Western Australia’s premier screen industry event, the WA Screen Awards, will be postponed in 2017 due to uncertainty regarding the future funding of FTI.
The WA Screen Awards submissions process is normally underway by this time of year, and FTI has received several enquiries from the sector about this year’s awards.
Without secured funding past June 2017, FTI cannot responsibly meet its commitment to the delivery of the 29th WA Screen Awards on July 3rd, 2017.
This date had been planned to coincide with the launch of the Revelation Film Festival, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
It is hoped that FTI will be able to make comment on the future of the WA Screen Awards in early May 2017, including a new timeline for submissions and nominations.
The WA Screen Awards has only missed one year in its 30-year history and FTI is committed to rescheduling the event later in the year with the full support of its sponsors, partners, funding bodies and the incoming State Government.
FTI’s current government funding is provided on a month-to-month basis by the West Australian Department for Culture & the Arts, but this is not guaranteed past this fiscal year.
FTI will continue to work constructively with its funders to secure the best outcome for the organisation and the emerging screen sector.
Through education, training, programs and networking opportunities, FTI plays an important role in the ongoing development and fostering of local talent in West Australian filmmaking and games development.
However, FTI recognises that the WA Screen Awards are an important part of the ‘public face’ of the work it supports.
Over the last three decades, the WA Screen Awards has developed into a celebration of screen culture, an important annual event for the local film and creative industries, marking the development and rise of some of Australia’s greatest talents across a variety of disciplines.
Recognising achievement in both long and short form film, factual and entertainment productions, the WA Screen Awards past winners and nominees include practitioners such as Zak Hilditch (These Final Hours), Lauren Brunswick (OnO, Young Filmmaker of the Year 2015), Elissa Down (The Black Balloon), Sue Taylor (Last Train to Freo), Lauren Elliott (Dafuq?, The Legend of Gavin Tanner) rising star Ben Young (Bush Basher, Hounds of Love) and even musician Timothy Nelson (The Shapes).
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