Page 863 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 9 March 2016

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MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Burch.

MS BURCH: Can the minister talk about the assistance that is provided to local film industry and filmmakers?

MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call the minister, I seek some clarification. Does assistance to the film industry come under the arts grants process, because we have been talking about assistance to artists?

Dr Bourke: Yes.

MADAM SPEAKER: Okay. I call the minister for the arts, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: The main assistance provided to local film makers is through ScreenACT. ScreenACT is the ACT office for film, television and digital media and is administered by the ACT Screen Industry Association. It plays a key role in supporting and developing local screen practitioners and the industry. artsACT provides core program funding of $82,500 per year, and the innovation, trade and investment branch of economic development provides core funding of $250,000 per year.

artsACT also provides ScreenACT with $100,000 to administer the 2016 ACT screen arts fund on behalf of artsACT, and this fund supports a range of screen projects, including short films, documentaries and script development for feature films and television series.

The innovation, trade and investment branch also provides funding of $400,000 for the screen production fund. This co-funds the production of high quality feature films, television series and other screen projects from ACT or interstate practitioners undertaken in the ACT. These projects have significant Canberra elements and benefits and are capable of reaching local and international audiences and delivering commercial success.

A recent highlight was where ScreenACT secured the filming of the ABC production The Code in the ACT. This placed Canberra on the national and international map as an ideal location for film production given its ease of access, abundant light and modern architecture, which were all gloriously captured in the television series.

The ACT government also supports a range of film events and festivals in the ACT. The Canberra International Film Festival includes screening of local films and workshops and forums for local filmmakers. Lights! Canberra! Action! Is a Canberra-based filmmakers’ competition which asks budding film makers to write, shoot, edit and produce a film across 10 days using 10 mystery articles. (Time expired.)

Mr Barr: Madam Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

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