Message from our Board President

2014/15 has been an encouraging year for the Victorian screen industry with $173.4 million spent on 54 film, television and games projects commencing production with financial support from Film Victoria.

These productions provided over 6,500 jobs for Victorians, while also providing valuable business flow-through to a range of Victorian companies.

The screen industry contributes significantly to the State’s overall economy providing valuable business activity and employment in addition to the cultural, social and creative benefits it delivers.

Film Victoria’s role in supporting the industry to develop and produce diverse, high quality screen content told from an Australian perspective remains essential, particularly as finding domestic and international market support is becoming increasingly challenging due to the dramatic shift in viewing preferences across small, mobile and large screens.

After launching the 2014–17 Corporate Plan in June 2014 along with a suite of improvements to programs and our Terms of Trade, much of this year was spent implementing new systems and processes. The response from the Victorian screen industry has been very positive. The Board and staff of Film Victoria remain focused on identifying further ways  in which we can operate more efficiently while also delivering a range of initiatives to maximise growth opportunities in the Victorian screen industry.

The Victorian Drama and Comedy Initiative is one example. This strategic partnership brokered with the ABC saw seven television projects commence production this financial year delivering a total value of $35.6 million in production activity, while also providing certainty of ongoing work for both businesses and crew. 

The continued support of the Victorian Government is key to the ongoing success of our industry in Victoria. I’d like to thank the Premier, The Hon Daniel Andrews MP and the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP who have both demonstrated their strong commitment to ensuring the Victorian screen industry has a strong and dynamic future. I would also like to thank The Hon Louise Asher MP, who was our responsible Minister until 4 December 2014 when the new Government was sworn in, for her support of Film Victoria and our industry throughout her term as Minister.

Film Victoria is excited by the opportunities presented by the Victorian Government’s Creative Industries Strategy. We look forward to contributing to the strategy and assisting the Victorian Government to deliver its vision for Victoria to be Australia’s leading centre of creativity.

My thanks to the Film Victoria Board members whose skills and experience provide valuable guidance in setting the organisation’s strategic direction, while also ensuring that our governance standards remain strong.

In addition, I would like to thank Film Victoria’s CEO Jenni Tosi for her continued leadership of our organisation and her advocacy for the Victorian and national screen industry. My thanks also to the dedicated staff at Film Victoria for their efforts in another terrific year, and to the skilled industry practitioners who serve on Film Victoria’s various committees.

The contribution and commitment of all these individuals has helped to achieve the success of the Victorian screen industry in 2014/15.

Ian Robertson
Film Victoria