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New projects on ScreenWest's digital watch

05 Feb 2013

The State Government has launched two new digital initiatives following ScreenWest’s Digital Review which sought feedback from the screen industry in 2012.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said ScreenWest was offering two new digital initiatives to meet with the industry’s growing demand to create and develop digital content.

“ScreenWest has developed these initiatives in order to encourage the creation of interactive, digital content, some of which will build upon the achievements of locally generated factual content with a broadcast or theatrical outcome,” Mr Day said.

“The Digital Factual Extension Fund is a special initiative which encourages the creation of interactive, digital content which builds upon the achievements of factual content. Up to four $15,000 development grants will be available in the first half of 2013. In the second half of 2013, a production pool of up to $200,000 will be available.”

The Minister said $200,000 could be allocated to one project or a range of smaller projects and would be assessed against criteria; the new fund will allow digital producers to create larger scale projects than has previously been available through the digital funding program.

“This is also a great incentive for relationships to be forged between established production companies and digital creatives with a proven track record.” he said.

“The second initiative is the Digital Innovation Production Fund which will support the production of digital projects that are creative and innovative.”

Up to $15,000 will be available to up to four teams to create a small scale, fully functioning result such as a mobile app. Upon successful delivery, a further $50,000 will be available to each of these teams to create a bigger digital project. This is open to emerging and established practitioners.

Guidelines for each of these initiatives will be available shortly on the ScreenWest website

These two initiatives replace previous digital funding rounds which so far has seen more than 50 digital projects supported for development or production since 2010