Film Victoria invests $3 million in 18 projects

18 May, 2012 by IF

Press release from Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business

Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher today announced more than $3 million in funding to support the local production of feature films, documentaries and television shows through Film Victoria.


Ms Asher said the Victorian Coalition Government was committed to supporting Victorian film and television projects with the potential to attract audiences through their originality and quality.

“Assisting film and television companies through the Production Investment program and the Production Investment Attraction Fund not only helps to support employment of cast and crew on the projects, the benefits also flow on to our local post-production facilities and small businesses,” Ms Asher said.

Estimates from the producers of the 18 projects approved for funding indicate they expect the projects to create approximately 2,670 jobs in Victoria.

“The total expenditure and the resulting employment represent a good return on investment for the Victorian economy,” Ms Asher said.

“Since December 2010, Film Victoria has supported 63 film and television projects which are estimated to bring around $240 million in production expenditure to Victoria.”

Projects receiving Production Investment funding announced today are:

Children’s TV
Get Ace Ch 10 (Galaxy Pop) Animation
The Lost Boys ABC 3 (Matchbox Pictures) Live action

Other TV
Mr & Mrs Murder Ch 10 (Fremantle Media) Comedy/Drama
Upper Middle Bogan ABC (Gristmill) Comedy
House Husbands Ch 9 (Playmaker) Drama
Time of our Lives ABC (JAHM Pictures) Drama

Feature films
Galore (Film Camp)
The Mule (The Mule Development Productions)
The Turning (Arenamedia)

Anatomy (Series 4) ABC (Matchbox Pictures)
Fallout ABC (Rough Trade Pictures)
George Rrurrambu ABC (Night Sky Films)
Grey Man ABC (Abracadabra Films)
Licence to Kill ABC (DD & B Productions)
Possum Wars ABC (360 Degree Films)

“Ultimately the Production Investment funding assistance supports the creation of Australian stories on screen for both local and international audiences,” Ms Asher said.

Ms Asher also announced today that additional post production and visual effects work had been secured for Victoria through Film Victoria’s Production Investment Attraction Fund.

The three international projects receiving PIAF funding are: James Cameron’s Deep Sea Challenge, the National Geographic and iMax 3D feature documentary on his under-sea descent into the Mariana Trench; The Sony Will Smith science-fiction star vehicle, After Earth; and Emperor which will also use Victorian facilities for post-production special effects.

Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi said the spread of projects reflected the vibrancy of film and TV production currently on the slate in Victoria.

“Funding from this round is also supporting the move of both early and mid-career talents into producing and directing on major productions which consolidates the ongoing benefit and impact of investing in production activity in Victoria,” Ms Tosi said.