South East Arts' Regional Screen Industry Strategy Further Developed with Screen NSW Funds02.11.2015
South East Arts Screen Industry Strategy has been further developed with $20,000 from Screen NSW to support screen industry development in the region. The funding is part of $160,000 in grants across 14 projects supporting the state’s screen industry.
Acting Chief Executive of Screen NSW, Grainne Brunsdon, said Screen NSW was strongly committed to developing the state’s screen industry through supporting the professional development of screen practitioners and providing audiences with new opportunities to engage with quality screen content.
SEA General Manager, Andrew Gray said the funding enabled the organisation to further implement the first year of its recently launched three-year regional screen industry strategy, developed with support of Screen NSW.
‘Our goal is to build the capacity of screen professionals within the region, which in turn puts the south east on the industry radar. We’ve already developed an active network of industry professionals, an online resources database and a series of professional development events,’ Andrew said.
‘We’d love to hear from people working in the screen industry, who are seeking professional development in the field or can provide a service to the industry within the region,’ Andrew said.
The first part of the strategy kicked off with a meeting of the SEA Screen Industry Network in Bega last Friday where members discussed career and film making in a regional context with Shirley Barrett, film director, screen writer and author. Shirley’s credits include Offspring, Love My Way, A Place to Call Home and Love Serenade.
A key element of the strategy is to bring film and television productions to the region.
Recently, a ‘screen locations’ workshop was held in Jindabyne to help local photographers understand the requirements for location scouting, and increase the presence of locations in the south east on Screen NSW’s Reel Scout website. A further workshop will be held in Bega on 19 November with professional locations manager Colin McDougall. Colin’s credits include Mad Max: Fury Road, The Code and Packed to the Rafters.
Screen NSW’s Matt Carroll said there were considerable benefits from location shooting of film, television and photographic productions in regional areas.
‘Last month an international fashion house used the high country around Thredbo as the location for its 2016 catalogue shoot. There is an immediate economic impact from this type of location work, bringing crews and talent to the region as well as using local resources. There is also the future tourism benefit, as a landscape becomes known and recognised worldwide,’ he said.
The committee consists of key players in the regional and national scene and includes Sydney Film Festival CEO Leigh Small, writer/director David Batty, filmmaker Lou Glover, producer Hiromi Matsuoko and cross-media specialist Bill Brown.
For more information on the SEA Screen Industry Strategy click here or contact SEA on 02 6492 0711.