Applications have now closed for Breaks Funding 2015. If you require funding for your short project please take a look at our Jumpstart Support.

Over the past 4 years, Metro Screen has been funding creative storytelling through the Breaks program. In 2015 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) are selected to take their projects into the Story Hothouse and then develop their craft at the Director Foundry before rolling the camera in full-scale production. For a list of the 2015 successful applicants click here.

Watch Breaks filmmaker, Samuel Leighton-Dore, talk about his experiences making the short drama Showboy, which premiered at the Dendy Short Film Awards at the Sydney International Film Festival 2014.

Breaks Funding

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 and 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 begins 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 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 Foundry – an extended workshop for the director exploring performance techniques, working with actors, visual story-telling and other key areas of the film production process.
  • Producer Sessions – industry guest speaker sessions for producers.

Following the Hot House program successful applicants will be guided – with professional support from Metro Screen – to realise their project over a four month production period delivering their final work by 30 October, 2015.


Breaks is for early career creatives. Applicants with feature film or substantial television credits in their elected role are not eligible. Applicants must be Permanent Residents 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 proudly supported by Screen NSW.


More Information

Calls for Applications for Breaks 2016 will be announced late this year.  Subscribe to the Metro Screen e-news to stay up to date. For more information call David Opitz during business hours on (02) 9356 1818.