The Australian Film Commission (AFC) today announced the Industry and Cultural Development (ICD) funding approvals for the network of screen resource organisations around Australia. The decision reaffirms the AFC's commitment to these organisations and their contribution to developing a vigorous and diverse production industry and screen culture in Australia.
The resource organisations are the Film and Television Institute (WA), Media Resource Centre (SA), Metro Screen (NSW), OpenChannel (Vic) and QPix (Qld).
Chief Executive Kim Dalton said: "The AFC is pleased to be able to support the resource organisations. They provide a range of services which are consistent with the AFC's commitment to development and they have a primary role in providing programs at the emerging practitioner level. The interesting development in this year's funding round is the proposed delivery of a nationally co-ordinated set of programs, such as seminars and production initiatives, across the network of resource organisations."
The AFC also revealed that it will enter into discussions with the resource organisations about the option of three-year funding. At present all the organisations applying to the ICD funding program do so on an annual basis.
Kim Dalton said "We want to develop a funding framework which will allow these key organisations to more efficiently engage in long term business and strategic planning. It will also provide the AFC with an opportunity for input to the long term planning to ensure the resource organisations' programs meet the AFC's objectives."
Other activity supported in this ICD Organisations and Events funding round included screen journals IF, Metro and RealTime, new media exhibitors dLux and Experimenta as well as the ATOM Film, Television and Multimedia Awards. The total amount approved for support in 2000 was $1,247,064. A further round of organisational funding applications will go to the December Commission meeting for consideration.