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.‘