The 2020 Screenrights Cultural Fund is now open for applications. The Fund makes a difference by supporting exciting and innovative initiatives that foster the creation and appreciation of screen content in Australia and New Zealand.
Established in 2018, the fund is now in its third year and supported a variety of projects over its first two years. The 2020 focus has now been announced as New Voices.
In 2019 four recipients received funding. $50,000 went to: Light Sound Art Film, to support The Staging Post Education Project, a schools workshop program, website, and social media program that builds on 2017’s The Staging Post documentary to facilitate understanding and dialogue between Australian students and refugees living in transit in Indonesia; Documentary Australia Foundation for DocAccess, an online, interactive portal providing educational resources to filmmakers, communities and individuals to create social impact and change; and New Zealand group Maoriland Charitable Trust, to support Through Our Lens, an indigenous youth peer-to-peer workshop initiative supporting collaboration and strong networks for youth Māori filmmakers and fostering future leaders and diverse screen voices.
$25,000 went to Film Outreach Australia for delivering strategies and tools to regional venues and presenters that will help them to develop new screen audiences for a diverse range of screening programs and film festivals.
In 2018 three recipients each received $50,000 in funding: Psykinetic, to support a new screen content delivery platform controlled by eyes, muscle and the mind created by Dr Jordan Nguyen; The Sharing Stories Foundation, to increase access for culturally significant Indigenous material in schools through an innovative app; and Brad Knewstubb for TOGETHER, a collaborative live experience platform set inside a geodesic dome to tour schools across New Zealand with interactive film-based educational content.