VicScreen Development on Demand

VicScreen Development on Demand

The program aids writers and producers to create documentary projects, narrative fiction, as well as VR for any release platform which includes television, cinema, and online.


The program is committed to supporting and promoting gender equality, inclusiveness and diversity in the Victorian screen industry and requires applicants to demonstrate inclusion and diversity in their applications. It is therefore expected that the diversity of your project’s content is appropriately reflected in the creative team and/or that integrated and meaningful collaboration occurs from early stages of development.

Key Requirements

A project sample as follows (minimum requirement):

  • Fiction feature film
    • Draft screenplay
  • Fiction series or short-form series
    • Pitch bible (5-10 pages), and
    • Pilot episode or script sample (15 pages) of the proposed project
  • Documentary features films, one-offs, television or online series
    • Outline or treatment
  • VR projects
    • Draft treatment or script, and proof of concept (if available), and
    • Detailed proposal outlining user experience and interactivity (if any)

What is eligible for funding?

  • For Fiction Series or one-off projects – writers room costs, series bibles, draft to draft funding
  • For Fiction Feature projects – draft to draft
  • For documentary projects – research, writing of a treatment, creation of a teaser, strategic shooting
  • For VR projects – Prototypes, concept art, test shooting (360 degree projects only), script, pitch documents
  • For projects at an advanced stage with significant market interest – budgeting, scheduling, casting and travel to finalise production finance.

What companies are eligible for funding?

You must be a writer or producer that is an Australian individual or company.

  • Writer applicants:
    • must be Victorian.
    • can only receive one round of funding for a project without a producer. Any subsequent applications for funding, must have an eligible producer attached.
  • Victorian Producer applicants:
    • may engage a non-Victorian writer, however, preference is given to all-Victorian teams.
  • Non-Victorian Producer applicants:
    • must engage a Victorian writer and the project must be substantially shot and/or completed in Victoria.

Is this grant competitive or entitlement based?

Entitlement. Applications are assessed against eligibility criteria.

How can I increase my chances of winning this grant?

By engaging an accredited government grants consultant, such as Avant Group.

As part of your engagement with Avant Group, your account manager will assess the required documents and will provide the following as needed to support your grant submission.

Grant application writeup including a detailed presentation illustrating how the grant funding will contribute to your project, how the funding will contribute to the project’s budget, a project milestone plan, delivery timeline, impact on employment if applicable and a breakdown of the management and leadership team for the project

How can I get help with my application? Or know if I’m likely to win funding?

Avant Group offers a no-obligation assessment of your eligibility for funding and will assess your likelihood of a successful grant application.