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Screen Australia’s drama fund runs dry

SA: “It is very unfortunate that we are in this position.”

Screen Australia will not fund another drama production until mid-2013 due to a lack of funds.

The national screen agency has announced it has spent its budget for both film and TV drama production for the financial year.

The agency said: “Screen Australia’s $42m budget for drama production investment this financial year has been fully committed. Screen Australia is aware that this news will be disruptive for some producers. It is very unfortunate that we are in this position.”

Screen Australia cited the “unprecedented number of quality feature film and television projects seeking support” from the most recent round of funding. An investment on Monday saw $11.4m invested in 11 drama productions.

Feature film and TV applications will re-open for the June 25 board meeting, the application deadline is April 8.

Applications are now closed for the February 2013 board meeting. The April 3 board meeting, with applications closing January 21 will be Letter of Interest only, while the May 8 board meeting will not have a TV round.

Documentary rounds are unaffected. February 1 is the next documentary deadline.

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