Metro Screen First Break Film Funding Grant $22,000

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Metro Screen First Break Film Funding Grant

Metro Screen First Break Film Funding Grant

Metro Screen’s production support programs are unique. Participants receive a cash budget, production facilities, training, mentorship, script development and a cast and crew screening. Particular emphasis is placed on a diverse production slate that allows individuals to take risks.

First Break is for single applicants only i.e. the writer/director of the project. First Break is generously supported by Screen NSW and Screen Australia.

Eleven projects of up to 8 minutes duration will be selected with three places reserved for Indigenous Australians and four places for those with a non-English speaking background. Drama, doco, animation, TV pilot, experimental, cross-platform will be considered.

Applicants must be emerging filmmakers who do not have a produced screen credit in their respective roles, that has been released, broadcast or screened at a recognised film festival.

First Break provides;
A cash budget of $3,000 for production and crew fees.
production equipment and post production facilities to the value of $1,000
Consultation services of a professional Script Editor
An established Mentor/Supervising Producer
One place in a tailored training course at Metro Screen.
A joint cast and crew screening with other similarly funded Metro Screen projects within two months of the deliverables date.
12 months free membership with Metro Screen

Timeline/schedule for successful applicants
Deadline for applications: By Feb (every year)
Successful applicants notified
Tailored training course
Production and post: April - October
Deliverables date: By October (every year)

Successful applicant responsibilities;
Successful applicants MUST;
- attend all sessions of the tailored training course to take place in March.
- produce a finished film of up to 8 minutes by the deliverables date.

Completed application form three copies of the printed and signed confirmation email you will receive after completing the online application
A current script - does not need to be at final draft stage
A one-line AND one paragraph AND one page synopsis
Director?s Statement half page max
Bio/ CV one page max
Short bio of key crew if known half page max
A brief statement outlining target audience and distribution plan half page max
Assessment Applications are assessed by Metro Screen?s Projects Manager and a panel of industry representatives.

Metro Screen's production development initiatives in summary
Metro Screen in partnership with Screen NSW and Screen Australia provides 14 emerging and experienced filmmakers the opportunity to develop their stories and skills.

FIRST BREAK - 11 first time filmmakers ,projects up to 8 min,$3,000 cash budget. Open to all filmmakers with three places reserved for Indigenous Australians and four places for those with a non-English speaking background

BREAKOUT - Two experienced filmmakers, projects up to 15 min, $15,000 cash budget. Open to all filmmakers.

INDIGENOUS BREAKTHROUGH - One experienced Indigenous filmmaker, projects up to 20 min, $22,000 cash budget.

Note: Metro Screen's Lester Bostock Indigenous Mentorship, Multicultural Mentorship and Raw Nerve programs are now being run as First Break.

More information: Metro Screen First Break Film Funding and Support

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