A message from our Board President
A total of 67 film, television and games projects commenced production with investment support from Film Victoria, delivering $172.9 million of production expenditure to the State. This is an excellent result which signals stability and confidence in the Victorian screen industry.
Those projects created more than 8,000 employment opportunities for Victorian screen practitioners who contributed to the creation of diverse and entertaining content to be enjoyed by audiences here and abroad. Many of these productions received local and international awards, which is an acknowledgement of the depth of talent we have here in Victoria.
Through its eight core funding programs and other initiatives, Film Victoria staff processed 474 applications with 59% receiving support. This represents a 29% increase in the number of applications assessed. Managing this increase has been possible through the ongoing improvement of systems and processes which have delivered significant efficiency gains.
The support of the Victorian Government is a key element to the success of our screen industry and we welcomed the release of Creative State, the Government’s strategy for Victoria’s creative industries. Creative State signifies the important role of the screen industry in Victoria’s cultural ecosystem, with identified strategies in place to ensure the continued growth and development of our industry. In addition to sustained funding for Film Victoria’s core activities over the next two years, new funding to support growth of screen businesses in Victoria is a welcome and valuable initiative.
I would like to thank the Premier the Hon. Daniel Andrews MP and the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP for their ongoing support of the Victorian screen industry, which is essential if it is to remain competitive in a global market and successfully adapt to the challenges and opportunities ahead.
My thanks also to the Film Victoria Board members for their ongoing service and advice, overseeing the strategic objectives and governance obligations of our organisation. I would particularly like to acknowledge the significant contribution of Jan Sardi who served on the Board for eight years and welcome Kelly Lefever who joined the Board in September 2015. In addition I would like to acknowledge the contribution of the industry practitioners who serve on our various committees, bringing additional and valuable expertise and perspectives.
I would like to specially thank Film Victoria’s CEO Jenni Tosi who continues to lead our organisation with energy and enthusiasm to deliver strong outcomes for the Victorian screen industry. The hardworking staff of Film Victoria also deserve acknowledgement for their contribution to the very pleasing results achieved in 2015/16.
Everyone at Film Victoria looks forward to continuing to work with the Victorian screen industry in the coming year to assist its continued growth and success.