July 15, 2024

Screen Queensland has announced changes to its funding guidelines, in response to industry consultation, which will take effect from 1 July 2024.

Jacqui Feeney, Screen Queensland CEO said, “We have consulted widely across the sector with a view to better reflecting changes in the industry and doing what we can to drive local sector growth and build jobs, skills and sustainable businesses.

“We are committed to creating more opportunities for our state’s screen practitioners and production companies, championing local IP retention and assisting more homegrown stories to be made here in Queensland, including ways to better elevate and recognise First Nations practitioners.

“It’s also vital that we concurrently ensure Queensland continues to be an attractive and competitive destination for local, interstate and international screen production.”

Updates to Screen Queensland’s guidelines include:

Development Fund – now offered as grants rather than equity investment

increased cap for early-stage projects from Queensland-resident practitioners from $10,000 to $15,000
increased cap on late-stage funding for Queensland-resident and interstate producers from $25,000 to $30,000
new development slate funding of up to $50,000 for Queensland-resident producers with a minimum of three projects
funding cap is $100,000 across all Development grants per year.

Screen Finance Fund – increased QPE percentage on offer

base funding for projects from Queensland-resident producers is increased from 10 per cent of Queensland Production Expenditure (QPE) to 12 per cent
projects from interstate producers remain eligible for support, with the same minimum requirements of a Queensland-resident writer, director or producer and a line producer to receive base funding of 10 per cent of QPE
both Queensland-resident and interstate producers may be able to access additional funding (capped at 15 and 12 per cent QPE respectively) by demonstrating extra tangible benefits to Queensland, such as First Nations content, opportunities for above-the-line talent and showcasing Queensland as Queensland on screen etc
funding cap remains at $850,000 per project.

Market and Travel Grants – new support for professional development travel

In early 2024, the Market Grants program was expanded to include new support for Queensland-based practitioners travelling for professional development as well as business development opportunities.

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