Written by Erin Swanson, Supervisor in Audit – PKF Gold Coast
PKF Gold Coast is actively engaged in assisting producers and other professionals in the film and television industry with their reporting and compliance obligations as well as assisting clients to meet the various demands from investors, lenders and regulatory agencies, including obtaining various state and federal government grants and rebates. PKF also works closely with other professionals in the industry, such as lawyers and financiers, taking a holistic view of our service offering.
PKF’s experience ranges from small to large productions, including global blockbusters produced by major international production companies. PKF has proven experience regarding compliance requirements associated with the numerous grants and rebates; preparing applications to the different reporting bodies; navigating the various and complex guidelines and working with industry specialists and regulatory authorities. We work closely with our clients and can provide a helping hand in areas including understanding and assessing your eligibility for relevant grants or rebates and having your film ready for submission for the relevant grants and rebates applicable.
The guidelines which govern these grants and rebates can at times leave room for interpretation. Our team has extensive knowledge and the local experience needed to navigate through these issues and provide you with the best possible service and advice. We have strong relations with local state and federal contacts to help facilitate the interpretation of the grey areas of the guidelines.
Our team is highly experienced in all areas relating to the complex myriad of regulations and guidelines and can help explain what they mean in plain English. These include The Screen Australian Producer Offset Rebate, Department of Communications and the Arts Location Offset, Department of Communications and the Arts PDV Offset, various state rebates specifically those provided by Screen Queensland, Screen New South Wales, Film Victoria, Screen West and South Australia Film rebates and Government Grants. We can also provide advice on structuring the various agreements, such as production investment and services agreements, corporation regulations from ASIC, and other mattes such as corporate tax, FBT, PAYG, GST, etc.
Our team is versatile in our film audit engagements and look forward to working closely alongside you and your team during your film production.