$8.5 M program that supports film, television, online and mobile phone projects that are production ready and can attract Australian and global audiences.
Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher today announced that the Victorian Coalition Government, through Film Victoria, has provided $3.2 million in Production Investment
funding for a total of eight screen projects.
The eight projects include adult and children’s content, Indigenous comedy and several feature films which in total will spend an estimated $30 million in Victoria.
Ms Asher said the first round of screen funding for the new financial year highlights the Coalition Government’s commitment to strengthening the local screen industry.
“Our support for local screen production brings significant economic benefits to the industry and the state, as well as many small businesses and, in this instance, regional communities,” Ms Asher said.
Since December 2010, our government has supported more than 120 film and television projects, which are expected to generate more than $500 million in production expenditure.
Ms Asher said championing local talent strengthens and protects our screen industry for the long term.
Film Victoria CEO, Jenni Tosi said the diversity in the scope of projects supported in this round of investment will provide employment for a range of creatives, cast and crew.
“We have many talented screen practitioners in this State and Film Victoria’s role is to assist them to bring their stories to the screen,” Ms Tosi said.
“Despite a highly competitve environment, Victorian companies continue to develop projects which stand out and attract audiences and marketplace support.
“This additional activity will be welcomed by the Victorian screen industry.
“We congratulate all funding recipients and wish them every success on the production of their projects.”
The Victorian Budget 2013-14 has an allocation of $8.5 million across four years to support the Victorian film, television, animation and games industry is a significant benefit to screen practitioners.
From an epic story of Australian frontier life along a secret river, to the history of neon lights and to the unique approach of a Warrnambool farmer to save a local penguin colony, Victoria’s screen industry is delivering six exciting new projects that celebrate the essence of Australia and are sure to entertain audiences of all ages.
Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher announced that the Victorian Coalition Government, through Film Victoria, is supporting the production of six screen projects – two for film and four for television.
Ms Asher said the projects have been awarded a total of $1.8 million through Film Victoria’s Production Investment program, which aims to support local filmmakers in maintaining Victoria’s reputation for screen excellence.
“These six new projects each show a ‘slice of Australian life’ – celebrating our cultural diversity, our history and recognising the importance of respecting and protecting our natural environment,” Ms Asher said.
“From another series of gorgeous long-form animation, The Adventures of Figaro Pho and much-loved comedy Upper Middle Bogan to an exciting adaptation of best-selling Australian novel, The Secret River, we’ll see significant activity in Victoria in the new year,” Ms Tosi said.
“We’re also investing in feature film Oddball, based on a true story and set in Warrnambool; and in two very different but equally compelling documentaries, Neon and Putuparri.
The six new projects being supported through Film Victoria’s Production Investment program are:
- A 13 part children’s television series, The Adventures of Figaro Pho – series two, which continues the journey of Figaro Pho and his trusty companion, Rivet, as they learn about life;
- The Secret River, also made for television, tells the story of William Thornhill, an English convict who in 1806 is sentenced to the colonies for life;
- The popular ABC TV series, Upper Middle Bogan, is back for series two with eight new hilarious episodes;
- Oddball, a family feature film based on a true Victorian story, to be filmed in Warrnambool. It centres on an eccentric chicken farmer who saves a colony of penguins by putting his sheepdog on their island;
- Ten years in the planning, Putuparri is a two-part, feature length television documentary about an Aboriginal man’s struggles to maintain his cultural heritage in a modern world; and,
- Neon is a feature documentary film that celebrates the colour and vibrant history of the neon sign in a world that will soon replace it with L.E.D. signage.
o Wentworth (Series Two) – Fremantle Media
Children’s television projects:
o The Adventures of Black Beauty (Series Five) – Avoca Media Holdings
o Wacky Racers – ActiveTV Pty Ltd
o Little Lunch – Gistmill Pty Ltd
o 8MMM Aboriginal Radio – Brindle Films Pty Ltd
o Sucker – Robyn Kershaw Productions & Jason Byrne Productions
o The Dressmaker – Film Art Media Pty Ltd
o Partisan – Warp Films Australia
Initial enquiries about the Production Investment program should be directed to [email protected] or please phone +61 03 9660 3200 to speak to Program Manager Franziska Wagenfeld or Jeni McMahon.
If you are interested in applying for Production Investment, please click on the guidelines above to check whether you’re eligible and fill out the materials listed on the Applying for funding page. Before submitting an application, you are strongly encouraged to discuss your application with one of the Program Managers.