With cameras again rolling again in our screen industry, the Victorian Government has announced a major injection to ensure the industry can capitalise on the huge global demand for content and support thousands of local jobs.
The record investment of $33.8 million in Victorian screen industry programs, will back employment-boosting international projects and support locally-created content, screen industry projects and talent development initiatives.
More than half of the investment will be allocated in the current financial year, providing significant immediate stimulus to the industry as it recovers.
$19.2 million will be allocated to attract international and interstate screen projects to Victoria through a new Victorian Screen Incentive. This incentive will target physical productions, visual effects, animation, post-production and, for the first time, digital games projects.
$4.7 million will support for the development and production of local content across film, television, online and games.
$8.6 million has been secured to continue Film Victoria’s successful local production investment and industry and skills development programs on top of Film Victoria’s ongoing operational funding.
As Docklands Studios Melbourne prepares to break ground on its $46 million sixth sound stage, $1.3 million will be allocated to create a trade and technical hub close to the studios for screen crews and support businesses.
While this package is focused on immediate recovery, work is also under way on a five-year Victorian Government Screen Industry Strategy which will guide investment and opportunities in the longer term.
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Find out more about VicScreen's programs to support our screen industry at film.vic.gov.au.