This is your new world, says Minister Fletcher to producers

The game is far from over, but the Minister's speech at Screen Forever 2021 points to a whole new casino for industry funding.

Day one of Screen Forever, and the afternoon turned very serious with the Zoomed appearance of the Honourable Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts.

The government’s role over the last twelve months is seen in terms of Covid (naturally) and his ‘reform’ agenda, which the industry is still trying to digest. Fletcher emphasised the role of federal agencies in setting up the Covid protocols, and providing the ‘$50 million Temporary Interruption Fund administered by Screen Australia to fill the gap insurers would not. To date the scheme has allowed projects with combined production budgets of over $330 million to start or restart.’

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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.