Australia: Big pix lured by incentives, facilities

PRODUCTION INCENTIVES:

Federal 12.5% refundable tax offset pays a rebate on production costs on all goods and services including cast and crew wages in Australia. Productions must have a budget of over A$15 million ($11 million). For productions with budgets between $11 million-$38 million, 70% of the expenditure must be in Australia. For productions spending over $38 million in Australia, there is no percentage test.

Recent productions include “Superman Returns” and “Charlotte’s Web.” See www.dcita.gov.au/filmtaxoffset

Co-production opportunities: The federal 12.5% rebate can be combined with various state incentives and used with Australia’s co-production program (Canada, the U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Israel, New Zealand, Italy, and, under construction, China). Recent productions include “Pobby and Dingan” and “Like Minds.” Ausfilm publishes a directory of potential co-production producers from Australia — available at www.ausfilm.com.au/childsplay/cgi-bin/show_page.pl/2/123.

Film Finance Corp. funds are open only to Australian productions only.

State incentives: Each of Australia’s seven states and territories offers incentives described in detail on Ausfilm’s Web site: www.ausfilm.com.au

KEY FACILITIES:

Central City Studios, Melbourne

Five stages boast silent air conditioning, support annexes with full facilities and attached production offices. Complex includes extensive warehouse and workshop areas.

Fox Studios Australia

Nestled in parklands 15 minutes from the city center on a 32-acre site, the studio features eight stages, production offices and workshops, alongside a creative community of over 60 independent businesses that provide everything to fully service productions from travel and freight, casting and accounting services to post-production and an orchestral recording stage.

Warner Roadshow Studios

Eight soundstages, water tanks and support facilities on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

www.movieworldstudios.com.au

Omnilab Group

One of Oz’s largest post-production companies with state-of-the-art facilities.

Animal Logic

Sydney-based company provides design, animation and visual effects; also has a production office in L.A. Credits include “House of Flaying Daggers.”

Rising Sun Pictures

Post house has offices in Adelaide and Sydney, and does visual effects exclusively for film. Credits include “Batman Begins,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Superman Returns.”

Cutting Edge

Specialists in all areas of post-production, including visual f/x and animation. Has facilities in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Recent credits include “Superman Returns.”

FILM COMMISSIONS/PROMO BOARDS:

Ausfilm, www.ausfilm.com.au

The Australian Film Commission, www.afc.gov.au

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