The NSW Government will invest more than $1.2 million in 19 new film, TV and online productions including the feature version of successful TV series Dance Academy.
Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said the funding will support experienced and emerging NSW filmmakers, creating more than 2,300 new industry jobs.
“Our Government is proud to support this diverse range of high quality productions to be filmed across our state, providing highly skilled jobs and investment in local economies,” Mr Grant said.
Funding from the Screen NSW Production Finance program and Regional Filmmaking Fund will generate $32.2 million in direct production expenditure.
Feature film Dance Academy The Comeback will be filmed in Sydney. The Living Universe, another feature, will be filmed in Parkes. Documentary, The Shadowland, will be made in northern NSW. And another documentary, Missing, will be substantially filmed in Western Sydney.
Three innovative productions will also be funded: a game called Objects in Space and an online series Starting From…Now and Let’s Talk About.
Three emerging filmmaker teams will be funded $30,000 each to produce short films under the Screen NSW Emerging Filmmaker Fund (EFF) program, which was in partnership with Metro Screen.
“I have heard firsthand from the 2014 recipients what a difference this program makes to our up and coming talent, and I’m thrilled for the next round to produce and develop their work for the community to enjoy,” Mr Grant said.
Metro Screen’s CEO Christina Alvarez said the EFF, as the flagship program for aspiring screen practitioners, is in strong demand.
“These three selected filmmaking teams are to be congratulated for the originality and creativity of their short film visions,” Ms Alvarez said.
The NSW Government will continue to offer the Emerging Filmmakers Fund. Information about the 2016/17 round will be made available on the Screen NSW website in early 2016.
For more information visit: http://www.screen.nsw.gov.au/