15 September 2015
Seven new Victorian film, television and web projects will get off the ground with assistance from the Victorian Government – creating more than 300 employment opportunities for our local screen sector.
Film Victoria today announced $455,226 in the latest round of Film Victoria's production investment funding towards diverse projects, ranging from an animated sketch show to a documentary about an Australian Olympic champion.
Collectively, these projects are expected to generate over $4.5 million for the state.
Responding to the increasing appetite for online content, two web series have been supported: The Katering Show, which will return with fictional celebrity chefs Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney cooking their way into the food culture revolution; and a new web series Suspect Moustache, a fast-paced and eclectic animated sketch show by Melbourne studio Viskatoons, which was discovered through SBS' Comedy Runway initiative.
Two new features, The Death and Life of Otto Bloom and The Heckler have been supported. The Death and Life of Otto Bloom chronicles of the life and great love of a man who experiences time in reverse, and will be the directing debut for Victorian Writer/Director Cris Jones. The Heckler, a story of a self-obsessed comedian whose body is hijacked by the spirit of a jealous heckler, received marketing support to enhance its distribution strategy. The film enjoyed sell-out screenings at this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival and took out the award for 'Best Ensemble' at the 2014 LA Comedy Festival.
Two new documentary projects also feature in the round: The Will to Fly, which follows the journey of Victorian Olympic aerial skiing champion Lydia Lassila as she strives to reach new heights; and Conviction which takes viewers behind the scenes of a high-profile murder investigation, played out against tremendous public and social media pressure.
The provocative documentary series First Contact from Blackfella Films will also return for a second season taking a group of six well known Australians and immersing them in Aboriginal communities around Australia.
Film Victoria's Assigned Production Investment program aims to support high quality, diverse and engaging film, television and online content for Australian and international audiences. Supported projects generate production activity and employment opportunities in Victoria.