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News11 - May - 2023

Slate Development Program strengthens local screen production and diversity

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Screen NSW today launched the 2023 Slate Development Funding program, providing up to $100,000 to support the NSW screen industry build a pipeline of local projects and promote greater diversity in representation.

Head of Screen NSW Kyas Hepworth said this program offers a streamlined process for NSW screen companies to apply for $100,000 funding to develop three projects, and boost representation and inclusiveness in the NSW screen industry.

“By investing in a slate of projects, this program supports NSW-based companies to triple their scope, enabling producers and creatives to focus on developing standout content, made in NSW,” Ms Hepworth said.

“Screen NSW’s vision is for a diverse and inclusive screen industry, reflected in the stories told and the people who tell them. Our goal for this program is to drive greater representation across the NSW screen industry.”

Screen NSW’s Slate Development Program offers funding of up to $100,000 for a slate of three projects including TV Drama, Factual, Features, Online and Immersive Narrative, produced and/or post-produced in NSW.

Since 2020, Screen NSW has supported 20 companies with Slate Development Funding to deliver many exciting projects including TV series HEARTBREAK HIGH (Fremantle Media), THE MESSENGER (Lingo Pictures) and feature documentary RACHEL’S FARM (WildBear Entertainment).

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NSW production companies with a proven track record and capacity to finance, produce and release a slate of three projects, together with a commitment to advancing talent from under-represented groups, are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible, each proposed project must include one female-identifying Key Creative and at least one Key Creative from the following groups: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD), people with disability, LGBTQIA+, living in Western Sydney or regional NSW.

Applications for Screen NSW’s Slate Development Program close Tuesday 13 June 2023.

For program guidelines and further details visit screen.nsw.gov.au.