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Story development funding from Screen Australia

[by Maddie Walsh]


Screen Australia has announced 29 feature films, 13 television dramas, four online projects and one VR project that will share in over $1.2 million of story development funding.


The projects include Forget Me Not, the latest series from Class of ’07 creator Kacie Anning; feature film Koa Kid from writer/director Leah Purcell of The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson; VR project The Place I Carry Within; and online project Adventuries of the Century, the third instalment of the series from Dylan Murphy and Molly Daniels of Celebration Nation and Wispy.

Included in this slate are 28 projects that have been supported through the Generate Fund and 19 through the Premium Fund.

Screen Australia’s Head of Development Bobby Romia said, “It is an exciting time for filmmakers and storytellers in Australia and we are thrilled to be supporting so many exciting projects at the beginning of their journey. This latest cohort represents a vast selection of dynamic and diverse voices, which showcases the strength and capability of the talent in our screen industry.”

Among the titles receiving funding are six projects that came through Screen Australia and Australians in Film’s Untapped initiative in 2022: Baby Face (previously The Kin), Custodians, Honeymoon (previously Faye), Playtime, Revelations and Unravel. More information about these projects is available here. The successful practitioners and projects for Untapped 2023 will be announced in the coming months.

This announcement includes the remainder of projects funded in the 2022/23 financial year during which Screen Australia supplied over $3.1 million of story development funding to 97 projects.

Koa Kid is an action-adventure family feature film following two pre-teen heroes. After heading back to her family’s traditional lands in outback Queensland, where the most extensive collection of dinosaur fossils are found, Gidgee forms an unlikely friendship with Tim before they are propelled into another world by ancient forces. Along the way, Gidgee and Tim are tested as they try to right their wrongs - learning they are capable of anything they put their minds and hearts to. Koa Kid is from writer/director/producer Leah Purcell and producer Bain Stewart, whose credits include The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson.

Teams with projects for any platform including TV, film and online, can apply for development funding from two program strands – the Generate Fund and the Premium Fund.

The Generate Fund is for lower budget projects with an emphasis on new and emerging talent, or experienced talent wanting to take creative risks. The Premium Fund is for higher budget projects of ambition and scale from successful screen content makers.


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