Supporting Tasmanian screen production

Elise Archer,Minister for Arts

The Tasmanian Government is a strong supporter of our cultural and creative sector.

I am pleased to announce that through Screen Tasmania, our Government has invested almost $60,000 in the latest round of arts funding to develop and support Tasmania’s thriving film, television and gaming industries.

The announcement follows the recent launch of our Government’s Cultural and Creative Industries Recovery Strategy, which focuses on supporting the Arts sector as it recovers from COVID-19 and beyond.

Five projects have been funded through this latest grant round, with four local linear screen projects and one gaming project receiving support for their first stage of development.

Launceston based Game Development, Esports and Content Production House, Smash Attack, received a total of $10,000 of funding to develop ShapeVS, a multiplayer game designed to be played on PC or consoles. The multiplayer concept for ShapeVS was developed during the COVID-19 lockdown when Smash Attack game developers found themselves drawn to games that they could play together.

A short-form comedy series from Launceston based company, Polyphonic Media, has also been supported. Written and produced by composer/music producer Fiora Cutler, and described as a ‘musical dramedy,’ Emotional Whiplash follows the story of a 40-something-year-old woman fleeing Los Angeles during a global pandemic, and returning to the safety of her small home town in Tasmania.

Our Government’s ongoing commitment to Tasmanian screen production has enabled the screen industry to build its capacity to support the development of new stories and concepts within the film, television and games industries, further ensuring Tasmanian creatives will continue to intrigue, engage and entertain audiences around the world.

Details for all funded projects are available at www.screen.tas.gov.au

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