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Screenwest Announces Support for WA Film Festivals

Screenwest is pleased to announce three festivals have been funded through the latest Tier Two Audience and Community Engagement funding round.

Over the 2019-20 financial year, festivals and screen culture activities supported by Screenwest’s Audience and Community Engagement Fund (ACEF) reached combined attendances of over 43,000 people. Screenwest is proud to support these activities, which offered an incredibly diverse collection of events and screenings and provided the opportunity for WA stories to be shared with new audiences across different communities and locations.

This year’s ACEF Tier Two recipients will receive further development through the program to help them become more sustainable and engaged with the community and WA filmmakers. This support will include:

  • introductions to new networks and filmmakers in their relevant communities through Screenwest
  • professional development opportunities and
  • support with planning, engagement, and promotional activities.

By providing this additional development support, Screenwest aims to support these events:

  • solidify their potential as screening platforms and to grow opportunities for screen culture engagement in WA, and
  • future proof their activities and contributing to the overall sustainability and vibrancy of the sector for the benefit of the WA community.

Screenwest CEO Willie Rowe said, “Sharing screen culture is a vital element of our screen industry, not only in local engagement sharing WA stories, but on a national and international scale. It brings widespread value as a platform for promotion of WA screen projects.”

WA Made Festival was one of the three activities supported, Festival Director Matthew Eeles said, “We were overwhelmed by the support we received for the inaugural WA Made Film Festival in March. We can’t wait to do it all again next year thanks to the generous support of Screenwest. We will continue to showcase and celebrate the hard work and dedication of local filmmakers by sharing their work with an enthusiastic audience who are genuinely excited to see local content on the big screen.”

“We are so thrilled to again have the support of Screenwest, as we launch the 5th PRIDE Queer Film Festival. This will enable us to bring some of the best queer films from around the world to Perth next March,” said Mark Reid, Festival Artistic Director.


Audience and Community Engagement Recipients

Nintila Aboriginal Film Festival

  • Dates: NAIDOC Week
  • Kalgoorlie

Goldfields Aboriginal Film Festival is a 5-day film festival of films by Aboriginal directors or films of significance to Aboriginal history, language or culture hosted in Kalgoorlie. The community impact of this festival is incredibly strong, from engagement with screen culture and Indigenous culture to development and inspiration of emerging filmmakers.


Pride Queer Film Festival

  • Dates: 3- 9 March 2021
  • West Perth & Leederville

PRIDE Queer Film Festival, Perth’s only LGBTIQ film festival, the 5th Festival promises a wide range of queer films to entice, excite, and thrill local audiences.

The festival presents a unique opportunity for content and screen culture sharing for LGBITQ+ stories with community through short films, features, and documentaries.

In addition to the Q&As sessions the festival hosts, a new Queer Film Masterclass will be held aiming to connect WA Queer filmmakers and storytellers with a talented mentor, to create high quality projects.

Submissions for PRIDE Queer Film Festival are now open on Film Freeway.


WA Made Film Festival

  • Dates: 12 – 14 March 2021
  • Perth City

The WA Made Film Festival is a 3-day event showcasing only WA short films and feature films. WA Made Film Festival strives to showcase and celebrate talented cast and crew, stunning locations, and unique stories from all over Western Australia.

New in 2021, WA Made Film Festival has partnered with Buy West Eat Best for a brand-new smartphone filmmaking competition called Get Smart! Submissions are now open on the WA Made Film Festival website for WA feature films, documentaries, short films, smartphone short films, web series and TV episodes.


Audience and Community Engagement Fund

The Audience and Community Engagement Fund aims to assist organisations to create and organise activities which enrich and elevate the Western Australian screen industry. Screenwest is committed to supporting the promotion of Western Australian productions and practitioners to their local community through these activities which make a rich, cultural contribution to a vibrant WA.

More information on this fund is available on the Audience and Community Engagement Funding page of the Screenwest website.


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Posted 03 September 2020

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