Metro Screen is open for business as usual in 2015 and we’re looking at an energetic year ahead.
Since we last updated you on Metro Screen’s future, we have been busy investigating long-term solutions to not only keep the doors open but also to do what we do even better.
As you may be aware, in July last year we, along with all other interstate screen resource organisations, were informed our Screen Australia core funding would cease at the end of 2015. Again, thanks to everyone who attended our Public Forum last September. We received an overwhelming mandate that the work we do is important, valued and required for the emerging screen community.
Everything is in place for business as usual when it comes to our flagship programs and opportunities – please come talk to us about how we can help you with our production funding programs, networking events, courses, studio and equipment access.
We are also very busy talking to both new and existing partners about new projects, and we’ll tell you more as potential projects firm up.
We have formed an Emerging Screen Working Party to advise on the broader issue of talent regeneration in the screen industry. Working Party members include Matt Hancock (SPA), Kingston Anderson (ADG), Liz Watts (Porchlight), Martha Coleman (Goalpost), Jarod Green (online producer), Alex White (emerging producer) and Kath Shelper (Scarlett Pictures and Metro Screen President).
As a first step, the Working Party has commissioned a research paper to define the emerging sector and explore a number of related issues including education, employment, production activity, private and public investment, critical success factors, barriers, skills gaps, etc. We believe the research will be invaluable in linking the importance of the emerging sector to the overall health of the industry, and to give Metro Screen a strong foundation for our future work.
Craig Rossiter is leading the research project. Craig’s experience spans a variety of research and analysis roles including at Screen Australia and the AFC. The final research report, due in May, will trigger a second stage project where we will focus on leveraging the research to inform Metro Screen’s directions and our 2016 program.
Last year’s public forum confirmed that Metro Screen is about community and we very much rely on your support. To help maintain the connection we recently launched The Metro Screeners – our LinkedIn page that connects current and past Metro Screen students, tutors, board and staff. We’d love to draw on The Metro Screeners to help with future activities, but our main intention is to strengthen our core community, so if you fit the bill please join.
Even though federal funding for talent regeneration has been heavily cut, the emerging sector is very much alive and essential to the industry’s future. Metro Screen has been working with emerging practitioners for almost 35 years and we plan to be around, with your support, for many years to come.