Call for Entries: Victorian Digital Screen Rebate

$15m rebate to boost post-production, animation and visual effects in Victoria.

L to R: Princess Bento Managing Director Emma Fitzsimons, Minister for Creative Industries Steve Dimopoulos, VicScreen CEO Caroline Pitcher, Keywords Studios Head of Operations Tom Davies, Hipster Whale CEO Clara Reeves

Applications have opened for grants for projects that are undertaken in game development, post-production, animation and visual effects in Victoria, employing Victorian workers.

The Victorian Government is allocating $15 million, administered by VicScreen, to attract new international projects to the state and support local companies.

Locally owned companies will be eligible to apply for a rebate of up to 15 percent of qualifying expenditure that will support local content and creators.

Minister for Creative Industries Steve Dimopoulos said, “The digital games sector is one of the fastest-growing industries on the planet and we are backing companies to set up or expand in Victoria to create more jobs and boost our economy.”

“This rebate will help ensure Victoria’s position at the cutting edge of games, visual effects and animation is cemented for years to come.”

VicScreen CEO Caroline Pitcher said, “Victoria is the go-to destination for digital games, VFX, animation and post-production, with many of the country’s leading digital screen businesses operating in Melbourne.”

“This rebate will support more locally based studios to develop and attract digital screen projects that will stimulate Victorian creativity, innovation and capability, as well as deliver job and career opportunities for Victorians.”

Summerfall Studios Managing Director and Co-Founder Liam Esler said, “Victoria is already the best place to make games in Australia and the Victorian Digital Screen Rebate will have a huge impact on businesses like ours, giving studios more resources to create world-class projects.”

“The rebate will mean local studios can kickstart their ambitions with a strong foundation of growth and encourage more to set up here. This rebate is truly game-changing.”


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