FTI Philanthropy Program


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FTI's Philanthropy Program aims to attract private and foundation philanthropy to support the telling of stories that are presented on screen, by Western Australian filmmakers and games developers. This is a groundbreaking development for the screen sector in Western Australia, which is an incredibly exciting world to become a part of. Our intent to achieve this began in 2012 when comprehensive sector consultation told us that there is a need for screen story tellers to be able to operate by funding their projects and enterprises from sources other than government. FTI is also hoping to start the building of a corpus of donated funds that will allow us, in time, to establish programs that are flexible in their approach and therefore allow us to foster innovation in approaches to storytelling, use of technology, and business models. Donations for the Philanthropy Program have surpassed $180,000 so far!


FTI's Philanthropy Program operates on a number different levels. The program allows individuals and philanthropic foundations to make a contribution to FTI that will allow us to scale up programs including Screen, Games and Interactive Production; Indigenous Community Stories; and supporting Aboriginal filmmakers through the Stanley Wilbur Trust Fund.  Donors can nominate a particular program to which they would like their contribution to be directed. It also allows for eligble third-party projects to be supported through a grants program, that will be funded by donations that are received which nominate those projects as their preferred recipient.  Screen practitioners are able to submit projects for consideration here. Click on the links for information: Current FTI Philanthropy ProjectsPrevious Philanthropy ProjectsFTI programsIt is important to understand the legal constraints of the program, which are set out below, and to understand that FTI is unable to guarantee that the donations received will be applied to the nominated program or project.  However, we will always use our best endeavours to support the intent of our donors.

Current Round

On Friday 26th August 2016 On FTI's Philanthropy program brought together five experienced WA teams with exciting screen projects who aim to produce compelling screen projects and potential donors & philanthropists at a magical sundowner hosted by Happs Winery during CinefestOz Film FestivalFTI is pleased to have already received donations for the projects which were pitched at the event. The five projects newly included in FTI's Philanthropy Program are: 'A Team of Champions', 'CinefestOz Foundation,' 'Don't Stop the Music', 'Harmony' and 'The World of Georgiana Molloy'. Photo's from the event can be found here.

The audience included leading members of WA's screen industry Duncan Ord (Director General DCA), Janelle Marr (ScreenWest's Chair), Ian Booth (ScreenWest's Chief Executive) along with well known identities from the South West including David Barton, Peter Shack, Shelley Cullen, Will Berliner, Patricia Poynton, Becky Vidler and Roslyn Happ.

Support Philanthropy Projects:

FTI works with Western Australian filmmakers and games developers to help them to attract donations to help their projects become reality. See all of Philanthropy Projects here.  

Support FTI Programs
FTI has a number of programs that need your support.Development & Production Support - Screen Production & Games and Interactive, Indigenous Community Stories & Stanley Wilbur Trust Fund.  Supporting Aboriginal filmmakers. See them all here.

Support Brian Beaton Award:
The Brian Beaton Award will be presented annually at the West Australian Screen Awards and is available to factual filmmakers of all levels working on projects that have the potential to contribute to the community and initiate positive social change. Read more here.

Submit Your Project
Screen practitioners who believe that philanthropy can help them achieve their goals can can submit their screen projects to FTI.

Legals and Process

FTI is listed on the Register of Cultural Organisations as a cultural organisation and is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office as having Item 1 Deductible Gift Recipient status, which allows FTI to receive donations from individuals and organisations and issue a tax deductible receipt.
Donors cannot be associated with or a beneficiary of a project or project team.
Donations will be deposited by FTI into a specially maintained bank account, the “Film & Television Institute (WA) Inc. Donations Account”, and a receipt evidencing the tax deductible donation will be issued to the donor.
Donations received are to be applied by FTI to uses that meet the objectives contained within the constitution by which FTI is governed.  Supporting the development and production of screen projects meets those objectives.
Donations that are received through this program will be consolidated, and passed on as grants to the projects that form part of the program. 
A 5% administration fee on donations will be held by FTI.
Donations can be made on the form inserted into this brochure or by clicking on the “Donate Now” button on the relevant project pages of FTI’s website: https://www.fti.asn.au/phi-donate.
Donors are able to nominate their preferred project and FTI will always attempt to honour their wishes, however Australian tax law stipulates that the final decision about who money will be granted to is FTI’s alone.  Donors will be kept informed of any application of their donation. 
Donations to FTI are unconditional, and donors may not receive any benefit, advantage, right or privilege as a condition of their donation.  Recipients or FTI may acknowledge donors that have supported their projects if the donor agrees to this.
Donations are unable to be refunded – if a project does not proceed for any reason, the application of donated funds will be at the discretion of FTI.  FTI will discuss further options and projects with the donor in this case.
This program is focused on philanthropy as a means of supporting the telling of stories on screen in Western Australia. Investment for a financial return is a different financing source for producers.  FTI advises that we are not registered financial advisors, and that any reference to investment through this program is of a general nature only and in no way constitutes financial advice.  Parties interested in investment in screen projects should seek independent financial and legal advice.  
To enquire about donating to a project or about FTI's Philanthropy Program please email: philanthropy@fti.asn.au or call Ros (FTI, Director of Production) on 9431 6707


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