Department of State Development

Creative industries are drivers of innovation and through collaboration, transform creativity into commercial outcomes.

South Australia has world-class creative industries. Our best-selling games, internationally recognised television and films, world-renowned festivals and performing arts, and lauded craft, design and fashion brands provide significant value to our state.

The creative industries create jobs and exports, attract investment, drive innovation, entertain audiences, boost tourism, enhance our wellbeing, and showcase our unique culture to the world.

South Australia’s creative industries are a broad ecosystem of sub-sectors linked by their ability to use design-thinking, or creativity, to develop and produce unique, innovative and highly sought-after intellectual property. They consist of 10 distinct but often intersecting sectors:

·                 Advertising and Communications Design

·                 Broadcasting: TV, Radio and Podcasts

·                 Design: Architectural, Industrial, Urban, Landscape, Interior and Product

·                 Fashion

·                 Festivals (Creative and Cultural)

·                 Music

·                 Performing Arts

·                 Screen: Film & TV, Post-Production, Game Development

·                 Visual Arts and Craft

·                 Writing and Publishing

Growing our creative industries - Creative Industries Strategy

We want to make our state a place where creative businesses can thrive. South Australia’s long-celebrated creative sector has evolved to become a globally renowned collective of artists, innovators, producers and business leaders.

The Creative Industries Strategy, within Growth State, is an industry-led plan for how government and industry can work together to realise opportunities for growth over the next 10 years.

It is a vision to make South Australia home to a highly skilled and innovative creative ecosystem with an integrated strategy to power intellectual property creation, deliver an agile workforce, and position our world class creative sector to prosper in the global market.

Creative Industries Strategy (PDF)

Creative industries activity

South Australian Film Corporation

Established in 1972, the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) is South Australia’s leading screen authority and investment body, supporting the development, growth and promotion of the state’s screen production sector.

As the most experienced screen agency in Australia the SAFC focuses on supporting, positioning and championing South Australian screen businesses to achieve creative excellence and prosperity, contributing to a robust South Australian economy and creative vibrancy through production of a diverse slate of feature film, television and digital screen projects.

The SAFC administers a range of Production and Development funding for screen productions of all types, from TV series and feature films to short films, web series, video games and more.

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Adelaide Studios

The SAFC’s Adelaide Studios are purpose built, state-of-the-art screen production facilities offering a tailored and flexible response to local, interstate and international producers specialising in independent production.

Equipped with two sound stages, a Dolby Premier 7.1 mixing theatre, foley stage and edit suites, 100-seat screening theatre and virtual production capability, the studios have attracted many high profile projects since opening in 2011, including TV drama series StatelessPine Gap and Wanted S3 and feature films Mortal Kombat, 2067, The BabadookHotel MumbaiStorm Boy, and I Am Mother.

Located in Glenside, just five minutes from Adelaide’s CBD, the facilities also operate as an integrated creative hub for South Australia’s screen industry, with more than 25 local screen businesses from production companies to digital content studios and casting agents resident on site.

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Adelaide Film Festival

Twelve days of bold, inspiring and entertaining stories from Australia and the world. 

Presented biennially since 2003, Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) celebrates and explores Australian and international screen culture with a unique program of screenings, forums, special events and engagement opportunities. One of the boldest and most innovative film festivals in the country, AFF is renowned internationally as a platform for exciting new Australian talent, ranking in Variety’s list of “50 Unmissable Film Festivals”.

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Mercury CX

Mercury CX (formerly Media Resource Centre) is a national centre of excellence dedicated to screen talent and story development based in Adelaide.

MCX is a non-profit organisation that supports members and industry practitioners to develop, advance and professionalise their careers in the screen industry, and is funded by the SAFC to provide support to the emerging screen sector.

It is home to the national Screenmakers Conference, South Australian Screen Awards, specialist labs, workshops and funding programs as well as a range of cinema programs in the boutique Mercury Cinema, in Adelaide’s CBD.

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Music Development Office

The Music Development Office (MDO) aims to support, strengthen and grow the local original contemporary music sector. It develops and delivers programs and initiatives that facilitate artistic and business development.

Photo credit: Dave Court

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Music SA

Music SA is a not-for-profit organisation promoting, supporting and developing contemporary music in South Australia. Core funded by the state government, it nurtures careers in the industry and delivers cultural and economic benefits to artists, businesses, visitors and global audiences.

Photo credit: Jack Chan

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The JamFactory is without parallel in Australia and is recognised globally as a centre for excellence. It provides emerging career artists with the skills, knowledge, experience and networks to become successful creative entrepreneurs. It helps build audiences, markets and income opportunities for professional artists and designers working in crafts-based media.

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St Paul’s Creative Centre

St Paul’s Creative Centre is a unique co-working and shared office space for those working in arts and creative industries, based in the heart of Adelaide.

Featuring open-plan working areas, Gig City high speed internet, creative spaces, training rooms, private meeting rooms, and a stunning function space under the lofty church rafters, St Paul’s is more than a building with a wow factor, it’s a creative community.

Whether you are a freelancer, a start-up or a small business team, St Paul’s is a flexible space designed to adapt to your business and creative needs.

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