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05 Feb 2013

The State Government will soon announce the opening application dates for West Coast Visions, a special initiative with the principal aim of fostering professional development of promising WA filmmakers.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the program gave Western Australian producers, directors, writers and film crew a chance to make and be involved in feature film productions.

“Several high profile films are the result of West Coast Visions, including Blame, Wasted on the Young and Last Train to Freo,” he said.

“The scheme offers Western Australian teams an annual chance to secure $750,000 of production investment funding which could be 100 per cent of the budget, although most West Coast Visions productions have a $1million-$2million budget.”

The Minister said West Coast Visions was highly competitive and teams were put through a rigorous interview selection process as ScreenWest looked for projects that were innovative.

“To be competitive, applicants need a well-developed, budget-savvy project that explores contemporary ideas in innovative, challenging and exceptional ways,” he said.

“West Coast Visions supports talented and motivated writer/director/producer teams with distinctive ideas, and who can best utilise this initiative to fulfil their professional potential.

“The initiative creates a pathway for WA creative teams by providing significant funding towards a low-budget feature film and has resulted in an increase in the level of feature film production in Western Australia, with more films being made with more experienced local creatives and crew.”

Application opening/closing dates to be announced soon on the ScreenWest website.

To be eligible to apply for West Coast Visions, at least one key creative (writer/director/producer) must be for first time credited in this position on a feature film