Different Funds Available ACT Screen Development Fund – Development (not production) – Commercial outcome – 1 round a year ACT Screen Arts Fund – Artistic practice – No commercial outcome – 1 round a year (Oct deadline for 2014) ACT Screen Investment Fund – Production/Post Production – Commercial outcome – Market attachment (4 times a year)
ACT Screen Development Fund Why we have made changes – Because not enough local projects are commercially viable and accessing the ACT Screen Investment Fund In order to get a project off the ground, you need to partner – – Writers with producers… – Games developers with producers…
What’s different? No longer a grant – Back into the pool – Paid back if that project goes production (timing different depending on type) – If doesn’t go into production – not paid back. Not a set amount – $50,000 pool – No tranches – But no more than $15,000 in one lot. Targeted at commercial outcomes (that hasn’t changed!)
Matched funding Limited funding available for matched funding with broadcasters or distributors This would require a development deal to be signed with market Short term loan Up to $10,000.
Teams Preference will be given to teams – Historically individuals have not had success in getting to market. To applications that show real research and market knowledge for that project.
The Application Project Details Project Title * Project Type * (e.g. Feature, doco, TV, game) Amount Requested * Project One Liner* Supporting Statement What is your Project? * Maximum Allowed: 250 words. Who is the team?* Maximum Allowed 250 words How do you intend to spend the money? * Maximum Allowed: 250 words. How will this funding help you achieve a commercially focussed result that could lead to your project being produced and distributed? * Maximum Allowed: 250 words. Include: Who is the audience? * How were similar projects marketed, funded and received in the market place?*
What is the estimated production budget for this project?* What is the plan to get market interest (e.g. a distributor/broadcaster)* Milestones over the period to be met e.g. First draft script, script notes, rewrite, marketing plan etc.; game design screen shots, games slice, marketing plan How does this project culturally and economically benefit the ACT? * Maximum Allowed: 250 words
Supporting Material (for uploading) CV of Applicant * (preferably producer) Key Personnel CV * Letters of Interest Attach development budget and financing plan* Statement of Copyright * Option/ownership agreement (if applicable)
Script development application example Producer fees – We would expect in most cases the producer to be the applicant – They will be held accountable for meeting milestones Writing fees Developer/outside advice (eg substantial script report) Plan of action – what is really going to move your project forward towards a commercial outcome – Who is the audience? – What is the market? – What are the realistic next steps for the project. Budget/finance plan for the development phase Output – script and marketing plan
Games development application examples Games Producer’s fees – We would expect in most cases the producer to be the applicant – They will be held accountable for meeting milestones Developer’s fees Plan of action – what is really going to move your project forward towards a commercial outcome – Who is the audience? – What is the market? – What are the realistic next steps for the project. Budget/finance plan for the development phase Output – vertical slice and marketing plan
Doco development application example Producer fees – We would expect in most cases the producer to be the applicant – They will be held accountable for meeting milestones Director fees Plan of action – what is really going to move your project forward towards a commercial outcome – Who is the audience? – What is the market? – What are the realistic next steps for the project. Budget/finance plan for the development phase Output – teaser and marketing plan
Marketing Producer led (applicant) Project in advanced stage of development Marketing plan is very specific to the project Travel can be included if it is part of a realistic market plan to attach distribution etc.
Marketing application example Producer fee Marketing collateral – eg website development, DVDs of trailer, business cards, flyers etc. Travel - reasonable expenses to a specific market. Eg SPAA Mart, AIDC, or Cannes, Berlin etc. You must include final script or final product to market, marketing plan Output – real leads and possible international sales.
Supporting Evidence We will not accept anything that has not been uploaded Be judicious in what you send – is that link the best to show your work?
Assessment Always external – One paid external (outside ACT) industry professional – One local industry professional – One ACT Government representative ScreenACT are not assessors Our job is to make sure you put in the best application you can We act as the secretariat – minutes, papers etc.
Lodgement Online only. No hard copies of anything Do not be late… it will shut at 5.00pm. – If you have a tech issue, that is not our problem! Use the form as guide in the guidelines doc Cut and paste But once you submit, that’s it – you can’t save or go back…
Assessor Feedback Lack of real understanding of audience Not the right format (film vs TV) No clear path to market Trying to do too much Not thinking global Not commercial
European Film Market Mission Cannes 2015 Following on from successful Cannes 2013, Berlin 2014 Watch this space!
Screen Industry Pod Output: writers and producers who understand the industry plus a well developed, audience/market focused project: – Minimum first draft polished script – Solid Budget, finance and marketing plan Over 18 months Bringing together writers and producers and developing in parallel - at the same time 3 phases: Early, Mid and Late Development
Phase 1 – Early Development Writer Expectations How do work with a producer How to take feedback Market & Audience New Distribution models LegalsScript – outlineFeedback Session 1 – external and internalWriting – incorporating feedback Producer Expectations How to lead development How to give feedback Market & Audience New Distribution models Legals Multi Platform Positioning Feedback Session 1 – external and internal Development Funding - When, where and how
Phase 2 – Mid Development Writer Writing – first draftFeedback 2 – internalFeedback 3 – external Writing – incorporating feedback Producer Work with writer – what can you do to help? Feedback 2 – internal getting ready for external feedback Feedback 3 – externalMarket assessment
Phase 3 – Late Stage Writer Writing continued Marketing docs Writing – final polish of first draft Producer Preliminary budget/financing plan Marketing – Pitch docs and marketing collateral SPA 2015
Let’s talk!! Does this work? Have we missed anything Production Management Show runner Suggestions?