Screen Australia makes major increase in content funding | Media Investment | Business
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The Australian federal government agency charged with supporting screen development, production and promotion, Screen Australia, has announced new story development funding for six feature films, four television dramas and two online series.

ScreenAustralia Plushed 4Feb2019Screen Australia recently made clarifications to its guidelines to improve the application process for funding. These changes included increasing the pitch video length to up to four minutes, adding budget level limits to more clearly differentiate the agency's Generate and Premium funds and working to ensure creative teams are being given the best opportunity to highlight the strength of their projects and eligibility for funding.

“One of the aims of the guideline changes was to encourage a more platform-agnostic approach from creative teams – we wanted creators to think about their story and audience first, and then what medium would be best suited to tell it on,” commented Screen Australia head of development Nerida Moore. “We’re beginning to see more of that thinking and I’m pleased that there is also a real mix of compelling stories from emerging writers coming through.”

The investment, totalling over AUS$300,000, will be made on a development slate including feature film Memoir of a Snail from animator Adam Elliot; Aleph, a science-fiction series about a mother who faces the unthinkable decision of saving her daughter or humanity; and online dark comedy Plushed, which explores mental illness through the eyes of a toy; a ten-part online comedy series set in the distant future, when Australia has collapsed and the pressure to save the country falls on one extremely underqualified but very nice young man; Girls In Hotels, a film from Dollhouse Pictures, with Gracie Otto directing and producing her first narrative feature.