I hope that great idea you’ve been sitting on for ages is finally ready to be exposed to the world? Now is probably a good a time as any other, considering Screen Australia’s Hot Shots program has been revamped into a development program, I’d say now would be perfect.

What was once Hot Shots, which was responsible for funding 28 short films since its inception in 2013, will now be known as Hot Shots Plus. This reimagined program will “provide production funding for a narrative, short-form proof of concept; and development funding to advance it to a low-budget, longer form project”. Essentially they are giving you a pathway to get your incredible idea for a feature film funded and made!

So what’s up for grabs?

  • Up to $70,000 for live action
  • Up to $100,000 for animation
  • Up to $40,000 for post-production


If that wasn’t enough, $50,000 is available for development of the longer form project. So get cracking peeps, the POC (proof of concept) can be up to 30 mins and take the form of a short film, series pilot, online or virtual reality. To be clear, this isn’t just another short film funding competition, this is a pathway to a career.

Applications close Thursday 20 April.


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