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New initiative for indigenous doco makers

13 Sep 2012

Western Australian indigenous filmmakers will have the opportunity to create a series of short contemporary documentary films for ABC TV, thanks to a new initiative launched today by the State Government.

ScreenWest, in partnership with the ABC TV Indigenous Department, will produce five short documentaries to be broadcast on ABC1.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the Government, through ScreenWest, had invested $250,000 into the Indigenous Short Documentary Development and Production Initiative to provide ongoing opportunities for WA indigenous filmmakers.

“Through the support of ScreenWest, the indigenous film sector has grown considerably in the past 10 years with screen practitioners winning major awards and their films screened at national and international festivals,” Mr Day said.

“This is a great opportunity to further develop and broaden the skills of WA’s indigenous writers and directors by assisting indigenous filmmakers in getting their stories on to the screen.

“The Government will continue to support programs and initiatives that build indigenous involvement in this State’s thriving screen industry.”

All films will be developed and produced in WA and production starts in early 2013.

ABC and ScreenWest invite creative indigenous people to explore positive and inspirational story ideas on the theme Seasons.

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