The Australian Film Commission today welcomed the announcement by Senator Richard Alston, Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, of a $2.1 million fund to the Commission to seed further development of innovative broadband content.
The funding is to assist Australian content producers to remain on the cutting edge and to produce local content which competes against work produced overseas as the broadband content industry grows.
"The AFC has been at the forefront of new media development for several years and has, through its Documentary On-Line Initiative with the ABC, already begun to fund projects produced specifically for the new digital environment."
"With the increasing convergence of the film, television and interactive digital media industries, and the introduction of accessible broadband delivery systems, this additional funding is extremely timely."
Kim Dalton flagged the possibility of partnering with companies in the digital content and broadband arena to develop relationships between content producers and broadband service providers.