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Image: Shaun The Sheep’s Circus Show by Circa. Photo by Prudence Upton courtesy of Circa.

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Screen Queensland’s $5 million Screen Ventures Fund is designed to back bold and innovative screen and screen-related projects – from anywhere in Australia, to be made in Queensland – that demonstrate strong investment returns potential. 

Originally conceived in early 2020, the Fund first invested in Circa’s Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show, which premiered at QPAC in March 2021.

Screen Queensland is calling for commercially focused, ready-to-launch or production-ready screen projects from across Australia, to be produced in Queensland. 

Projects should demonstrate exciting ways to further Screen Queensland’s goals to drive employment, deliver Queensland Production Expenditure (QPE) and provide opportunities to explore new partnerships and models of business relevant to screen.  

Investments range from $10,000 to $750,000 in the context of size of audience, overall budget, benefits to Queensland and other financial commitment secured from partners and investors, with returns expected within five years. 

Developing and premiering Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show in Queensland was made possible by the support of key partners including Screen Queensland.  To realise this unique collaboration between Circa and Academy Award winning animation studio Aardman, we required not only commercial investment in the project, but also relationships and expertise for the local development of key elements.  Screen Queensland identified the numerous synergies with the new production, and assisted us to connect with the local film sector in the creation of new animation for the show.

We additionally were able to connect Screen Queensland with Aardman’s animation academy, who delivered workshops and other sector development initiatives to support the local industry here in Queensland.

We are thrilled at the result and look forward to taking Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show to the world in 2022.

Shaun Comerford
Executive Director, Circa Contemporary Circus
Producer, Shaun the Sheep’s Circus Show.