Funding boost for Screenworks

NORTHERN Rivers Screenworks is set to receive $180,000 from the NSW government to develop their programs and work even further.

The organisation has been awarded funding from the NSW Government's Screen Industry Development Fund and Audience Development Fund, Ballina MP Don Page said yesterday.

"I am very pleased to see Northern Rivers Screenworks receive this support from our Government," Mr Page said.

Northern Rivers Screenworks will receive $150,000 over three years for its professional development program 'Enterprise' and $30,000 over three years to premiere screenings of Australian films across the Northern Rivers region including guest speakers and Q&A sessions.

"Screenworks is a very successful strand of the creative industry in the Northern Rivers, where we boast the largest number of screen industry workers outside of Sydney and Melbourne," Mr Page said.

"Screenworks offers professional development, location support, mentoring and networking opportunities for screen industry practitioners.  It is an exciting industry to be involved in and one that has great potential to grow and expand," he said.

This funding will benefit a broad cross-section of the community, building both screen industry capacity and audience engagement.  Industry development funding is targeted at emerging filmmakers to assist with the next generation of screen professionals.

Minister for the Arts, George Souris, said the Government is committed to ensuring that NSW has a sustainable, professional screen industry and that enthusiastic audiences have every opportunity to engage with screen content.

"These are the people who, in the future, will make sure NSW remains a world-class film, television and interactive media production hub.

"A range of film festivals will receive audience development funding to take feature films, short films and documentaries to communities across the State."

More information on the Screen NSW programs is available from www.screen.nsw.gov.au
 



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