In partnership with Epic Games, Screen Canberra, Screen Queensland, Film Victoria, Screen NSW, Screen Tasmania, South Australian Film Corporation and Screenwest will provide funding towards the production of short films that utilise Unreal Engine software.

At least 15 projects will be funded across Australia, with up to three projects to be selected from ACT based creators. Each project will receive $20,000 production funding to create a short film up to five minutes that utilises Epic Games’ Unreal Engine software.

Unreal Engine is an open, real-time 3D creation platform that allows filmmakers to conceive and execute complex visual storytelling without having to leave their homes!

Epic Games is offering free online training to any Australians interested in learning about the Unreal Engine software from 10 August to 24 August 2020, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to participate.

This initiative will allow ACT content creators to explore new forms of storytelling through experimenting with emerging technology. These short films have the potential to be used as a proof of concept for a larger project and may be eligible for additional funding for further development.

All completed short films from around Australia will compete for a Grand Prize of $50,000, to be awarded by Epic Games.

Please review the GUIDELINES

The initiative is open to ACT content creators whose projects are able to be delivered whilst adhering to government restrictions around social distancing during COVID-19. The creators must also be able to finish and deliver their projects by 30 November 2020.

The intellectual property must be owned by an ACT resident and the entire budget must be spent in the ACT.

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Live and work in the ACT;
  • Not be employed by a state or government screen agency.
  • Not be employed by a broadcaster.
  • Not be a full-time student.
  • Own the rights to the story they are telling.
    • If this project is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander story, some or all intellectual property are owned by members of this community

$20,000 per project. Funding is offered as a grant

Applications Close:
11:00pm, 31 August 2020

Alex Ringland – Project Manager

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen practitioners are encouraged to apply. Additionally, we are committed to ensuring diverse representation across all aspects of the production and development process, including differences in gender; age; Aboriginal identity; cultural and linguistic diversity; disability; sexuality and gender identities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+), location (including regional and remote areas); and socio-economic status.