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Film in the Northern Territory

The Northern Territory’s emerging screen industry is rich with potential. By telling stories that capture the Territory’s rich Aboriginal culture and its evocative landscapes, its small but talented band of creatives has won both national and international recognition.

The Darwin International Film Festival marries Darwin’s unique outdoor screen culture with a showcase of films from around the globe, while the Northern Territory Travelling Film Festival takes the Territory’s own stories, culture and landscapes on the road from desert to tropics.

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Grants, incentives and support 

Film and television production in the NT is supported by Screen Territory, with a suite of grants on offer. On top of Australian Government offsets, you could be eligible for:

  • production finance of up to A$100,000 for projects with significant NT content
  • story development funding of up to A$30,000 for distinctive NT feature film, television and web projects
  • audience development grants of up to A$15,000.

Assistance for individual screen practitioners includes grants of up to A$15,000 to support professional development as well as travel support to visit interstate and international markets, awards and festivals.

Case studies

  • Premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, romantic comedy Top End Wedding was set against the stunning backdrop of some of the Territory’s most iconic destinations, including Kakadu, Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands. Co-written, produced by and starring Darwin’s own Miranda Tapsell, Top End Wedding was nominated for three AACTA Awards. 
  • Children’s drama series MaveriX follows the story of six junior riders as they join a motocross academy in the Red Centre. The NT’s largest ever screen production, MaveriX has benefited from a record A$1.5 million investment from the NT Government. 

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