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Award funding kick-starts local digital projects

24 Apr 2012

The State Government has awarded $20,000 to two outstanding project teams to develop their digital projects following their participation in the internationally acclaimed think tank X/Media/Lab.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the recipients of this year’s Perth Development Awards were Anthony Sweet, Barbara Connell, Josh Hogan and Richard Kong for their project Grand City; and Ethan Marrell, Paul Montague and Natalie Lewis for Super Dingo.

“These awards are provided through the Department for Culture and the Arts and ScreenWest to help the winning teams market their ideas, attract partnerships and be in a strong position to realise their projects,” Mr Day said

Grand City is a multi-platform storyworld told through an anthology of short fiction, a digital art gallery, a thematic sound track and a card game, while Super Dingo is a sci-fi/comedy/adventure web series that reached more than one million viewers in eight days, when the first webisode was released in March.

The Minister said the State Government recognised the challenges posed by this highly competitive field.

“Last year’s award winners have already achieved great success which is a good illustration of the importance of this support,” he said.

“Harvest is now in production for SBS Online and the Cave team was one of eight teams selected to participate in the prestigious Screen Australia Digital Ignition Multi-platform Clinic.

“Successes such as these illustrate the high calibre of digital talent that exits in Western Australia - talent that we encourage and support through these awards.”