Breaks Funding

By October 17, 2013 Industry News

2014 Breaks Funding is for short narrative works.
Download the application, start writing your script and put your team together now.
Attend the information session 6:00pm, Tuesday 22 October at Metro Screen.
Applications need to be submitted online between 18 November – 2 December 2013.

Over the past 3 years, Metro Screen has been funding creative storytelling through the Breaks program. In 2014 the Breaks funding program is back with a focus on getting stories from script to screen with cash support, production subsidies and expert development workshops. Eight filmmaking teams (producer, director, writer) will be selected to take their projects into the Story Hothouse and then develop their craft at the Director Foundary before rolling the camera in full-scale production. Download and begin putting your application together now.

Register for the Free Information Session Tuesday 22 October 6.00pm at the Metro Screen studios, Corner of Oxford Street & Oatley Road Paddington.

Watch 2013 Breaks filmmaker, Samuel Leighton-Dore, talk about his experiences making the short drama Showboy, currently in post production.

Breaks Funding Guidelines

The Breaks funding program offers eight places for teams to develop and produce a narrative project, with cash funding, equipment and facilities and an intensive development hot house.  The eight places will be allocated under the following categories:

  • Narrative short film projects of up to 10 minutes duration (drama, documentary, animation and experimental projects will be considered).
  • Narrative projects created for online or small screen delivery (webisode series, transmedia, interactive, online documentary, mobile or tablet content with a narrative focus will be considered).
  • Two narrative short film projects of up to 10 minutes duration awarded to applicants from an Aboriginal or Torres Straits Islander background (drama, documentary, animation and experimental projects will be considered).

The program will begin with the intensive story development Hot House.  Successful applicants will join a three-month part time intensive Hot House program working with industry experts to develop their story and craft skills before commencing production.

The Breaks Hot House program will consist of:

  • The Story Incubator – an extended workshop for the creative team, working with industry screenwriting professionals and the other teams, to refine and develop their story to a production ready script.
  • The Director Foundary – an extended workshop for the director exploring performance techniques, working with actors, visual story-telling and other key areas of the film production process.

Following the Hot House program successful applicants will be guided, with professional support from Metro Screen, to realise their project over a 4 month production period to deliver their final work by 31st of October, 2013.


Breaks is for early career creatives. Applicants with feature film or substantial television credits in their elected role are not eligible. Applicants must be a Permanent Resident of Australia residing in NSW.

The Breaks agreement will be exclusively between the producer, director team and Metro Screen. The applicant may be either a producer and writer/director or a director and writer/producer or a producer, writer and director team where the producer has been assigned all rights to the script to be developed and produced through the Breaks program. It is mandatory that a producer is attached at application stage. Producer/directors will not be considered.

Breaks is generously supported in part by Screen NSW.

Breaks Provides

  • a place in the Story Incubator program for the Writer and Director. [mandatory for all Breaks screenwriters and directors]
  • a place in the Directory Foundary for the Director of the project [mandatory for all Breaks directors]
  • a cash production budget of $3,500.
  • production equipment and post production facilities from Metro Screen to the value of $2,500
  • a joint cast and crew screening.

Timeline For Successful Applicants

Deadline for applications:              Thursday 2 December, 2013
Successful applicants notified:      26 March, 2013

Hot House Dates

09 April           Introduction session – director and writers to attend (evening)
12 April            Story Incubator (full day)
16 April            Story Incubator (evening)
30 April           Story Incubator (evening)
7 May               Director Foundary – director and writers to attend (evening)
14 May             Story Incubator (evening)
21 May             Director Foundary – director and writers to attend (evening)
31 May             Story Incubator (full day)
4 June              Story Incubator (evening)
7 June              Director Foundary – director and writers to attend (full day)
11 June            Director Foundary (evening)
18 June            Director Foundary (evening)
21 June            Director Foundary (full day)
22 June            Director Foundary (full day)

Evening Hot House sessions will run Wednesday evenings from 6:15pm – 915pm
Full day sessions will be Saturday or Sunday sessions from 9:30am – 4:30pm

Successful Applicant Responsibilities

Successful applicants MUST;

  • ensure that the relevant creative team members are able to attend all Hot House sessions.
  • produce a finished film of up to 10 minutes by the deliverables date.

To Apply

Download and Complete the Application Form. All forms and support material must be submitted electronically via the web submission form on the Metro Screen Website. The Submission form will be available from 18 November – 2 December 2013.

If you require more information about any of the support material, please see our Application help page.

Application Materials Required – All documents should be submitted as pdf files

  • Download and complete the  Breaks Application Form
  • A current script – does not need to be at final draft stage
  • A current CV for each of key creative [one page max]
  • A signed Writers Agreement assigning all rights to the script to be developed and produced to the producer from the screenwriter [Download Writer’s Agreement]

Other Support Material

You may provide a showreel or an example of existing work via a private vimeo or youtube link that is password protected. Please provide the URL and password in the space provided on the online submission page.


Applications are assessed by Metro Screen’s Projects Manager and a panel of industry representatives.