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WA Screen Industry Full of Bright Ideas

Screenwest is pleased to announce 27 recipients will receive a share of over $126,000 in funding to deliver 25 projects through the Bright Ideas Crew Capacity Initiative.

The initiative, targeted at below-the-line crew members and directors from the WA Screen industry, invited applicants to propose a ‘bright idea’ to keep them working, developing and creating long term screen industry outcomes during the COVID-19 social isolation period.

Some of the selected bright ideas include an online exhibition to showcase the Western Australian Screen Industry by David Dare Parker, development of an online platform to house resources for production designers by Emma Fletcher, development of a guide to assist productions to go paperless by Mark Boskell and a series of recorded conversations with a variety of West Australian freelance crew doyens, musing on past experiences and revealing industry insights by John Fairhead.

A number of other bright ideas were selected to support the costume, unit publicity, make-up, VFX and production sectors and to maximise the impact of the funding across the WA screen industry.

Screenwest Head of Screen Investment Matthew Horrocks said, “A large number of WA film crew and practitioners were impacted almost immediately with loss of work due to COVID-19 and the Bright Ideas initiative was a way of assisting them to keep them working in the WA Screen industry.”

He added, “As many can imagine, the round was exceptionally competitive with a number of really innovative projects presented. The successful projects will hopefully not only benefit the recipients, but the broader WA screen sector.”

Screenwest CEO Willie Rowe explained, “Screenwest is committed to sustaining and developing talent in Western Australia and with the assistance of the State Government of Western Australia through the repurposing of Lotterywest funding, we were able to be nimble and responsive to industry need.”

Production Designer and Art Director Emma Fletcher said, “I feel Screenwest has been such a leader in hearing our industry and responding in a timely manner to these unsettling and unknowable times – especially for the below the line creatives, crew members and technicians.”

A full list of the Bright Ideas funding recipients will be released in the Screenwest Annual Report.


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