Create NSW has announced funding of nearly $250,000 to boost NSW screen practitioner skillsets and bring a range of screen experiences to audiences across the State.
“In addition to delivering the most innovative, diverse and compelling events for audiences, we also want to ensure that our incredible screen workforce continues to upskill through as many opportunities for professional development as possible,” Executive Director for Create Investment and Engagement, Elizabeth W. Scott said.
Under the 2018/19 Industry Development Program administered through Create NSW, investment of $152,000 will provide support for ten one-off or annual events including seminars and professional development activities across 24 NSW venues.
This year’s recipients include a focus on introducing new storytellers in Western Sydney, a celebration of diversity with the Australian Writers’ Guild, opportunities for parents and carers returning to work and support for Women in Film and Television (WIFT) NSW.
Through the Audience Development Program, funding of $92,000 will provide support towards nine public screenings, festivals and tours to deliver quality screen content and innovative practice to audiences across 114 state-wide venues.
The $244,000 delivered is in addition to the $303,500 and $86,500 (total $390,000) in Industry and Audience Development Programs committed respectively in previous years through multi-year agreements.
Supported projects span a wide scope of themes and areas, including Aboriginal, disability and LGBTIQ focus areas and multicultural support across Persian, Palestinian and Lebanese communities among others.
Photo caption: Past Create NSW recipient – Arab Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Create NSW.