Screen Australia launches Indigenous business funding

16 May, 2018 by Staff Writer

Miranda Tapsell and Catriona McKenzie on the set of Blackfella Films’ ‘Redfern Now’. 

As Screen Australia celebrates 25 years of its Indigenous department, it’s launched a new initiative to build business capacity in the Indigenous production sector.


The Indigenous Screen Business Initiative is for companies who have a track recording in producing successful Indigenous projects and who have a clear vision to grow their business over the next two to three years.

Applicants can apply for up to $20,000 for business planning, up to $70,000 for a contribution to a one year, full-time position to build the company’s capacity, and/or up to $100,000 for multi-year funding for the company to undertake initiatives. Businesses must have at least one Indigenous company director with a minimum of three years participation in the media and entertainment industry to be eligible.

“This funding opportunity aims to provide Indigenous screen businesses with the funds to consolidate or expand the scale and ambition of their production activity, and provide employment to enhance and diversify a range of business activities. This is an exciting opportunity to boost Indigenous screen businesses and the important work they produce,” said Screen Australia head of Indigenous Penny Smallacombe.

Applications close June 1. More info here.