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Media release16 - Jun - 2023

Applications now open for Industry and Audience Development Programs

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Head of Screen NSW Kyas Hepworth said 19 recipients across both programs received approximately $600,000 in support this financial year and encouraged screen practitioners and organisations across the state to apply.

“These programs not only provide much-needed financial support but are vital to empower and transform our local screen industry and deliver rich cultural experiences for all the people of NSW,” Ms Hepworth said.

“By nurturing talent, facilitating professional growth, and improving access to quality screen content, we can foster a dynamic and inclusive screen culture that resonates with audiences and cultivates a thriving creative community.”

The Industry Development Program provides funds to organisations that create professional development opportunities for NSW screen practitioners at various stages of their career. Funding is provided for one-off or annual events including workshops, masterclasses, forums and professional development activities.

The Audience Development Program supports public screenings, festivals or tours that provide opportunities for the community to see and experience quality screen content and innovative practice. Funding is provided for one-off or annual events across NSW, including those in single or multiple venues.

"Screen practitioners across regional NSW have advanced their careers as a result of our programs which are funded through the Industry Development Program," Screenworks CEO Lisa O'Meara said.

“Being mentored by Jocelyn Moorhouse, directing a block of Neighbours for Fremantle, a producer's role on a Paramount drama series, or sitting in on the writers’ rooms of some of Australia's most successful productions are just some of the opportunities that Screenworks has been able to deliver because of the support from Screen NSW.”

"We are grateful to Screen NSW for the grant we received which has been instrumental in bringing the Mardi Gras Film Festival 2023 to life,” Queer Screen Festival Director Lisa Rose added.

“Thanks to this funding, our organization was able to curate a diverse line-up of ground-breaking films, fostering meaningful dialogue and promoting LGBTQ+ representation on the silver screen."

Applicants from regional NSW and Western Sydney, as well as First Nations and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Applications for Audience Development and Industry Development programs close July 14.