Screen Australia launches new funding program for film producers

Screen Australia has launched a new feature funding offshoot for film producers.

The Feature Enterprise, part of the Enterprise program will provide new feature film producers with up to $150,000 to support them in their next Australian feature product.

The producers must have already had recent commercial or critical success.

A total of up to $500,000 will be available through the program for 2012/13.

The agency acknowledges producers largely carry the overhead costs of developing feature films.

Ruth Harley, Screen Australia’s chief executive said: “Feature Enterprise is an initiative which rewards success in a very light touch manner. Recipients can use these significant funds for such things as hiring writers and developers, funding infrastructure, option purchases and travel support.”

Applications have opened for the enterprise and will close on 17 September.

Applications for the pre-existing Enterprise Program, which supports screen business that have identified new opportunities of growth close 6 August. Applications will be assessed by UK screen executive Christina Willoughby and consultant Jonathan Olseberg as well as Harley and senior manager, state and industry partnerships, Chris Oliver.

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