (game/aniimation/interactive) project almost ready to go that I think might be of interest to
    your organisation. Could I give you a call to discuss it, or is there someone else in the
    organisation that you think would be more appropriate?‖ Like most people, funding
    bureaucrats like to believe that others are interested in them for themselves…not just their

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Other online resources
    Film Funding Blog -- a US blog dealing with all aspects of getting independent
    film projects to market. Has some great ideas that are applicable to organising
    and financing other kinds of independent media projects.

    Sumea Launchpad-- This website is perhaps the first to provide a real focus
    on the Australian and New Zealand Game Development industry. The main aim
    for Sumea Launchpad is to provide a focal point for Australian and New Zealand
    game developers and artists - those who are already in the industry, and
    especially those who are planning a career as a game developer.

    Games Developers Association of Australia


    Go Big Entrepreneur Blog -- articles such as ‗Five Ways to Move your Startup
    Forward without Cash‘ and ‗Stop Pretending you can Start a Company while
    Avoiding Sacrifice and Risk‘ -- associated with ‗Go Big‘ network -- a community
    for start-ups. If you‘re interested in starting up a company you should download
    the free ebook.

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