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The production of Australian animated feature films increased significantly in 2008/09 and 2009/10, with half of all Australian animated feature films since 1990/91 having been completed or commenced production during 2008/09 and 2009/10, including the high-budget Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and Happy Feet Two.

The first animated features made as official co-productions were also produced around the same time – $9.99 (with Israel in 2006/07) and Santa’s Apprentice (with France in 2009/10).

Maya the Bee: The Honey Games, an official co-production with Germany and the follow up to 2014’s Maya the Bee Movie was the only animated feature to begin production in 2016/17.


The decade 2000/01 to 2009/10 saw a 73 per cent increase over the previous decade in the number of animated TV drama titles produced, rising from 40 to 69. The number of broadcast hours rose by 95 per cent, from 351 to 684, and the average budget almost doubled, from $23 million to $44 million. The second half of the decade experienced the most notable growth, although production in 2009/10 dropped off sharply.

In 2016/17, total budgets and total hours were down by 6 per cent and 9 per cent respectively.

The documentary data in this section is based on a similar survey, but covers Australian productions (domestic and co-productions) only. It does not include productions made in Australia by foreign production companies, or foreign projects where an Australian production company is operating in a service capacity. Although programs made by New Zealand companies are counted as local by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for compliance with the Australian content quota, they are not included in Australian production figures. Inhouse production by free-to-air and subscription television broadcasters is included only where indicated.

Screen Australia’s definition of ‘documentary’ follows that used by ACMA, specifically ‘a program that is a creative treatment of actuality other than a news, current affairs, sports coverage, magazine, infotainment or light entertainment program, and corporate and/or training programs’. Screen Australia data covers documentaries intended for cinema and/or TV release. Non-broadcast documentaries are not included, nor are online documentaries.

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