Local Filmmaking Given Funding

Local Filmmaking Given Funding

Victoria Minister for Innovation Services and Small Business Louise Asher

Victorian Screen Productions Thrive With Coalition Funding

Victor P Taffa

Innovation Services and Small Business Minister Louise Asher today announced a commitment of $750,000 to four screen projects, comprising a feature film, online documentary and two ongoing television series through the Victorian Coalition Government’s Production Investment funding.

Ms. Asher said the Coalition Government recognises the importance of providing continued support to Victoria’s screen industry and projects that demonstrate originality, marketability and quality.

 

“Since December 2010, the Coalition Government has supported 27 film and television projects which are expected to generate more than $165 million in production expenditure for Victoria.” Ms. Asher said.

The productions that will share in the $750,000 announced today are:

  • Southern Star Entertainment’s Offspring (series three);
  • Active TV’s Prank Patrol (series three) – Road Trip;
  • Interactive online documentary Wonderland, from the producers of the successful Multicultural History Portal for SBS;
  • Debut feature film 100 Bloody Acres.

“These latest investments will generate an estimated $11.25 Million in production expenditure in Victoria and provide around 350 job opportunities for local practitioners.” Ms. Asher said.

“This round of funding will provide practitioners with opportunities to develop their skills and help maintain a sustainable industry.”

Film Victoria CEO Jenni Tosi said she was delighted Film Victoria was able to support such diverse projects.

“Supporting two successful TV series to produce ongoing seasons provides significant employment opportunities for a large number of key creatives and crew.” Ms. Tosi said.

“Investing in new projects from talented teams ensures the local industry continues to create innovative content on a variety of platforms that resonate with audiences.”

Following the success of the first two series, Offspring (series three) will continue to build on the success of seasons one and two.

Prank Patrol (series three) Road Trip is the third instalment of this children’s television series that will take the Prank Patrol on a road trip from Victoria to South Australia and Western Australia.

Both these television series have enjoyed ratings success with audiences across Australia and will continue to showcase Melbourne’s locations.

Wonderland, from Chocolate Liberation Front, is an online documentary investigation into the growth and recent challenges facing Australia’s overseas student industry.

Horror feature film 100 Bloody Acres from Cyan Films previously received support through Film Victoria’s New Feature Writers and Feature Film Development programs.