‘The Playbook’ from Shearwater Entertainment was released through selected Hoyts and Event Cinemas around Australia in July through Heritage Distribution’s ‘Faith on Film’ program. Screenings of the inspirational sports/faith drama were held at 14 sites over eight weeks, with several screenings sold out.
Heritage HM worked with the film’s Producer Darran Scott to take the movie through Screen Australia’s Producer’s Offset Program.
“Our theatrical release for Darran through the Faith on Film program meant he was able to achieve a 40% rebate from the Govt on his entire budget.” said Heritage HM’s Rod Hopping.
The Producer Offset is a refundable tax offset (rebate) for producers of Australian feature films, television and other projects.
Projects must have a minimum budget of $500,000 and meet Screen Australia’s guidelines for ‘Qualifying Australian Production Expenditure’. Films must have theatrical distribution attached and TV projects must have a commercial broadcast deal.
More information and guidelines can be obtained from Screen Australia here.
Darran says producers applying for the offset “absolutely MUST be on top of their paperwork and keep all receipts/invoices and account for every cent.”
“I would strongly recommend them to read Screen Australia’s guidelines before applying and speaking in person with one of their managers.” said Darran.
“It’s good for future film makers to know more about this and to understand that there is a potential conduit to get a significant amount of funding.” said Heritage Distribution’s Rod Hopping