Investment & Support

Proof of Concept

May 24, 2019
Image from short film Post Mortem Mary. Director/Writer Joshua Long, Producer Daniel Schultz

Applications are closed

Application info 2019

Screen Queensland’s (SQ) Proof of Concept initiative provides Queensland creative teams with an opportunity to market a longer-form feature film, TV or digital series through a proof of concept short film or series.

The Babadook, Saw, Whiplash, Broad City and Insecure are just a few examples of feature films and TV series launched from short-form proofs of concept.

The Proof of Concept initiative invites applications for standalone scripted short films or short series that act as a proof of concept for a full-length feature film, broadcast or digital series.

SQ encourages applications for bold, creative and global ideas across all scripted genres and screen platforms. Proofs of concept should be complete narratives that are able to be experienced as standalone works while also demonstrating the potential of an extended idea through story, character, world or theme, or a combination of these.

Projects should demonstrate a clear pathway to market, for example this could include competing in landmark film festivals, securing the attachment of a distributor/broadcaster to your long-form project and/or significant growth of an online audience. Successful applicants must deliver their proof of concept short/series within 6-12 months of approval.

Up to $100,000 is available per successful project. This will support creative teams to find and build first audiences for their ideas and secure market attachments. Screen Queensland’s investment is 110% recoupable on the first day of principal photography for the longer-form project.

SQ will provide feedback throughout the creation and release of your short/series and may require you to partake in development, production and post production workshops and consultations throughout the process.

How to apply

  1. Read the guidelines and SQ’s terms of trade, paying close attention to the eligibility and assessment criteria
  2. Apply online at by 5pm Friday 28 June 2019. Late applications will not be assessed. You will receive a notification email within 30 minutes of applying. Please note it is the applicant’s responsibility to contact SQ if this email is not received. Incomplete applications will not be assessed.
  3. SQ may contact you to provide further details, documentation or participate in an interview. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in August 2019.

To discuss further, please contact Screen Queensland’s Content team or phone (07) 3248 0500.