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Charnwood. This grant enabled motorcycle riders to pursue their activities through recreational licences. A Koori art project enabled young indigenous kids with substance abuse issues to work creatively through art. A young people’s landcare group will work with existing landcare groups to introduce young people to issues around sustainability and conservation. A business skills program for year 10 students through Stromlo High was recognised. Some musical interests were catered for, with the battle of the bands, supported through grants. Fusion promises to break down barriers in different music styles. There was a whole range of really good programs.

We got a lot of interest in the grants this year—more than we could fund. But I would urge those people who might not have gained a grant this year to continue their work and apply for the grants in the next round this year.

Film industry
Ambassador of Argentina

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (6.25): I would like to touch on two matters today relating to two quite different themes.

The first relates to the frustration and barriers makers of short films face when in the field producing films in the ACT. My office recently arranged a meeting with an active but frustrated individual involved in the production of short films who was a recipient of four of the 10 awards in the recent lights, camera, action awards. Arising from those discussions, there were two main challenges in the short film industry identified in the ACT.

The first relates to obtaining equipment for professional production, particularly cameras, microphones and the like, which are expensive items for young, emerging filmmakers. And the second issue was obtaining an appropriate cast and crew for films, that is, obtaining actors who are available and fit to play the roles, and obtaining a complete production crew who are available and have the relevant experience.

Whilst the first challenge is something that most film industries are confronted with, especially the short film industry, the second challenge is something that the ACT, in particular, is faced with. Lack of funding is the primary factor that prohibits the ACT short filmmakers from being able to tackle the problem. And we are exploring avenues where we might be able to guide them in that respect.

Presently, groups involved in this small industry are working on the preliminary stages of an initiative to overcome the second challenge of obtaining an experienced production crew. A gap has been identified in the market, allowing for the formation of an ACT actors film guild. This would involve, essentially, local actors and film crew who could register their details so that film groups would have greater access to people who were willing to assist in films. And there is potential for this group to expand to include the music industry, where local bands and groups can supply demonstration work for use in film soundtracks.

The action, light, sound presentation at the National Museum of Australia some weeks ago was a spectacular evening. I know Mr Gentleman was in attendance, representing the

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