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Screenwest management and the FTI Board have been working closely together to ensure the consolidation of FTI into Screenwest will deliver positive outcomes for the local screen sector.

Screenwest is committed to ensuring the skills development opportunities and production funding programs, previously administered by FTI, are available to the emerging screen sector in WA and are built upon – providing the sector with enhanced outcomes and strategic alignment to the professional sector.

Screenwest is happy to announce that all recent short film programs ran by FTI will run again in 2017-18. Dates and updated guidelines for these programs will be announced shortly.

The Professional in Residence program and a slate of workshops, events and seminars will also go ahead in 2017-18.

Screenwest will embark on a consultation process with the sector later in 2017 to set the direction of strategic development of the local screen sector. This industry wide consultation period will also involve a review of the WA Screen Awards, which has been put on hold for 2017.

To ensure continuity in this transitional period, Screenwest, in consultation with the FTI Board, have appointed Ros Walker, through her independent production company Walker Films, to deliver the scripted short film programs Oompf! and Elevate and the Professional in Residence mentorship program for 2017-18.

Walker Films will be operating out of the Fielder St Creative, and will work closely with Screenwest management over the next year through this transition period.
Fielder St Creative will also provide creative space for filmmakers involved with the short film programs to work from as they develop their projects.

“Having worked with Western Australia’s emerging sector for the past 2 ½ years, we’re delighted that Ros will continue to lead these programs and provide her highly regarded advice and mentorship,” said Rikki Bestall, Screenwest Head of Development & Production.

Walker said “I’m looking forward to working with the next group of talented filmmakers in Elevate and Oompf! as I believe that mentored short film programs are the best way to develop filmmakers’ narrative storytelling skills and crew skills.”

“The Professional in Residence program, originally an FTI initiative, connects experienced industry practitioners with the emerging sector and allows for mentoring in a very practical way.

“I encourage all emerging filmmakers to think about what they need to advance their careers, and established players to analyse what programs, activities or connections have been useful to their career development, and contribute their feedback to the consultation.”

Mitchell Wells, Chair FTI, said that FTI Board had been working with external consultants to successfully wind down the organisation.

“I am pleased that we are in the final stages of finalising matters including the philanthropy program and finalising the transition of the Indigenous Community Stories assets, equipment and archives to Screenwest. These important stories will continue to be safeguarded for future generations,” he said.

“I’d like to thank the FTI staff and Board for their efforts in the wind-up process.”

Further information:

Ros Walker is assisting in the final wind down processes associated with FTI, if there are any outstanding matters associated with FTI, please direct your queries to Ros at ros@walkerfilms.com.

Any additional queries should be directed to Neta Gill, Screenwest Marketing & Communications Manager at neta.gill@screenwest.com.au.

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Posted 09 August

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