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The NFSA’s Zero Fee Licence offers Australian independent documentary makers up to three minutes of footage from the Film Australia Collection for a no-fee All Rights, All Media, World, In Perpetuity licence.
A documentary is a program that is 'a creative treatment of actuality other than a news, current affairs, sports coverage, magazine, infotainment or light entertainment program' (Australian Content Standard, Australian Communications and Media Authority, 24 May 2016).
The Zero Fee Licence initiative is intended for Australian independent documentary makers only and they must fulfil three of the following criteria:
Access to the Zero Fee Licence (ZFL) is contingent on:
NFSA Collection Reference staff research and handling fees are charged at $275 (incl. GST) per hour (minimum one hour).
Client viewing-room facilities are charged at $275 (incl. GST) per day, in addition to any applicable research and handling charges.
Footage in excess of three minutes will be charged at the standard Collection Reference rates.
An Acesss Fee (50% of Collection Reference Commercial Licence Fee) is charged for the use of non-NFSA owned footage.
Up to three minutes of footage from the NFSA’s Film Australia Collection (FAC) may be used per one-hour documentary without a licence fee being charged. This allowance is scaled according to the licensee’s production duration.
No more than 20% of the duration of any one FAC title is available for the ZFL.
On completion of the production, master material provided by the NFSA must be erased and a low resolution copy of the completed production supplied to the NFSA.
The applicant is liable for any damage or loss incurred to the NFSA footage whilst in their possession.
The successful applicant enters into a contractually binding licence agreement with the NFSA.
The NFSA licence agreement covers All Rights, All Media, Worldwide, In Perpetuity.
Footage 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.
Documentary productions made primarily for a website are required to watermark all footage with the NFSA logo.
NFSA Collection Reference 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 selection.
The NFSA requires an on-screen acknowledgement 'Footage supplied by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Film Australia Collection' or as otherwise agreed.
The NFSA retains the right in in its absolute discretion to refuse any Zero Fee Licence application.
Complete the application form:
Zero Licence Fee application form (Word doc)
For enquiries, email faclibrary [at] nfsa.gov.au.