Story Development Guidelines - One year on
In July 2018 Screen Australia announced changes to the Story Development guidelines to make it easier for emerging creators to obtain funding and to increase online and television development.
The Generate Fund for lower budget projects and emerging talent received 277 applications in 2018/19, of which 48 were successful. The open-door approach for Generate meant that 59% of successful applicants had never received Story Development funding before. A total of $1.26 million was distributed through the Generate Fund, averaging $26,343.97 per project.
The Premium Fund for higher budget projects of ambition and scale from established creators received 101 applications in 2018/19, of which 32 were successful. A total of $1.45 million was distributed through the Premium Fund, averaging $45,209.34 per project.
Historically Screen Australia development has focused on feature films. However, the new guidelines have drastically changed this landscape, with 57.5% of project funding across Generate and Premium going to episodic projects, with a television or online release in mind.