The Australian film industry can be either a goldmine for sourcing independent projects, or a trap if you do not know the correct way to apply for funding.
The most popular ways that Australian creatives receive funding are through Screen Australia, Kickstarter or Indiegogo.
These are all excellent ways to seek support and funding for your project whether it be a film, a music video, animation or anything in between, made for the screen.
There are however pro’s and con’s to both funding bodies.
- Australian Federal Government funding Body created in 2008
- Has in the past, supplied funding for award winning films
- Supports development of indigenous and minority based issues in film
- Funding cut by $30 million in the 2014 Budget, resulting in further job cuts
- Increased competition of attaining successful funding
- High fees for application
- Less than 10% funding rate
- Global Crowdfunding platform launched 2009
- $1 billion in communal funding from 5.7 million donors
- 135,000 projects funded
- 42.88% funding rate
- No application charges unless project is 100% funded
- Examples of successful Australian projects can be found below:
The Legend of Ben Hall
A Cautionary Tail
- Project time limits (30 Days)
- Moderate Project cancellation rate
- Higher controversy rate (Misuse of funding and materials)
- Largest crowdfunding website
- 47% success rate of all projects are run by women
- 224 Countries involved
- 9 million monthly visitors
- Higher payment fees
- Lower brand recognition compared to Kickstarter
- Successful projects have lower average raised funds compared to Kickstarter
As a filmmaker myself, I have used Kickstarter to fund several short films and documentaries including raising $1000 for a documentary on Homelessness. Whilst Kickstarter is my preferredoption over the lengthy and often tedious tasks associated with Screen Australia, I feel as though projects funded through them have a higher chance of positive critical reception compared to the crowd based Kickstarter campaigns.
Time will tell which funding body will replace the ever-popular Kickstarter and whether Screen Australia will still be putting Australian creative on the map in the next 10 – 20 years.