Screenwest Celebrates Record Growth and Production
Screenwest today releases its annual report with record growth of diverse practitioners and more productions than ever!
Screenwest releases its 2018-19 Annual Report, celebrating record growth for the WA industry and key highlights of the last financial year.
2018-19 saw the growth of diverse and Indigenous practitioners with the announcement of new initiatives to support these practitioners and their projects.
Strong foundations were built in the development and production of Drama content, and the launch of new industry focused initiatives such as Film Friendly started to build capacity in our regions to support WA productions.
- Practitioners who identified as diverse and Indigenous grew by over 7% and 4% respectively ***
- Total Contracted production spend reached $89 million, up from $74 million in 2017-18, which indicates bigger budget projects are being attracted to film in Western Australia.
- 12% increase in the total hours of content facilitated by Screenwest Funding
- New programs and a refreshed team structure begin to make positive changes to support the industry more effectively.
Screenwest CEO, Willie Rowe said the results are a testament to the strength and hard work of the WA Industry, “This past financial year we’ve seen WA on the international and national stage; we’ve had an extraordinary amount of production and development as well as held a diverse range of programs for the skills development of our emerging sector. As a whole Industry these are great results and come down to the ongoing support and contributions that Screenwest receives from Lotterywest and the State Government which we are very thankful for.”
* 2018-2019 Key Statistics are represented by projects that commenced Principal Photography in the 2018-19 financial year, which may or may not be the same year the project was funded. All project information was provided and to Screenwest by a representative of the relevant production company.
*** The Western Australian screen industry recognises diversity as differences in gender, ages, Indigenous identity, cultural and linguistic diversity (CaLD), disability, sexuality, and gender identities including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQIA+), locations (including regional and remote regions) and socio-economic status.
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