The Australian Film Commission (AFC) last night hosted a reception at Parliament House Canberra to congratulate the film industry on its achievements in 2006.
Australian actors Brooke Satchwell, Jack Finsterer, Tara Morice and Justine Clarke joined other industry figures and politicians from both Houses of Parliament to celebrate the critical and box office success of recent Australian films.
AFC Chair Maureen Barron said that despite recent success, the Australian film industry faced significant ongoing challenges, with low levels of production and falling levels of private investment. "The government's review of the full range of Government support measures for funding films is particularly timely, as issues of sustainability and growth continue to plague the industry."
Increased Government funding for development initiatives such as IndiVision, the AFC's low-budget feature film development program, have already assisted in re-energising Australian filmmaking. The AFC has invested in the development of 46 projects, funded two low-budget feature films and committed funds to a further nine features as part of the IndiVision Development and Production Fund.
Projects like the Regional Digital Screen Network (RDSN) and australianscreen online continue to ensure greater access to Australian audiovisual content across the country. The recently launched RDSN utilises digital technology to take Australian programs to eight regional centres, while the web-based educational resource australianscreen online makes material accessible to all Australians wherever they live.
Also attending the AFC reception were AFC Acting Chief Executive Chris Fitchett and the AFC Commissioners:
- Paul Hamra, Deputy Chair of the AFC and Managing Director of South Australian-based publishing company Solstice Media, publisher of the Independent Weekly newspaper
- Rachel Perkins, film director and current Chair of Indigenous Screen Australia
- Dominic Case, Director of Communications for Atlab
- Sue Masters, Head of Drama at Network TEN
- Antonio Zeccola, Managing Director of Palace Films
- Colin South, Media World Pictures Pty Ltd
- Tom Kennedy, Director of Digital Strategy, Legion Interactive and Chair of the Digital Content Industry Action Agenda, Strategic Industry Leaders Group.
The Australian Film Commission (AFC) is an Australian Government agency, operating as part of the Commonwealth Film Program to ensure the creation, preservation and availability of Australian audiovisual content.