Press release from Screen Queensland
New screen support programs will give the Queensland film industry greater flexibility and opportunity, Premier and Minister for the Arts Anna Bligh announced today.
“These new programs, created by Screen Queensland after an in-depth consultation process, represent the views, objectives and expectations of the industry,” the Premier said.
“The programs represent a $6 million investment in the Queensland screen industry by my Government and include opportunities for production, professional development, marketing financial support and networking.
“New program the Writers’ Room will provide financial and professional support to writers to help projects reach a market-ready stage.
“The development attachment program will give Queenslanders the chance to be involved in development projects helping them gain hands-on experience and industry credits.
Ms Bligh said consultation was beneficial, enabling Screen Queensland to better connect with the industry.
“Consultation included feedback from the industry via written submissions, fact-to-face meetings and an industry forum,” Ms Bligh said.
“The Queensland film industry is evolving and growing with $57 million in expenditure last financial year; and it was a priority that the new funding programs be designed to be flexible to support this growth and the next challenges.
Screen Queensland CEO Maureen Barron congratulated the industry for its input and confirmed consultation would continue to ensure a smooth transition for the introduction of the new programs.
“The new programs reflect an open and consultative approach by Screen Queensland. It was encouraging to receive so much feedback and hear people’s ideas,” Ms Barron said.
“I look forward to keeping the lines of dialogue open with an annual review and a mechanism to get feedback on the effectiveness of the programs.
“We are committed to communicating with the industry and ensuring we remain responsive to their needs.”
Applications for the new programs are now open. See the Screen Queensland Website www.screenqueensland.com.au for more information.