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Western Australian Regional Screen Fund

Production Funding that encourages regional film industry activity, builds local capacity, and contributes to the liveability and vibrancy of regional Western Australian Communities.

The WA Regional Screen Fund was established for the purpose of generating regional outcomes through developing and supporting regionally based businesses, services, and talent.

Key Requirements

You will need the following:

  • Completed WA Regional Screen Fund Application Form on SmartyGrants, including any additional information, documentation and materials listed.
  • A letter of confirmation (can in the form of an email, or official letter) from any involved Regional Development Commission/s, confirming that you are in discussions about what your project may be able to offer that region and any information on collaboration to date.
  • A draft Regional Outputs and Outcomes (ROO) agreement, including at a minimum, a summary of the proposed regional activities.
    Please note: If a project is successful for funding, all ROOs will need to be agreed upon, cited, and signed by the Producer and the Commission/s prior to contract finalisation.

What is eligible for funding?

  1. Meet the minimum qualifying spend in the Western Australia Region/s (QWARE1), being:
    • $500,000 for feature films; scripted series, miniseries, telemovie, or children’s series
    • $100,000 for all documentary productionsPlease note while Screenwest requires a contingency to be allocated for QWARE, the funding amount requested from Screenwest must exclude this required contingency amount.
  2. Meet the minimum Qualifying Western Australia Expenditure (QWAE) of $1,000,000
  3. Meet a minimum ratio of eligible contributions as follows:
    • 2:1 – Qualifying Western Australian Regional Expenditure (QWARE) to total WA Regional Screen funding
    • 3:1 – Qualifying Western Australia Expenditure (QWAE) to total combined WA Regional Screen Funding and Screenwest funding

What companies are eligible for funding?

The applicant must:

  1. Be a Western Australian resident (as defined in the Screenwest Terms of Trade).
    • Non-Western Australian Producers are eligible to apply where the project can demonstrate:
      • it is likely to bring strong economic and/or cultural opportunities to the State, or
      • it will benefit the Western Australian screen industry or Screenwest’s position.
  2. Meet the applicable eligibility requirements of the Screenwest Terms of Trade.
  3. Have an extensive professional track record that demonstrates his/her/its ability to successfully produce and deliver a project of the scope and scale proposed and/or the attachment of other individuals in positions of responsibility that demonstrate likewise.
  4. Provide evidence to support the project’s likely potential to reach significant audiences, in the form of superior market commitment, well-known source material and/or original works from successful writers, highly regarded and well-known onscreen talent and directing attachments.
  5. Be the same across all funding applications if applying or planning to apply for any other Screenwest production funds (as well as the WA Regional Screen Fund).

Is this grant competitive or entitlement based?

Competitive. Your application will be assessed among other applications by a judging panel.

How can I increase my chances of winning this grant?

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

Competitive grants often require significant business case development and project analysis to support the application, this may include detailed presentations supporting the project’s merit, projected sales, cost-benefit analysis and more.

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

  • Industry analysis presentation
  • Competitor Analysis Presentation
  • Marketing and Sales Analysis Presentation
  • 3-5 year Cashflow Forecast
  • 3-5 year Balance Sheet Forecast
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Grant Funding
  • End-to-end grant application including information collating, analysis and application writing
  • CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) cost-benefit analysis
  • Stakeholder relations and Risk Mitigation Plans
  • Any other relevant forecasting that will support your application

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.