Queensland is the film-friendly, production paradise of Australia

Queensland is known for its experienced crews, ideal climate, stunning and diverse locations, attractive financial incentives, established studios, and respected post-production and visual effects facilities. 

Filming in Queensland is growing in popularity, driven by more big-budget international and Australian films. Queensland is globally known as Australia’s blockbuster location when it comes to film production. In recent years, major international production companies including MGM, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Group, Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, and Netflix have all produced major features in Queensland.  

Queensland has a proven track record of attracting interstate and international productions from such companies as MGM, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal Studio Group, Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, and Netflix, as well as a proud tradition of local productions. 

Why film in Queensland?

Queensland offers a myriad of conveniently located urban, rural and natural landscapes and is home to 9 out of the 13 global climate zones. Expansive white and golden sandy beaches, tropical coastlines, breezy seaside towns and palm tree-lined urban beaches can transport audiences to Hawaii, Florida, South-East Asia and The Caribbean, to name just a few.

Learn more about Queensland’s diverse locations for filming.

Queensland is already home to two world-class studio complexes – Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast and Screen Queensland Studios in Brisbane. Both studios are in close proximity to major transport networks, including international and domestic airports. Planning is currently underway for a further studio facility in Cairns, in Far North Queensland.

Queensland has a range of land options for production facilities near major cities. When compared to other locations on the east coast of Australia, land near to Brisbane and the Gold Coast is competitively priced and offers easy access to renowned entertainment precincts and an existing local crew base.

Queensland offers an exciting blend of cosmopolitan city living and a relaxed outdoor lifestyle. A warm subtropical environment, safe multicultural communities, a strong and stable economy, internationally renowned schools and universities, and focus on outdoor living makes Queensland a fantastic place for cast and crew to live. With the population growing faster than every other state in Australia and capital city Brisbane set to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Queensland has entered an exciting decade of growth and opportunity.

Queensland’s strong track record of big-budget international productions, as well as high-end local productions means it is home to one of Australia’s most skilled and experienced local crew bases. More than 1,800 skilled crew are located in the Brisbane and Gold Coast regions alone.  

" Queensland really is world-class on every level of where you would want to make a film… It has the availability of equipment, the crew base, the talent, and the weather which is amazing. There can’t be a better place to make a film. "

Rob Cowan, Aquaman producer


Incentives

Competitive government incentives and rebates are on offer for international and national screen projects in Queensland, including:  

  • State Payroll Tax Rebate (uncapped)  

  • Regional Incentive – aims to support the growth of the screen industry in regional Queensland 

  • Production Attraction Incentive – aims to attract ‘footloose’* and fully financed screen projects to undertake production in Queensland   

  • Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Incentive. As the most competitive on the East Coast of Australia, the 15 per cent PDV Incentive aims to attract film and television projects to choose post-production companies in Queenslan

  • Digital Games Incentive, Games Grants, and Market funding program for gaming companies  


Visit Screen Queensland’s website to learn more about the programs and incentives on offer.  

* A project is considered footloose if there is evidence of genuine interstate or international PDV destination alternatives. 

Choose to film in Queensland

Queensland is globally known as Australia’s blockbuster location when it comes to film production. In recent years, major international production companies including MGM, Warner Bros., Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios Group, Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios, and Netflix have all produced major features in Queensland. 

Screen Queensland announces new grants fund for local games sector

The Queensland Government through Screen Queensland announced the local games sector will receive another major boost with the launch of its new Game Grants Program.   

Pictured: Witch Beam’s Tim Dawson and Wren Brier accepting BAFTA Games Award for Unpacking
Photo by: Hannah Taylor courtesy of BAFTA



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