Screen Australia, the Australian government’s main funding body for screen production, has reopened its sector and talent development program Enterprise for applications.
Enterprise was founded in 2009. It prioritizes innovation and strives to foster sustainable business models and careers in Australian screen production.
The program is run through Screen Australia’s development unit, which offers two possible funding paths: Enterprise Business & Ideas, which allows an Australian “entity,” such as a company, to apply for funding to develop and deliver an innovative screen business proposal, hire a company placement and/or access business-building services; and Enterprise People, which is open to emerging and experienced creatives and offers a domestic or international career placement and/or other professional development opportunities.
The upper funding limits of both funding streams of Enterprise are currently set at AU$400,000 (US$280,000) for successful company applicants and AU$140,000 for individuals. Drama and documentary-based creators are eligible.
Industry development executive Bali Padda has been appointed as the primary contact for Enterprise.
Enterprise has undergone a major review since last taking submissions in 2017 and now features key changes.
These include year-round acceptance of applications, which will be assessed monthly by Screen Australia. Additionally, the Enterprise Business & Ideas stream now has a simplified two-stage application process to better reflect the development unit’s other programs.
Other changes include greater flexibility around duration of proposed projects and eligibility for part-time placements; expanded funding to include consulting, mentorships and more; expanded eligibility beyond standard company structures, including not-for-profits and sole traders; availability of free professional advice for “stage two” Enterprise Business & Ideas applicants; more room for co-funded placements; and preference for projects with a focus on inclusion of female creators and talent from diverse backgrounds.
“Whilst the majority of Screen Australia’s funding is project-based, Enterprise has an incredible legacy of building Australian screen businesses and providing career-defining opportunities for creators,” said Nerida Moore, Screen Australia’s head of development, in a statement. “With this new incarnation of Enterprise, we are putting the focus squarely on the pursuit of ambitious, industry-changing proposals. We want to encourage businesses and individuals of all experience levels to be bold with the ideas and opportunities they pitch.
“For successful applicants, the incorporation of Enterprise into our Development Unit will also mean we will be able to identify other opportunities for businesses and creatives across Screen Australia’s slate to multiply the impact of the program.”
(Photo of Enterprise alum Nel Minchin courtesy of Screen Australia)