By staff reporters
Film Victoria has invested more than $900,000 across 12 digital media projects, boosting the state agency’s total digital media commitments to more than $1.3 million for the last financial year.
Film Victoria chief executive Sandra Sdraulig said the agency received a 45 per cent increase in digital media funding applications in 2009-10.
"In 2009, the number of Australians playing games overtook those attending the cinema, which illustrates just how fast this sector is growing," she said in a statement.
Film Victoria supported a total of 32 digital media projects in 2009-10 with a total commitment of more than $1.3 million.
Sdraulig also said three of the top ten iPhone games of 2009 were developed in Melbourne: The Sims 3, Flight Control and Need For Speed.
The digital media projects backed in the latest round of Film Victoria funding were:
Downloadable Games Initiative
• ELECTROIDS, Scott Ashton – Xbox Live Arcade/PC
• PLAY-BIT HEROES, Christopher Watts -Facebook
Digital Media Prototyping
• DESURA, DesuraNet – Online
• LIVE, Pure Pictures – Online
• NAWLZ, Stuart Campbell – iPad
• MY FARM, Tantalus Media – Playstation Wii/Nintendo DS
• KART WORLD, Twiitch – Facebook
Production Investment for Games
• AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL, Trickstar Games – Online
Digital Media Scoping
• FIGARO PHO, Chocolate Liberation Front
• B TO C, Robyn Kershaw Productions
Cross Platform Development
• KANGAROO MOB, 360 Degree Films
• WEIRD AND WONDERFUL – THE RISE AND FIGHT OF THE DISABILITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT, Fertile Films