Investment & Support

Behind the scenes of David Attenborough’s Life in Colour (2021 by SeaLight Pictures and HumbleBee Films) filmed in Far North Queensland and attracted via the Regional Incentive. The production engaged local cinematography businesses Biopixel and BioQuest Studios.

The Regional Incentive attracts production to regional Queensland. The program is aimed at increasing the level of production, industry skill level and employment as well as screen industry activity in regional Queensland.

Anyone shooting a screen story in a regional Queensland location for a minimum of 5 days is able to apply for the incentive which can be up to 10% of the auditable Queensland Regional Expenditure (QRE).

This incentive is subject to funding availability – please contact SQ prior to submitting your application.
Email: Ph: +61 7 3248 0500


Before applying please read through the below or download our guidelines here

About the Regional Incentive

Screen Queensland’s Regional Incentive attracts production to regional Queensland (outside a 150km radius of the Brisbane or Gold Coast CBDs).

Its objectives are to:

  • Increase the level of production in regional Queensland.
  • Increase skills development and employment opportunities for regional Queenslanders working in the screen sector.
  • Increase business activity for regional Queensland based companies.

Applicants can apply for up to 10% of auditable Queensland Regional Expenditure (QRE).

Eligible QRE is considered:

  • jobs where those people have been residents of a regional area for at least 6 months prior to application, and
  • expenditure with suppliers/businesses based in those regional areas.

Read the Queensland Production Expenditure (QPE) definition for full details of eligible costs.

Funding is in the form of a grant, payable on delivery of a full audit of expenditure and acquittal of contracted delivery items.

What is SQ looking for?

When assessing your proposal we’ll use the below criteria.

  • Is it a good story?
  • Is it well-told and likely to excite an audience?
  • Do the team have a clear idea of who their audience is and how to reach them?
  • Is the budget appropriate for the kind of project and the size of the audience it will reach?
  • Has the team got a good reputation for delivering what it says it will and the skills to make this happen?
  • How will this impact the careers of regional Queensland talent and the regional Queensland screen sector more broadly? How will it:
    • Increase the level of production in regional Queensland.
    • Increase skills development and employment opportunities for regional Queenslanders working in the screen sector.
    • Increase business activity for regional Queensland based companies?
Who can apply?

ANYONE who is shooting a screen story in regional Queensland and will use a regional location for a minimum of five days can apply for the Regional Incentive.

To be eligible you will also require:

  • The rights to the story – tick the box
  • option agreement and/or the approval of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owners of the story
  • writers/key creative agreement
  • supporting documents for the finance plan incl. Provisional certificate for projects applying for the Producer Offset, completion guarantee etc.

It is important that your team of key creatives authentically represent the story and characters in your application. If your story includes content or characters from an under-represented background, e.g. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; culturally and linguistically diverse people; people with a disability; female; non-binary; or LGBTQIA+ people, genuine collaboration with talent who identify with these communities should be demonstrated in the key creative team (writer, director, producer).

Additionally, Screen Queensland requires that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories must demonstrate that some or all of the Intellectual Property is owned by members of the appropriate community.

Please note: Projects unsuccessful twice in a funding program are no longer eligible for further applications to that program.

Preparing your application

You will need to submit your application via smarty grants. The application will ask for:

  • a Screen Australia A-Z Budget showing itemised QRE spend as a separate column.
  • a complete finance plan (that does not include the SQ Regional Incentive).
  • a schedule highlighting number of shoot days in regional Queensland.
  • an application proposal, including:
    • a one page synopsis, including details of the project and market interest
    • benefits to the Queensland regional area, including number of jobs created and total amount spent
    • a list of Queensland regional locations
    • details of all creatives, crew, suppliers/businesses to be engaged by the production in regional Queensland
    • details of the applicant’s track record and their ability to deliver the project
    • an outline of the potential publicity opportunities demonstrating the regional impact of your production (should your application be successful Screen Queensland will work with you to contractually formalise the publicity plan).

Before preparing your application you should read/ be aware of:

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.

Production 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.


If you have any questions or would like to discuss your application please call us on (07) 3248 0500 or email