Terms in bold are defined below.

Applicants must:

  • if individuals, be Australian citizens and Northern Territory residents
  • if individuals, not be under 18
  • if a company, be a Northern Territory company except where indicated in the guidelines for a specific program; a Northern Territory company may also apply on behalf of a genuine co-production between it and a non-NT company
  • not be in default or breach of any obligation under any arrangement they have with Screen Territory or other Northern Territory Government agencies, either as an individual applicant or in association with any company or entity, including in relation to acquittals of previous grants.  This requirement extends to the key creative team members included in the application
  • always act 'in good faith in their dealings with Screen Territory
  • have the capacity and resources to carry out the project that is the subject of the application
  • have the right to carry out the project that is the subject of the application (including any relevant copyright or clearances)
  • demonstrate that their application is consistent with the purpose of the program applied to, and meets the program's guidelines
  • not be a broadcaster, employee of a broadcaster or a company owned or controlled by a broadcaster (‘broadcaster’ means a company providing television broadcasting services in Australia, including subscription television services, under the Broadcasting Services Act1992 (Cth))
  • not be an employee of the Northern Territory Government where there is a conflict of interest
  • not be a student at a film school or similar tertiary film, television or interactive digital media course.

Applicants who have an outstanding acquittal report and/or deliverable(s) or have not fulfilled their contractual obligations relating to prior Screen Territory funding are not eligible to apply unless an alternative arrangement is agreed with Screen Territory prior to application.  Please contact Screen Territory directly for advice about your specific situation.

Screen Territory does not fund retrospectively.


  • A Northern Territory Resident is defined as a person who is domiciled in the Northern Territory, and who has actually been in the Northern Territory during more than one half of the year immediately preceding the application, and is registered on the Northern Territory electoral role.

    Exemptions may apply where an individual can demonstrate a strong Northern Territory background and/or ongoing relationship to the Northern Territory.

  • A Northern Territory Company must be registered under the Corporations Act and have:

    • its principal place of business in Northern Territory; and
    • at least 50% beneficial ownership by a Northern Territory resident(s).

    Exemptions may apply where the company can demonstrate a strong track record and commitment to the Northern Territory industry over a minimum two-year period. Screen Territory also reserves the right to make further exemptions in cases where there are exceptional benefits for the local industry.

  • A genuine co-production relationship with a Northern Territory company must be evidenced by both co-producers sharing creative involvement, copyright and profit entitlements on a pro rata basis and sharing credit entitlements by way of a shared card. Variations may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

  • Screen Territory acts in the public interest and must exhibit the highest levels of propriety in its dealings with applicants. Screen Territory requires applicants to act in the same way in their dealings with Screen Territory. Applicants must be open and honest in all dealings with Screen Territory, and comply with requests to provide information in relation to their applications. They must not mislead or deceive Screen Territory by any act or omission.

    Screen Territory also expects all successful applicants to act fairly and reasonably to all third parties involved in their project.

    Fairness and reasonableness includes:

    • paying at least the award minimum rates or, where applicable, any minimum agreed between the relevant guilds, for all work performed by third parties on their project, including key creative team members, cast and crew; and
    • respecting the rights of all relevant persons, whether those rights are copyright or other intellectual property rights, moral rights or Indigenous rights.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Commercial/corporate videos and advertisements; sport, current affairs or news; educational programs; infotainment, lifestyle, travel, 'how to' or other magazine-style programs
  • Purchase of capital works or equipment
  • Publication costs of journals, books or magazines.