Screen Australia Announces Over $2.3 Million to be Invested in 20 Film and Special Event Festivals

( December 8, 2010

Screen Australia Announces Over $2.3 Million to be Invested in 20 Film and Special Event Festivals

Screen Australia Announces Over $2.3 Million to be Invested in 20 Film and Special Event Festivals

Screen Australia will invest over $2.3 million in 20 festivals and events over the next three years. Triennial funding was announced today for 12 diverse recipients of its Australian Festivals, Special Events and Conferences program.

The successful applicants are:
Flickerfest Film Festival
Flickerfest Tour
Little Big Shots Film Festival and Tour
Melbourne Cinémathèque
Melbourne International Animation Festival
Australian International Animation Festival
Popcorn Taxi (one year)
St Kilda Film Festival
Access All Areas Film Festival
The Other Film Festival and Tour

Screen Australia also supports seven capital city events: the Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival, the Brisbane International Film Festival, the Canberra International Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, the Revelation Perth International Film Festival, the Sydney Film Festival and the Sydney Travelling Film Festival. The Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival and Tour are also supported. The Northern Territory Film Office and Screen Tasmania have been provided with funding to develop regional festival strategies.

“A strong and vibrant screen culture is a key focus for Screen Australia,” said Kathleen Drumm, Screen Australia’s Head of Marketing. “Our Festivals and Events program provides communities across Australia with opportunities to access a diverse range of quality Australian screen content.”

“While Screen Australia continues to have a declining appropriation, we remain committed to a significant investment in screen culture,” said Ms Drumm. “The festivals and events supported in this program reach annual audiences of nearly 750,000 nationally and this triennial investment will provide certainty for their future.”

Experimenta will tour an exhibition of Australian creative digital content.

Flickerfest Film Festival in Bondi features the best of Australian and international shorts. The festival includes two Academy Award® accredited prizes.

The Flickerfest Tour screens at 29 venues across regional Australia, expanding to 36 by 2013.

The Little Big Shots Film Festival and Tour is a dedicated children’s film festival taking the best of Australian and international children’s films to 20 venues across Australia. The festival includes Australian and international shorts and documentaries.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque have received support for a weekly screening program to be held at ACMI of quality diverse films that in most cases cannot be accessed on different formats, screening them as the filmmakers intended. The Cinémathèque also has a touring program.

The Melbourne International Animation Festival is one of the largest animation film festivals in the world. Following Melbourne, the Australian International Animation Festival will present a regional tour launched in Wagga Wagga.

Popcorn Taxi, a regular ongoing series of film events with invited speakers will receive funding for one year. Popcorn Taxi supports local films showcasing a range of established and emerging talent across various film crafts.

The six-day St Kilda Film Festival will receive support to continue its showcase of Australian short films in competition. The festival has enabled the screening of around 2,000 short films in Australia.

Tropfest is a popular thematic Australian short film competition that culminates in the screening of the finalists in Sydney and is beamed via satellite to outdoor venues around the country. The films are also broadcast on the Movie Extra Channel.

The Access All Areas Film Festival is a program of 10 Australian shorts and features screened at wheelchair accessible venues that are audio-described for the visually impaired, and open captioned for the hearing impaired. The festival will tour to venues in regional New South Wales, with plans to expand its reach interstate and through a school education program.

The Other Film Festival and Tour, based in Melbourne, will present a five-day program of Australian and international cinema with and about people with a disability.

The Australian Festivals, Special Events and Conferences program is administered by Screen Australia’s Marketing Department. While there was merit in all applications, the amount requested was 40 per cent more than available resources, and therefore the funding round was very competitive.

Screen Australia’s Marketing Department also supports Australian screen culture through contributions to both the AFI and IF Awards, industry conferences and pitching forums as well as low-budget and digital works via its Innovative Distribution program.

Other Screen Australia programs supporting screen culture include the State and Industry Partnership program, which provides funding for guild conferences, and the Research and Publication program, which supports building audiences for contemporary Australian screen content.

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