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New film funding released

- JASMINE BURKE

NEW funding has been released for the Territory’s screen industry this week, helping create jobs and showcasing the Top End and Central Desert regions to the world.

The release of the 2021-22 Screen Territory Funding Program comes off the back of huge economic returns from locally produced shows MaveriX, Barrumbi Kids and True Colours, which collective­ly has seen more than $10m injected into the economy.

Industry Minister Nicole Manison said the announceme­nt of $3.1m to support the growth of the NT screen industry was an investment in jobs.

“It supports the butcher, the baker and the production set maker,” Ms Manison said. “The Territory is on the map as the place to produce film and television right now.”

True Colours is a new premium drama series currently for SBS Australia that is currently being filmed in various locations, including Alice Springs and Amoonguna.

It is being produced by Sydney based Bunya Production­s.

Co-producer Penny Smallacomb­e said the funding program was “a great incentive to bring new people in and new production companies to tell new stories”.

“I think what’s most important is supporting local production that comes out of this area,” she said.

“I think some of the most exciting and unique stories in the world come from the Territory.”

Co-producer David Jowsey said the Territory was full of talent and it would be good to see further investment­s in infrastruc­ture here.

“There’s amazing locations and you really want to have good weather when you’re shooting outside on location, so I think there is a great opportunit­y to expand the business here,” he said.

Screen Industry Advisory Council chairwoman Karen Green said the NT’s screen industry was “making a life

changing economic and social impact”.

The grants available will support NT screen practition­ers in Story Developmen­t, Industry Partnershi­ps, Audience Developmen­t and Production Finance.

Funding will also be available to Territory screen practition­ers for Travel and Career Developmen­t. Both strands are open all year around.

For the first time the screen funding program also

has the Production Attraction Incentive Program, which aims to attract and increase screen production­s providing employment and upskilling opportunit­ies for the NT screen practition­ers.

Round one is open now with applicatio­ns closing September 20. For more informatio­n, including the 2021-22 Screen Territory Funding Program guidelines, visit screenterr­itory.nt.gov.au or to apply for a grant go to www.grantsnt.nt.gov.au.

 ??  ?? Sydney-based Bunya Production­s producers David Jowsey and Penny Smallacomb­e with Mining and Industry Minister, Nicole Manison.
Sydney-based Bunya Production­s producers David Jowsey and Penny Smallacomb­e with Mining and Industry Minister, Nicole Manison.

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