Revelation Perth International Film Festival and Screenwest have launched an award commemorating the late producer Brian Beaton, to be awarded annually to a Western Australian filmmaker who has a social impact project in need of further support.
Together with business partner Celia Tait, Beaton created production company Artemis in 2000, and they produced projects such as seven seasons of Who Do You Think You Are?, Saving Andrew Mallard, Shaun Micallef’s Stairway to Heaven, The Dreamhouse and Desperately Seeking Sheila.
Beaton also contributed to the industry via advocacy/professional work with Screen Producers Australia, Screenwest and the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC).
The Brian Beaton Award is open to current WA residents who have a factual project in active development, or that has been produced for broadcast, theatrical or online distribution, including VR and interactive projects. Support is available for development and production, or an outreach campaign to enhance social impact.
This year, the total grant available will be up to $12,250, combining contributions from Screenwest, the annual AIDC Stanley Hawes Award (of which Beaton was the posthumous recipient in 2017) and private donations. The successful recipient will also have access to tailored mentoring from up to three leading WA industry professionals.
The recipient will be announced July 18 at the 2018 Screenwest Industry Celebration, part of Revelation Perth International Film Festival.