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The new 10%, uncapped Post, Digital and Visual Effects Attraction Incentive aims to attract footloose* film and television projects to use PDV facilities in Queensland.

The grant is open to international and national projects with a minimum spend of AUD $500,000 on Queensland PDV work and can also be used in conjunction with the Australian Government’s Location, PDV or Producer Offsets.

Queensland is home to world-class PDV companies and facilities with a wealth of talented specialists, expertise and track record of delivering high-end international film and television productions.

*Projects are considered footloose if there is a genuine post-production or VFX destination alternative and are not currently locked into a location.

Application deadlines

(The below dates are in AEST)

Application DeadlineBoard Meeting
Wednesday, 3 March 2021Wednesday, 14 April 2021
Wednesday, 5 May 2021Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Wednesday, 7 July 2021Wednesday, 18 August 2021
Wednesday, 1 September 2021Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Wednesday, 27 October 2021Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Application Guidelines

Explore the guidelines below or download a copy here

The Goals of the PDV Incentive

The PDV Incentive aims to attract film and television projects to utilise PDV facilities in Queensland.

An incentive may be offered only for projects utilising post, digital and visual effects facilities located in Queensland.

For projects undertaking physical production in Queensland in addition to PDV see our Production Attraction incentives guidelines.

How much can I apply for?

An uncapped, 10% attraction grant for eligible expenditure on qualifying PDV work undertaken in
Queensland on eligible projects.

Who and what projects can apply?

This funding program is open to all national and international Producers.

A minimum of AUD $500,000 must be spent in Queensland on PDV. Qualifying PDV work is consistent with activities outlined in the Australian Government’s PDV Offset, however for the purpose of the Queensland incentive, eligible expenditure is that which is incurred and retained in Queensland.

Approved elements include the following:

  • Payments to Queensland screen industry practitioners, residents or PDV companies for goods and services provided in Queensland in connection with PDV for the project.
  • Salaries and other expenses paid to, or incurred in relation to, any Queensland residents engaged in PDV on the project.

Projects must be one of the following types of production:

  • Fiction: feature film or television, including subscription platforms (telemovies, mini-series, pilots or series)
  • Documentary: feature film or television series (one-off or series)

Relevant guidance on the detail of the Australian Federal Government’s PDV Offset can be found here.

The qualifying expenditure must not exceed amounts actually paid by the production company incurring the expense and must be calculated net of any investment in the scheme by the service provider or a related party.

Expenditure on interstate or international travel is not included. Expenditure on the employment of any individual who is not a bona fide Queensland resident is not included.

Who can apply:
A production company or Special Purpose Vehicle which has:

  • a fully financed project where the PDV Incentive does not form part of the project’s finance plan. Your budget must include at least minimum Australian industry award rates for screen industry practitioners being engaged in PDV work.
  • evidence of genuine interstate or international production destination alternatives for your project.
  • evidence of genuine marketplace interest for commercial release or distribution of your project.
  • a project engaging a majority of screen industry practitioners for the PDV who are Queensland residents.

Projects that are ineligible:
The following production types are ineligible to receive the PDV Incentive.

  • Infotainment, reality and magazine shows
  • Variety programs and light entertainment
  • Sports and current affairs programs
  • Television commercials
  • Short Films (less than 60 minutes)
  • Community Television
  • Student Films
  • Projects in receipt of any other incentive from SQ including Production Investment or Production Attraction incentive.

Applications from federal or state government departments or entities are ineligible.

Applications for the PDV Incentive MUST be approved by Screen Queensland prior to the commencement of PDV work. Funding cannot be sought retrospectively.

Assessment criteria

Applications for the PDV Incentive are assessed in accordance with these guidelines including the objectives of the fund outlined below.

  • Increase the level of film and television PDV in the state of Queensland.
  • Increase skills development and employment opportunities for Queenslanders working in the PDV sector.
  • Increase business activity for Queensland-based PDV facilities.
Preparing your application

All incentive applications must be made prior to commencement of post-production. Incentives will be paid after the completion of the production, following full acquittal of contracted delivery items and an audit.

Application form is available via the button above.

During the application process you will be required to provide:

  • Business and production information including project summary, title, filming dates etc.
  • Total production and post-production budget
  • A finance plan and breakdown of expenses/ salaries
  • The names of key creatives

Please allow for system downtime or internet service provider problems when
completing your application and save the application regularly.

An automated application email will be sent to you within 30 minutes as
confirmation that SQ has received your application.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact SQ if you do not receive an
application receipt email.

Application, administration and contracting process

Assessment and offer process
Following receipt of the application, the application will be assessed against these guidelines.

A recommendation will be made following the assessment which will proceed to the relevant delegated authority.

Subject to approval of the recommendation, and funding availability, a letter of offer will be sent to the applicant.

On acceptance of the letter of offer, contracting will begin.

Contracting must be completed prior to work commencing.

Accepting a Grant
Successful applicants will be sent a letter of offer with the grant amount available for their production and outlining the next steps.

Applicants who accept the grant offer will then be required to enter into an agreement with SQ outlining specific deliverables that will be required including the opportunity to announce the project and ensure maximum opportunities for Queenslanders to be employed on the project.

Your contract with SQ will set out the terms and conditions of your grant, including
requirements that:

  • your project achieves the agreed PDV spend in Queensland
  • you provide delivery materials to Screen Queensland on completion of the project

Your PDV Incentive application and any incentive approved by SQ is treated as commercial in confidence by SQ.

Reporting Requirements
Successful funding applicants must provide detailed reporting and acquittal information on the activities undertaken which will be negotiated between the successful applicant and SQ at the time of contracting.

Payment of Grant
Incentives will be paid after the completion of the production and following full acquittal of contracted delivery items and an audit.

Payment of the grant will only be made on the receipt of a valid Tax Invoice.

IMPORTANT: Documents to read before you apply

You must read our Terms of Trade, QPE definition and our corporate and strategic plans before preparing your application.

Contact us

SQ is keen to help you put forward your best application, so please contact us should you have any questions.

Naomi Wenck, Production Attraction and Investment Director 
+61 7 3248 0500

The Everyone Project

As a member of the Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network (SDIN), Screen Queensland uses The Everyone Project to benchmark and track the diversity of the Australian screen industry.

The Everyone Project is an easy-to-use survey and reporting tool that invites people working on current projects to self-identify on a set of characteristics to help us benchmark and track the impact of work to diversify the talent and crews working in the screen industry.

Productions supported through Screen Queensland must register with The Everyone Project and, with appropriate consent, provide their cast and crew’s names, roles and contact details so that they may be invited to participate in voluntary, de-identified demographic surveys.

Learn more about The Everyone Project