An exploration into the deepest freshwater cave in the world and a snapshot of rugby league and women's sport in Australia are among the subjects of seven documentaries that will share in over $1.7 million of production funding from Screen Australia.
Screen NSW has selected three teams for its Short to Feature Fast-Track initiative, and separately, has named writer and director Jon Bell the recipient of the inaugural First Nations Screen Scholarship.
The NSW Government has backtracked on its decision to cut $60 million from the state’s screen funding programs, announcing the Made In NSW fund and the Post, Digital and Visual Effects rebate will continue in their existing forms.
The third seasons of ABC series' 'Ginger and the Vegesaurs' and 'The Newsreader', as well as a new film from Sophie Hyde about Oscar Wilde's wife, are among the projects to share in $10 million of production funding from Screen Australia.
Producers have labelled the NSW Government's decision to proceed with $60 million worth of cuts to the state's screen funding programs, impacting the Made In NSW fund and the Post, Digital and Visual Effects Rebate, as "reckless" and "nothing short of a disaster".
Global visual effects giant DNEG, which recently opened a Sydney studio, has called on the NSW Government to reconsider proposed cuts to its screen funding programs, arguing it will have a "devastating" impact on the state's ability to attract production, stymie business and job growth, and ultimately result in talent leaving the state.
The NSW Government has signalled it will make cuts to screen funding in next week's state budget, including the Made in NSW fund, the Post, Digital and Visual Effects rebate and the Digital Games Development Rebate Program.