Stan Launches a South Australian Development Fund to Stimulate Scripted Production

Streaming platform Stan has joined forces with The South Australian Film Corporation to launch a new matched development fund to stimulate the production of new and original South Australian scripted series, to then be added to the platform’s library.

According to a press statement, “The initiative will focus on the development of bold, distinctive ideas with complex characters set in unusual worlds or situations that merit high production values, resulting in scripted series of world-class scope and scale.

The projects must be highly original, strongly serialised, returnable, and intended for production and post-production in South Australia.”

From May 13, 2021, applications will be open for the first round of development, taking selected projects from concept to pitch-ready stage. Following pitching to Stan, two of the projects will then be selected for a further round of development and commissioning consideration from Stan.

On offer is up to $25,000 per project, available as a development investment to cover writer and producer fees, the costs of holding a development workshop and other development expenses such as a consultant.

Applications close Monday 9 August 2021 with applicants notified Friday 1 October 2021.

Cailah Scobie, Stan’s Chief Content Officer, said, “As Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions, we are very pleased to partner with SAFC on this new development initiative. Supporting our talented local industry by bringing uniquely Australian stories to the screen is a core focus of our business and the launch of this new fund represents a great opportunity for Stan to discover the stories South Australian creatives have to tell.”

Added Kate Croser, CEO of the SAFC, “The SAFC is delighted to continue our successful partnership with Stan which has already seen great production outcomes in series such as Wolf Creek series one and two, and The Tourist currently underway, as well as Stan Original films A Sunburnt Christmas and Gold”.

For more information, or to submit your application, visit:  http://www.safilm.com.au/development#stansafcfund

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