Screenrights supports four initiatives via 2019 cultural fund

Natiqa and ‘The Staging Post’ poster. 

Screenrights has announced four initiatives that it will support via its annual cultural fund, established last year to support projects that foster the creation and appreciation of screen content in Australia and New Zealand.

The focus for this year’s fund was once again on the connection between education and screen content.

Three recipients will receive $50,000:

  • Light Sound Art Film, to support The Staging Post Education Project, a schools workshop program, website, and social media program that builds on 2017’s The Staging Post documentary to facilitate understanding and dialogue between Australian students and refugees living in transit in Indonesia;
  • Documentary Australia Foundation for DocAccess, an online, interactive portal that will provide educational resources to filmmakers, communities and individuals to create social impact and change
  • New Zealand group Maoriland Charitable Trust, to support Through Our Lens, an indigenous youth peer-to-peer workshop initiative supporting collaboration and strong networks for youth Māori filmmakers and fostering future leaders and diverse screen voices.

Film Outreach Australia will receive $25,000 towards delivering strategies and tools to regional venues and presenters that will help them to develop new screen audiences for a diverse range of screening programs and film festivals.

“We are delighted to be able to support a range of innovative initiatives again this year. The four recipients of the Cultural Fund are doing incredible work to facilitate the telling of impactful stories by and for diverse communities,” said Screenrights CEO James Dickinson.

“These initiatives also represent creative approaches to broadening access to screen stories for a diversity of audiences.”