Funding boost to support coast screen industry

Published on 24 August 2021

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The Gold Coast screen industry will benefit from $250,000 in grants as part of the City’s newly introduced Screen Access Program. 

 The program has been designed for local screen businesses and content creators, giving them access to apply for up to $50,000 in funding. 

 “The City provides more support for the screen industry than any other local government. We invest in the development of local talent and help bring major productions to the coast,” said Mayor Tom Tate. 

 “We want to continue to see the Gold Coast screen sector grow and provide more training and work for our people. This industry contributes more than $590 million to the local economy per year and supports around 8000 jobs.” 

 The Screen Access Program offers eligible applicants up to $10,000 for training and mentoring, $25,000 for individual projects, or $50,000 for screen businesses.

 Those eligible will include businesses and individuals with a successful track record in film, TV, animation, subscription video on demand, streaming, online production and post-production. 

 The program has been developed after independent research through QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre that determined critical gaps in the Gold Coast screen industry.     

 “This research has shown us that the coast screen industry isn’t only a service industry for international and interstate productions, but an emerging hub for local productions,” he said. 

 “The program will provide local screen professionals with support to establish key business networks, expand business capabilities, as well as training and mentoring.”

 The City has supported more than 50 productions in the past 12 years.

 “The Gold Coast has worked hard to support the film industry over the last year with full-screen production getting back up and running here faster than almost anywhere else in the world. This has enhanced our reputation as a safe, outstanding place to film.”

 The City has also bolstered its Screen Attraction Program and lowered the threshold of Gold Coast production expenditure to enable local productions to be eligible for the scheme along with national and international productions. This is in addition to support received from Federal and State governments. 

 For information on the Screen Access Program including full eligibility and application details, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/screen