Funds to pro­mote Pil­bara’s film po­ten­tial

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Lifestyle - Court­ney Fowler

The Pil­bara is set to ben­e­fit from a new $16 mil­lion Western Aus­tralian Re­gional Film Fund, de­signed to drive pro­duc­tion in­vest­ment and job cre­ation across coun­try WA.

Mem­ber for Min­ing and Pas­toral Re­gion Jac­qui Boy­dell said the in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tive, made pos­si­ble through fund­ing from the State Gov­ern­ment’s Roy­al­ties For Re­gions pro­gram, aimed to give WA the edge in a highly com­pet­i­tive in­ter­na­tional in­dus­try.

“This is about putting re­gional WA top of the list for pro­duc­ing Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional fea­ture films, tele­vi­sion se­ries and doc­u­men­taries,” she said.

“We’re talk­ing sig­nif­i­cant po­ten­tial ben­e­fits for Pil­bara com­mu­ni­ties and WA as a whole.

“I’m con­fi­dent the fund will quickly res­onate both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, and drive pro­duc­tion in coun­try WA to new heights.”

Ms Boy­dell said fund­ing from Roy­al­ties For Re­gions and ScreenWest had al­ready chalked up sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments, with the highly an­tic­i­pated Pil­bara-based fea­ture film, Red Dog: True Blue due for re­lease in the next 12 months.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said jobs were ex­pected to flow from the new film fund, with the de­vel­op­ment of a skilled work­force to sup­port film and tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion and tourism ini­tia­tives.

The WA Re­gional Film Fund will be man­aged on be­half of the Depart­ment of Re­gional De­vel­op­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.screenwest.wa.gov.au.

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