Six Western Australian screen projects will split $250,000 in government funding after being selected by ScreenWest’s 3 to 1 crowdfunding scheme.

The public pledged approximately $140,000 to 28 projects in just 24 hours, triggering the ScreenWest program, which pledged to give triple that amount to the successful projects on a ‘first past the post’ basis.

The successful projects are:

  • Tango Underpants: a short film starring Emma Booth
  • Greenfield: a character-driven dramatic web series about how hard it is to be accepted for who you really are
  • MAN The Movie: a short film based on the tough life of a shearer
  • Edison: Adventures in Power: a stop-motion animation about inventor Thomas Edison
  • Zac and Me: a five-minute-per-episode comedy web series about how you can’t choose your imaginary friends
  • Factory 293: a short film which plans to turn the Midland Workshops into snow-swept Soviet-era Russia using the magic of CGI.

“The 3 to 1 initiative has had an amazing response from the public who have chosen to pledge more than $220,000 on WA short films, web series and interactive projects,” Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said in a statement.

“Six cutting edge projects received public pledges of between $7500 and $25,000 within 30 hours of the initiative going live – this has been matched by funds of between $22,500 and $75,000 from the state government through ScreenWest. Two other projects met their target after the $250,000 ScreenWest funding pool was exhausted and will proceed in a scaled down version.”

Those two projects are Chinchilla Hunt, described as a 'Choose Your Homage' YouTube adventure, and Punjab to Perth, a digital iPad documentary exploring Sikh culture. The public can still pledge money to several projects, which may proceed in a pared back version, at the Pozible site.

Meanwhile, ScreenWest and ABC have each committed a further $1.25 million towards the Matched Primetime Production Fund for the remainder of the 2012-2013 financial year. The fund has generated $47 million worth of production since its July 2008 launch, according to the WA government.

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