You’ve probably heard of the wonderful support Australian filmmakers get through the
film finance incentives and are wondering if as an international filmmaker you are eligible. Well, the answer is yes and no. The no is of course if you just want to get financing on your own without involving any Australian film professional. The main idea behind film grants is to develop the Australian film industry and this means working with local talent and film production crews. There is no harm in this and it makes sense given the immense talent that Australia has when it comes to film production. By partnering with Australian directors, producers and script writers, you could be eligible for various grants which include the Producer Offset incentive provided by the Australian Government. The offset is quite a great program and you could get a rebate of about 40%.
So how do you get in touch with local film producers and how do you even approach them? This is a question that many international filmmakers struggle with. The good news is that there are places you can register and connect with the most experienced and renowned filmmakers in the country. This acts more like a social networking portal where you can browse through the filmmaker’s profile and have a look at their credential, productions and even get direct contacts. This means that you can easily get in touch to discuss either one of their projects or the project you hope to have produced in the country.
With a local partner, you are free to benefit from the film commission services that are provisioned for post-production, VFX work and other film production services as well. As you can see, it pays to partner with local filmmakers. Not only do you get to get finance for you film production, you also gain a great deal of talent in your production crew.