Update From Screenwest

Written by Gabrielle Cole

Hi All,

It feels like years since I wrote the last update, and indeed the landscape we live in continues to change rapidly. Congratulations to those who received Bright Ideas funding! The quality of the proposals and ideas were truly incredible, and it’s fantastic to see these Bright Ideas come to fruition!

While the effects of COVID-19 are still being felt across the globe, I am pleased to say Screenwest is now able to focus on the way forward after our industry support packages have been successfully rolled out.  

While some documentary production was able to continue shooting during the pandemic in a limited capacity, we understand many of you are keen to get back to work on drama productions. We are working closely with the producers of the productions previously scheduled for this year, to have them back up and running as soon as possible.

Along with other state agencies, Screenwest has contributed to the Australian Screen Production Industry COVID-Safe Guidelines released by Screen Australia and AFTRS (https://www.screenwest.com.au/news-events/2020/05/australian-screen-production-industry-covid-safe-guidelines-released/). If you have not already read them, I would strongly encourage you to do so.  The guidelines aim to minimise the risks associated with the exposure of personnel to COVID-19 while working on screen productions. These have been developed for use Australia-wide, however, productions must also comply with the various state regulatory COVID-19 frameworks in place. WA has successfully contained the spread of COVID-19 and is easing restrictions, but it is likely productions will still need to follow these guidelines as a part of their risk management.

Australia’s strong response to this crisis has made us an attractive place to film and Western Australia is well-positioned to welcome interstate or international productions as the State Government eases restrictions further. You may have seen actress Kate Walsh has recently shone a light on Western Australia as an incredible production location and contributed support to the campaign to build infrastructure in WA, which is a great win for the state. Screenwest continues to work with State Government stakeholders to advocate for infrastructure and support for the screen industry in Western Australia and will keep you updated with any new updates.

As always please feel free to contact me with any questions on 08 6169 2177 or gabrielle.cole@screenwest.com.au



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