Screen Queensland has announced a multi-strategy approach of more
than $3.3 million of reallocated funding, to sustain the state’s screen
industry through COVID-19.
Kylie Munnich, Screen Queensland CEO, said they were eager to
support the local screen community at this difficult time with investment
across five key areas to ensure the state’s industry could rebound quickly.
“We are investing in continuity for productions, creativity for
screen practitioners, skills for industry practitioners, business development
and resilience, as well screen culture activities,” Ms Munnich said.
“It’s vital that we focus on continuity and creativity now so we
can support the creation of local jobs for crew through existing productions
that can quickly ramp up again, as well as new projects that are poised to
commence filming as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
The Screen Queensland team is currently working with productions
forced into hiatus to ensure they are able to continue filming as soon as
possible and also launching the first tranche of new creative investment.
Ms Munnich said they were investing an additional $250,000 into
the existing Ideas Program to support more Queensland writers and producers to
develop projects to be production ready.
“The focus is on high-quality work that will excite the screen
industry marketplace and has the greatest potential to move quickly into
production,” Ms Munnich said.
Ms Munnich said a new Creative Consultations Program would also
commence to support the increased investment in the Ideas Program. The Creative
Consultations Program will engage a network of experienced Queensland writers,
producers and consultants, to provide online feedback and one-to-one script
meetings for local writers and creators with stories in development.
“This creative investment supports new ideas and talent
development but also employs our established local writers and producers at
this challenging time,” Ms Munnich added.
Ms Munnich said the announcement follows the establishment of a
Queensland Screen Industry Taskforce that is providing insights on the
challenges facing the sector and a Queensland Screen Industry survey that
received more than 560 responses.
“The survey had a significant response from local crew who we know
have immediately lost work or job prospects. We know they need jobs, so this
investment is designed to help ramp up projects to be production-ready when the
time is right,” Ms Munnich said.
The total $3.3 million investment includes a targeted suite of
initiatives that will be released in the coming weeks as well as the core Ideas
and Finance Programs that are still available through Screen Queensland.