Screenrights announces 2021 cultural funding list

Screenrights Cultural Fund fuels industry change, from New Pasifica Creators to an Impact Teams Lab.
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Screenrights collects and disburses residual and secondary rights, some of which is used to support a modest Cultural Fund. This year it has dedicated $249,600 to seven projects in both Australia and New Zealand. It is a good targeted program, a bit like the right oil on the most important squeak.

The 2021 list focuses on diversity and collaboration, which are closely related anyway. As Diversity Arts Australia Executive Director Lena Nahlous said: ‘Over the past 18 months the screen industry has undergone a cultural reckoning, amplifying public conversations about systemic racism and a lack of diversity in Australia’s screen and media sectors.‘

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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.