SAFC defies national film glums to reboot low budget features

The South Australian Film Corporation launches another low budget feature initiative as it glocalises content.

Regional film agencies juggle the need to bring in external productions, mainstream local production companies and develop new, compelling talents. There’s a lot of trade-offs and choices, which depend on historic strengths.

Between 2009 and 2012, the original SAFC Film Lab program supported 52 Tuesdays, Shut Up Little Man, The Infinite Man, One-eyed Girl and Inner Demon to completion.The Closer Films Team, Julie Byrne, David Ngo, Christopher Houghton, Ashlee Page and Hugh Sullivan are among the beneficiaries. Indeed, the current CEO of the SAFC, Kate Croser credits the scheme as a valuable part of her career.

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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.