Funds to promote Pilbara’s film potential
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.