Festival Travel, funding, images
Festival Travel, funding, images

Festival Travel

The Festival Travel Portal is currently OPEN.

Festival Travel supports NSW Key Creatives whose projects have been officially invited to screen at significant international festivals outside Australia. Applications are assessed on a rolling basis throughout the year.  

Please see below for quick reference funding GUIDELINES. See above for a downloadable PDF.

Potential applicants are advised to contact the Development & Production team on or (02) 8289 6493 to discuss the application process.

The application portal for the Early, Advanced, Time Critical and Travel funding has now been closed for the remainder of the 2018/19 Financial Year.

Please reapply with the new application form which will open on the 1st of July 2019 for the new 2019/2020 Financial Year.

For any further updates please keep an eye on our website or subscribe to our newsletter, however the portal will be reopened on 1st July at 9am.


Click on the items below for the Festival Travel guidelines

What project formats are eligible?

The program is open to any project within the range of activity that Create NSW supports which includes animation, documentary, features, shorts, television, children’s television and interactive. 

How much can I apply for?
  • You can request any amount up to $5,000 per trip.
  • Recently funded projects and the amounts provided can be found under Funding Approvals
What can I use the money for?


• This program supports international travel costs (flights, accommodation, transfers). 
• We do not fund marketing costs such as prints or publicity materials, or domestic travel costs, under this program. 


Who is eligible?

Screen NSW general eligibility requirements can be found in our Terms of Trade, which should be read in conjunction with these guidelines.

  • The program is open to any NSW Key Creative whose project has been officially invited to screen in the program of an international festival (outside Australia) that offers significant networking and professional development opportunities. 
  • NSW-based Executive Producers will be considered in exceptional circumstances if Screen NSW is not providing travel support for any other Key Creatives on the project. 
  • Projects made outside NSW are eligible. 
  • Projects that have not received Screen NSW development or production finance are eligible.

Screen NSW is committed to supporting increased participation in the industry of people from under-represented groups including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CaLD backgrounds, people with disability, LGBTQI people, people from western Sydney and people from regional NSW. Priority will be given to teams including people from under-represented groups.

How and when can I apply?

The Festival Travel Funding Portal is currently OPEN, and will close 11.59pm June 30th, 2020.​

The application form can be found here.

What do I need to submit?

You must submit all the core materials listed on the form. The key document we need you to submit is a cover letter outlining why attending the festival would provide you with a significant networking and professional development opportunity. Please include details of business meetings you are planning or upcoming projects that you wish to pitch as part of the trip.

How will my application be assessed?


Your application will be competitively assessed against the following criteria:
  • The track record of the applicant, including the financial track record and experience of the applicant and any Key Creatives
  • The networking and professional development opportunities provided by the festival
  • The likelihood it will assist the applicant’s next project, relative to their level of experience
  • The appropriateness of the budget submitted
How long will it take to receive a decision?

Between six to eight weeks from the date that Screen NSW acknowledges receipt of a completed application.

Please note you will recieve a SmartyGrants acknowledgement of submission. We will send a separate acknowlegdement.


If you would like to provide us with feedback, or believe you have cause for complaint, please consult our Feedback, Review and Formal Complaints Procedures.

For further information contact:
Development & Production