Film Victoria brings low budget filmmaking mojo to inclusion and diversity program

The Originate program is a new venture in diversity which brings some agency energy into bespoke development and low budget features.

Film Victoria, in association with Arenamedia and SBS, has announced a joint development initiative climaxing in a $1.5 million low budget feature with a cinema release before a national broadcast. It is called Originate.

Low budget feature programs, with funding from $350,000 to $2.5 million, have proved valuable across Australia when the particular conditions of the local screen communities are appropriate. This is the first time that Film Victoria has engaged so completely with this approach.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.