Screenwest has compiled answers to some frequently asked questions about Screenwest’s response to the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the Western Australian Screen Sector. This page will be updated regularly.
If you have a question that is not addressed on this page, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Screenwest Business Operations
Is Screenwest open and operating?
Screenwest still continues to operate during this time, with the staff working remotely. The office is currently closed.
Can I still meet with Screenwest staff?
Screenwest staff members are holding all meetings via telephone or video conferencing at this time. All staff are still contactable via their Screenwest phone numbers and email addresses.
Contact information is available on the Screenwest Staff page.
What will happen to my existing Screenwest funded project?
Screenwest is committed to supporting the industry at this time and we aim to be flexible and responsive. Screenwest has contacted all applicants with existing Screenwest funding to discuss their options. Projects which were in the process of contracting will complete this process with additional clauses regarding risk management and caveats in relation to COVID-19. If you have further questions about how your project is impacted by COVID-19, we encourage you to speak with the appropriate fund manager for support.
- Franziska Wagenfeld – Development and Production Executive
- Paul Williams – Documentary Manager
- Barbara Connell – Drama Development Manager
- Eva Di Blasio – Talent Development Manager
- Gabrielle Cole – Production Attraction and Services Manager (WARFF Funding)
Contact information is available on the Screenwest Staff page.
How can I stay up to date with Screenwest responses to COVID-19?
We encourage you to subscribe to subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on Facebook and check Screenwest.com.au for regular updates and opportunities.
Screenwest has also set up a dedicated Facebook discussion group for Western Australian Screen Practitioners to discuss opportunities and share ideas and resources in response to the current pandemic.
Funding and Support
Can I still apply for Funding?
Yes! All of the funding programs which are open year-round are running as usual with the exception of travel funding, which has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Any changes to Development, Production and Indigenous will be communicated widely with industry – we recommend WA screen industry members subscribe to the Screenwest e-newsletter to stay up to date.
Are there funding rounds I can apply for right now?
Yes! Screenwest launched the WA Screen Industry Sustainability Package which included two new initiatives for below-the-line crew and producers and production companies and post production companies. The Bright Ideas Sustainability Fund and Taking Care of Business – Production Company & Producer Support Package closed for applications on Tuesday, 14 April 2020, however the following funding rounds are currently open for applications:
- Taking Care of Business – Fix it in Post – Applications close Tuesday, 21 April 2020 at 5:00pm AWST
- West Coast Visions – Applications close Monday, 11 May 2020 at 5:00pm AWST
- Matched Development and Investment Fund – Applications can be submitted at any time
- On Demand Content Fund – Applications can be submitted at any time
Is the Screenwest offering any professional/skills development opportunities or online training?
Screenwest continues to work on some fantastic skills and talent development opportunities within the coming weeks.
Until then you can listen to our podcast – In Conversation with Screenwest and some of the previous events we have livestreamed on the Screenwest YouTube Channel.
Can Screenwest provide income support, or subsidise my costs during this time?
Screenwest is unable provide direct financial support to individuals for personal expenses. Our programs seek to provide benefit to practitioners and production companies by supporting development, suitably scaled production and talent and skills development outcomes. The Federal and State Governments continue to announce COVID-19 economic response packages for individuals and businesses. Refer to the key links at the top of this page for more information.
The ATO’s JobKeeper Payment is intended to provide wage subsidies to businesses that are significantly affected by COVID-19. You can register for this on the ATO website.
Will the Screenwest fund me to retain staff?
Screenwest is unable to directly pay for staff of Western Australian businesses, however there are Federal and State Government supports available to assist businesses with cashflow and retaining staff at this time, such as the Federal Government Temporary Relief for Financially Stressed Businesses.
What support is available for crew?
Screenwest recently announced the Bright Ideas Sustainability Fund which was a one-time special purpose practitioner initiative aimed at creating new methods of sustainability for the Western Australian production industry. Designed primarily for below-the-line Crew and Directors to instigate outside-the-box ideas that can be offered to the industry in the current environment and into the future. Applications closed on Tuesday, 14 April 2020.
Screenwest has recently updated its Crew and Services Directory for screen service providers to update their business information. Screenwest uses this directory regularly to connect productions with practitioners and promote Western Australia as a fantastic place to film.
We encourage all screen practitioners and companies to register and if you have an existing profile, to keep it up to date! A recent announcement of the changes to the Crew and Services Directory can be found here. All listings are reviewed by Screenwest before they are made live.
For further information about the Screenwest’s Crew and Services Directory or for assistance with updating your listing please email Production Attraction and Services Manager Gabrielle Cole at email@example.com.
In addition, the Screenwest’s WA Screen Industry Sustainability package has been designed to encourage development proposals that will employ Western Australian crew to provide services to projects.
Can I still enquire about filming in Western Australia during this time?
We welcome enquiries about filming in Western Australia! You can check out our Location Gallery and Crew and Services Directory online now. Please contact Production Attraction and Services Manager Gabrielle Cole firstname.lastname@example.org for further enquiries.
What is happening with projects due to go into production in 2020?
All productions are currently on hold and Screenwest is working closely with producers to ensure productions can be ready to resume as soon as it is safe to do so.
With productions on hold, will there be more funding available for development?
Yes. Screenwest has increased funding to development initiatives. Please see the WA Screen Industry Sustainability Package announcement to find out more.
Listen to our podcast – In Conversation with Screenwest for a behind the scenes look at the world of screen production as world-class film, television, documentary and digital media practitioners share their experiences, insight and expertise.
View the WA Screen Industry Calendar to see what’s happening in the screen industry in Western Australia.