The Australian Film Commission (AFC) will double its investment in script development to $2.4m and has decided to maintain its commitment to the production of short films and documentaries. AFC support for the development of projects by Indigenous Australians will also be maintained at its current level, with $750,000 for production and $100,000 for script development managed by an Indigenous Branch.
The decisions about program expenditure have been made following the release earlier this year of an AFC proposal for change within the organisation and subsequent industry consultations.
The AFC will close its office in London. Changing priorities for the industry, combined with technological developments, provide an opportunity for the funds used to maintain the office to be spent in more direct support to projects and people in Australia.
Another result of AFC consultation with the industry is the decision to continue supporting low budget feature production with a minimum annual commitment of $1.6m.
The AFC will maintain its support for interactive media production.
The Commission will continue, with new Chief Executive Kim Dalton, to review other areas of its operations in response to the changing needs and infrastructure of the screen industry. These areas include Marketing and Industry and Infrastructure (including Research and Information Services).
In announcing these decisions AFC Chair Maureen Barron commented on the depth and extent of the screen industry's responses to the review of AFC priorities and on the support from the industry for the AFC's role in the development of the Australian screen industry.
"The responses came from all over Australia and from every sector of the industry. They addressed all aspects of the AFC's operations and did so with passion, care and insight. The industry contribution was crucial to AFC deliberations about how to allocate its funds this financial year and into the future," she said.
AFC funding programs will operate on current terms and conditions until further notice. Funding enquiries should be directed to project staff in the appropriate area of the AFC: script development and production support to Film Development; screen culture support to Industry and Information Services; and marketing support to Market Development Services.