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30 April 2017
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Australian Film Industry Overview

The profile of the Australian film and television industry and the depth of talent produced is disproportionate to our population and industry size. This has not always been the case. A vibrant film and television production sector helps promote a more inquisitive, imaginative and thoughtful Australian society through the realisation of Australian stories on screen. It also provides a medium through which Australia's creative talents are able to reach the world.

The AFC is the Australian Government's agency for supporting the development of film, television and interactive media projects and their creators. The AFC focuses its efforts on the independent production sector-companies and individuals who are not affiliated with broadcasters or major distribution and exhibition companies.

AFC submission to DCITA's 2006 Review of Australian Government Film Funding Support

August 2006

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AFC submission to DCITA's 2006 Review of Aust Govt Film Funding Support (974 Kb)

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Appendix A – International Digital Funding Programs (68 Kb)

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Appendix B1 – Country Profile - UK (474 Kb)

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Appendix B2 – Country Profile - Canada (507 Kb)

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Appendix B3 – Country Profile - France (424 Kb)

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Appendix B4 – Country Profile - Denmark (272 Kb)

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Appendix C – International Summary (114 Kb)

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Appendix D – International Enterprise Development Schemes (40 Kb)

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Appendix E – International Automatic Support Schemes (59 Kb)

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Appendix F – International Film Agencies Overview (273 Kb)

Early History of the Australian Film Industry

September 2005

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Early History of the Australian Film Industry (101 Kb)

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Chronology of Australian film industry (62 Kb)

AFC's submission to DCITA's review of the Refundable Film Tax Offset Scheme

July 2006

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AFC Submission to DCITA's review of the Refundable Film Tax Offset Scheme (414 Kb)

DCITA Review of Divisions 10B and 10BA

December 2005

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10B and 10BA Review Submission (794 Kb)

2005 House of Representatives Standing Committee on Science and Innovation Inquiry into pathways to technological innovation

May 2005

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House of Representatives Standing Committee on Science and Innovation Inquiry into pathways to technological innovation: Joint AFC, AFTRS and Australia Council Submission (274 Kb)

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House of Representatives Standing Committee on Science and Innovation Inquiry into pathways to technological innovation: Joint AFC, AFTRS and Australia Council Submission, Appendix 3 (132 Kb)

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House of Representatives Standing Committee on Science and Innovation Inquiry into pathways to technological innovation: Joint AFC, AFTRS and Australia Council Submission, Appendix 4 (121 Kb)

Board of Taxation's Draft Taxation Ruling 2004/D12 - Income Tax: carrying on a business as a professional artist, AFC Submission

September 2004

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Board of Taxation's Draft Taxation Ruling 2004/D12 - Income Tax: carrying on business as a professional artist, AFC Submission (60 Kb)

Development of feature films in Australia: A survey of producers, directors & writers

June 2004
Development of feature films in Australia: A survey of producers, directors & writers is an investigation into the development of Australia feature films and builds on some of the findings of the AFC's report Development: A study of Australian and International Funding and Practice in the Feature Film Industry of November 2000.

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Development of feature films in Australia: A survey of producers, directors & writers, June 2004 (337 Kb)

The Internationalisation of Australian Film and Television through the 1990s
by Sean Maher
May 2004
The Internationalisation of Australian Film and Television through the 1990s is a comprehensive and accessible description and analysis of the processes of internationalisation in the Australian audiovisual industry through the 1990s.

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The Internationalisation of Australian Film and Television through the 1990s, May 2004 (277 Kb)

2004 Board of Taxation's Post-implementation Review of Non-commercial Losses: Division 35, AFC Submission

March 2004

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The Board of Taxation's Post-implementation Review of Non-commercial Losses: Division 35, AFC Submission, March 2004 (53 Kb)

Documentary Production and Funding in Australia: A discussion paper prepared by the Australian Film Commission

February 2004
Following the 2003 Australian International Documentary Conference, the AFC prepared this discussion paper which attempts to identify some of the key issues and concerns that exist within the documentary production sector.

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Documentary Production and Funding in Australia: AFC Discussion Paper, February 2004 (479 Kb)

Cinema Cities, Media Cities: The Contemporary International Studio Complex
by Ben Goldsmith
September 2003
Cinema Cities, Media Cities: The Contemporary International Studio Complex is a comprehensive study of contemporary international studios and considers the circumstances in which a rash of studio complex building and renovating has occurred - in places as diverse as Rome, London, Berlin, Prague, Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney, the Gold Coast and Melbourne.

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Cinema Cities, Media Cities: The Contemporary International Studio Complex, AFC Report, September 2003 (835 Kb)

2003 House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications, Information Technology and the Arts Inquiry in to the"Future Opportunities for Australia's film, animation, special effects and electronic games industries"

July 2003

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House of Representatives Inquiry into Future Opportunities: AFC Submission, July 2003 (314 Kb)

Development: An AFC Study of Australian and International Funding and Practice in the Feature Film Industry

November 2000
In 1999, the AFC and FFC produced a review of the state of the Australian screen production industry entitled Report on the Film and Television Production Industry (November 1999) below. This 'state of the industry' report identified a problem in the resourcing of development as a key issue and recommended that a study be undertaken to establish benchmarks for the funding and practice of development in Australia. That study is the subject of this report.

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Development: A study of Australian and international funding and practice in the feature film industry, November 2000 (199 Kb)

Report on the Film and Television Production Industry

November 1999
This report was prepared jointly by the AFC and the FFC, in response to a request by the Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation, the Hon. Peter McGauran MP, on 13 September 1999. The central aim of this report is to investigate the state of the industry, and to assist the Government in developing policy responses where necessary.

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AFC and FFC Report on the film and television production industry, November 1999 (146 Kb)

Distributing Australian Films: An AFC Survey of Current Market Conditions and Distributors' Perceptions

August 1999
This survey of current market conditions and distributors' perceptions was commissioned by the Marketing Branch of the AFC in response to a perceived shift in market conditions worldwide and a relatively small box office share for the local industry in 1998.

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Distributing Australian Films: An AFC Survey of Current Market Conditions and Distributors’ Perceptions, August 1999 (122 Kb)

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Related Speeches

28 October 2004
Speaker: Kim Dalton, AFC Chief Executive
Event: Australia Korea Foundation Media Forum
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09 July 2003
Speaker: Kim Dalton, AFC CEO
Event: Australasian Sound Recordings Association Conference 2003
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18 March 2003
Speaker: Maureen Barron, AFC Chair
Event: 2003 AFC Parliamentary Reception
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01 March 2003
Speaker: Maureen Barron, AFC Chair
Event: Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan
Session: The Australian Film Industry Today and the Forces that Shaped it.
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11 September 2002
Speaker: Carole Sklan, AFC Director of FIlm Development
Event: Toronto International Film Festival
Session: Getting to know you better: Exploring Screen Production in Canada, Australia and New Zealand
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14 August 2002
Speaker: Maureen Barron, AFC Chair
Event: SPARK launch
Session: Launch of SPARK, the AFC/AFTRS script workshop program
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13 August 2002
Speaker: Kim Dalton, AFC Chief Executive
Event: Australian International Movie Convention
Session: Australia on Show: Opening Night
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06 August 2002
Speaker: Kim Dalton, AFC Chief Executive
Event: Cineposium: Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Annual Conference
Session: International Models for Developing a Domestic Industry
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13 July 2002
Speaker: Kim Dalton, AFC Chief Executive
Event: National Screenwriter's Conference 'Telling Better Stories'
Session: State of the Nation
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20 March 2002
Speaker: Maureen Barron, AFC Chair
Event: AFC Parliamentary Reception
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08 February 2001
Speaker: Kim Dalton, AFC Chief Executive
Event: CFTPA Conference 2001 - Prime Time in Ottawa
Session: International Day: Focus on Australia and New Zealand
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02 September 2000
Speaker: Kim Dalton, AFC Chief Executive
Event: National Screenwriters Conference
Session: Development Practice in the Australian Film Industry
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Related Media Releases

14 Aug 2002
SPARK will address problems with feature film development

07 Nov 2002
Australian Film Commission releases National Survey of Feature Film and TV Drama Production for 2001/02

13 Nov 2001
Australian Film Commission releases National Survey of Feature Film and TV Drama Production for 2000/01

04 Sep 2001
Film production - refundable tax offset

04 Sep 2001
AFC welcomes increased funding to Australian film and television industry

15 Jan 2001
Australian Film Industry Produces A Record-breaking Performance

14 Nov 2000
November 14th 2000FILM AND TV PRODUCTION EXPENDITURE IN AUSTRALIA REACHES $570 MILLION FOR 1999/2000

14 Nov 2000
AFC Releases Development Study