Screen Australia has chipped in $200,000 to lift this year’s HIVE Production Fund to $800,000.

The funding announcement – which adds to equal installments by the Adelaide Film Festival, the Australia Council for the Arts, and ABC Television – was made last night by South Australian Minister for the Arts, John Hill, at the Melbourne Festival. Screen Australia previously supported the initiaitive through development funding for script workshops.

The HIVE Production Fund was inspired by the HIVE Lab, which brings filmmakers and artists together in a creative environment. The artists at this year’s lab include Bill Henson, Dr Brenda Croft, Eddie Perfect, Sam Haren, Daniel Koerner, Rachael Swain, Cat Jones, Lally Katz and Sean Riley; filmmakers Samantha Lang, Sophie Raymond, Sascha Ettinger Epstein, Paola Morabito, Nassiem Valamanesh, Eddie White, Natasha Pincus and Lucinda Clutterbuck; and artist and filmmaker John Gillies.

Last year’s inaugural $600,000 HIVE Production Fund supported three projects which will premiere at the 2013 Adelaide Film Festival and then air on ABC1:

  • Tender, a documentary from director Lynette Wallworth (visual artist) and producer Kath Shelper (Samson and Delilah);
  • I Want to Dance Better at Parties, from creative director Gideon Obazarnek (ex Chunky Move artistic director) and director Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man);
  • The Boy Castaways, a rock musical dramatic feature film from director Michael Kantor (Ex Malthouse Theatre artistic director), producer Jo Dyer (Lucky Miles and Sydney Theatre Company EP), producer Stephen Armstrong (Ex Malthouse EP) and executive producer Robert Connolly (Underground: The Julian Assange Story).

More details about applications, which open in early-2013, will be released via the Adelaide Film Festival e-news and Hive Facebook page.

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