Screen Queensland Funds Diverse Film Festivals

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival, Brisbane 2019 at Palace Cinemas, Baracks. Photo by Ange Costes, courtesy of Alliance Francaise.

Ten festivals will receive more than $76,000 from the Queensland Government through the Screen Queensland (SQ) Screen Culture Funding Program, to deliver a wide range of film screenings and events in the first half of 2020.

The events will feature a diverse program of homegrown and international
features and short films, to entertain and inspire numerous regional and
metropolitan communities.

An array of festivals and cultural events have received funding, such as
the Alliance Française French Film Festival in Brisbane, Brisbane Queer Film
Festival, Sunshine Coast Surf Film Festival, the Vision Splendid Outback Film
Festival in Winton and popular regional touring festivals Wide Angle Film
Festival and Flickerfest.

SQ CEO Kylie Munnich said that in addition to delivering outcomes for audiences across the
state, the program supports the ecosystem of the local screen industry.

“”Last financial year, over 90,000 Queenslanders attended SQ-supported
Screen Culture events, so there is enormous appreciation for cinema in our
state, as well as demand for Queensland-made content,” said Ms Munnich.

“Our program ensures that film festivals continue to provide an
invaluable platform for local filmmakers to screen their productions, as well as
show award-winning or international content to inspire the next generation.”

Ms Munnich added that the Screen Culture Funding program also
demonstrated SQ’s commitment to inclusivity in the screen industry.

“We invest in festivals that truly reflect the diversity of our population,
and provide access to screen events to several regions, from the Darling Downs
to Far North Queensland.” said Ms Munnich.

One of the supported film festivals is the Wide Angle Film Festival
(WAFF), which annually offers more than 90 communities across Australia the
experience of Australian and international award-winning short films reflecting
the lived experience of people with disability.

“2020 will be WAFF’s third year in Queensland and
since November 2018 we have reached over 8,000 people,” said Festival Director
Jaqueline Cosgrove.

“Of course, the funds enable us to undertake many of
the activities that bring the Festival to Queensland as a free event, but the
benefit to us and the community is much more than that.”

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