What is Take Three?
Who can apply?
Who cannot apply?
Terms and conditions
Apply now


What is take Three?

The NFSA’s Take Three initiative offers Australian tertiary students and emerging Australian artists and filmmakers up to three minutes (180 seconds) of NFSA 100%-owned footage and/or audio and up to ten stills with no licence fee.

NFSA content may be used for any artistic work including:

  • film and documentaries;
  • live productions such as dance, cabaret, theatre and opera;
  • visual arts and public art works;
  • music and sound productions;
  • research;
  • lectures and presentations.


Who can apply?

Australian students enrolled and studying at an Australian tertiary education institution who are producing an artistic work as part of their coursework for educational, non-commercial use only;


emerging filmmakers/artists with no more than two short film or webisode credits and without income for this project from either:

  • Australian pay or free-to-air television presales; or
  • government funding, including from federal or state funding agencies; or
  • crowd sourcing; or
  • other private or non–government funding sources.


Who cannot apply?

  • Filmmakers and artists who have received income for this project from government funding, including from federal or state arts agencies, crowd sourcing or other private or non-government funding sources;
  • film, television or website producers with more than two production credits;
  • corporate video producers;
  • advertising agencies;
  • broadcasters;
  • news and current affairs producers;
  • cultural and educational institutions.

Terms and conditions

1. Applicants must supply:

  • completed application form with synopsis of project;
  • proof of eligibility (current student card from Australian tertiary education institution and filmmaker/artist CV).


2. All research, preview materials transfer, handling and freight costs will be charged at NFSA Collection Reference rates.
3. An Access Fee (50% of Premium licence fee) is charged for the use of non-NFSA owned footage and stills.
4. Licence fees for material additional to the three minutes and ten stills may be negotiated and will be charged at standard NFSA rates.


5. The successful applicant enters into a contractually binding licence agreement with the NFSA.
6. The NFSA licence agreement covers All Rights, All Media / Worldwide / In Perpetuity.
7. NFSA 100%-owned material is licensed on a non-exclusive basis, for one use in one production as specified in the licence agreement. Uses outside those expressed in the licence agreement require the permission of the NFSA.
8. Productions made primarily for a website will be granted full online rights but will be required to watermark all footage and stills with the NFSA logo.
9. NFSA staff will advise of any restrictions that may apply (for example, relating to copyright, talent, location, Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property rights) at the time of footage and/or stills selection.

Crediting the NFSA

10. The NFSA requires a credit stating ‘Archive material supplied by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’ or as otherwise agreed.
11. The credit must appear:

films and documentaries – in the end credits;

online use – on the page with the watermarked footage or images and a link to the NFSA website;

theatre, sound, live productions and artistic works – in any brochures, flyers or material describing or promoting the works.

Use of NFSA materials

12. On completion of the production, master material provided by the NFSA must be erased.
13. The filmmaker or artist is liable for any damage or loss incurred to NFSA material whilst in their possession.
14. A DVD copy or digital file of the completed production or work must be supplied to the NFSA.

Right of refusal

15. The NFSA retains the right in its absolute discretion to refuse any applications for the Take Three licence agreement.


Apply now

Complete the application form:

Download: Take Three application form (Word doc)

Download: Take Three application form (PDF)

For enquiries, email access [at] nfsa.gov.au.