Screen Australia has been Australia’s primary screen agency since 1 July 2008. By partnering with filmmakers, Screen Australia is helping to create an Australian industry that is culturally important and commercially sustainable.
Screen Australia encourages Australian and international producers to work together. It administers the International Co-production Program and Producer Offset. The Producer Offset has become an important component of financing Australian films, which include official co-productions, and a limited number of projects with some US financial support. Screen Australia also has investment, marketing and other roles.
The organisation is led by Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ruth Harley. The Producer Offset and Co-production is headed by Alex Sangston; production investment is headed by Ross Matthews, development programs headed by Martha Coleman and marketing is headed by Kathleen Drumm.
The financing systems currently in place are adding to Australia’s appeal as a production partner. This is particularly because of the Producer Offset, which has the effect of giving Australian producers a guaranteed source of finance.
The Producer Offset is a rebate on the production expenditure incurred in Australia when making Australian film and television. Not all expenditure qualifies, but the Offset can be worth up to 20% of Australian spend in the case of television and documentary, and up to 40% in the case of film.
Film and television made under Australia’s official Co-Production arrangements can automatically claim the Producer Offset. Other productions with Australia must pass a ‘significant Australian content’ test in order to claim the Producer Offset.
• The Sapphires
• Animal Kingdom
• Wish You Were Here
• Red Dog
• The Hunter
• The Tree
• Sleeping Beauty
• Oranges and Sunshine
• Bright Star
Phone: +61 2 8113 5800
Senior Manager, Producer Offset and Co-production
Head of Production Investment
Head of Development
Head of Marketing