Four Western Australian filmmakers have received Australian Film Commission Distinctly Australian Initiative Fellowships.
The Distinctly Australian Fellowships are designed to provide career development opportunities for writers, script editors, writer/directors and producers.
Dixie Betts and Lis Hoffmann jointly received a Producer Fellowship and John Beaton from West Coast Pictures also received a Producer Fellowship.
The Producer Fellowship Scheme recipients are producers of differing levels of experience and the funds are provided to allow consolidation of creative and business plans. For example, the Fellowship will enable Dixie Betts and Lis Hoffman to make the leap from making short films to feature films and West Coast Pictures has a slate of features ready or nearly ready for investment.
Trevor Todd, a children's fiction and drama writer, has received a Project Fellowship. The Project Fellowship Scheme allows writers to undertake a non-project specific professional initiative (such as a structured attachment to a studio or filmmaker, or travel plan designed to establish or consolidate professional contacts overseas). The Fellowship will enable Trevor to work on attachment with Paragraph Productions at Pinewood Studios in London.
The Australian Film Commission announced a total of 57 Fellowships worth $975,000 to filmmakers around the country under the Distinctly Australian Initiative. Director of Film Development at the Australian Film Commission, Tim Read said: "There's no shortage of interesting ideas and filmmakers in Western Australia and Dixie, Lis, Trevor and West Coast Pictures have all got film projects that will delight audiences in the future. In the meantime, the industry is under capitalised in the independent sector making development, or career advancement, hard to pursue. That's why these funds and those supplied by Screen West can be so useful. I wish them the best of luck."