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The region boasts world-class post-production and VFX companies.

A simplified production funding scheme, coupled with the launch of Australia’s most competitive post-production, digital and visual effects rebate (PDV), make South Australia a leader in the worldwide digital entertainment economy, and a smart choice for footloose productions looking to establish a production pipeline down under.

The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) has overhauled its production funding guidelines, moving to an uncapped 100% grant model for funding television drama and features that
make a significant contribution to the local economy.

Working in harmony

The new SAFC production funding grant complements the South Australian PDV rebate scheme announced in December. The PDV rebate sees companies recoup 10% of their South Australian expenditure, mirroring the Australian federal government’s PDV offset of 30%.

Combined, South Australian post-production companies can now offer a 40% rebate on spend in the state to international film and television producers. The PDV rebate is not limited by funding, increasing the scope and diversity of productions that are able to bring their post to South Australia. The rebate is uncapped, automatic and non-discretionary for productions that meet the guidelines.

South Australia’s state government has identified the booming sector as an area that can assist in securing more international production to Adelaide, Australia’s ‘20-minute city’, that offers film-friendly councils, Adelaide Studios, new set-construction workshops and proximity to locations that can double for Mars or colonial England.

Adelaide offers world-class post-production and visual-effects businesses, including major facilities house KOJO (TV’s Wolf Creek, The Babadook), Academy Award-nominated VFX firm Rising Sun Pictures (Thor: Ragnarok, X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Tomb Raider), and emerging television VFX firm Resin (Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams). Recently global entertainment giant Technicolor (The Shape Of Water, Jungle Book, Blade Runner 2049) announced plans to establish VFX centre Mill Film in Adelaide, employing 500 people. These businesses are a stone’s throw from Adelaide Studios, ensuring the city is a very attractive location for projects from beginning right through to the end.

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