19/05/2017 - 15:04

Screenwest to combine with FTI

19/05/2017 - 15:04

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Screen funding and development agency ScreenWest has announced plans to amalgamate the Film & Television Institute WA.

Screenwest to combine with FTI

Screen funding and development agency ScreenWest has announced plans to consolidate the Film & Television Institute WA.

In a statement today, FTI chair Mitchell Wells said the not for profit was facing an uncertain future funding environment and the move would provide certainty to emerging filmmakers.

The structural consolidation into Screenwest was one of the options raised at FTI's annual general meeting on April 27, as the organisation approached the June 30 end to its Department of Culture and the Arts grant with no new source of core funding lined up.

The Department of Culture and the Arts will now support FTI to wind down the organisation and transition the core screen programs to Screenwest.

FTI has reassured its members that any recently advertised activities, events and workshops that it has organised will be going ahead as planned.

“FTI’s role in supporting independent and emerging screen sector practitioners over the past 45 years cannot be questioned,” Mr Wells said.

“We broke new ground in bringing screen culture to the community, providing access to tools and knowledge needed by screen practitioners, bringing a sense of community to the sector, celebrating the achievements and excellence of our best and brightest through the WASAs, or just being there to give guidance on projects and careers.

“I would like to acknowledge the FTI board and staff and thank them for their professionalism in what has been a tough few years.”

Screenwest chair Janelle Marr said emerging filmmakers would be consulted and supported with programs specific to their needs.

Screenwest funded FTI to run programs supporting emerging and early career filmmakers,” she said.

“Moving forward, Screenwest is committed to these funds continuing to go towards this sector in an effective, efficient and strategic manner.

“During the next six months we will consult with the emerging screen sector to ensure this occurs.

Screenwest will provide a range of early career programs including short film initiatives; mentorships, coaching and advice; and skills development short courses.

“These programs are essential to developing a strong, viable and evolving local screen sector.

“Short films are pivotal in discovering emerging talent and allowing filmmakers to learn their craft through practical experience. We will work with FTI to make sure there’s no gap in the delivery of these programs.”

In December, it was announced that Screenwest would transition from a government agency to a to become an independent not-for-profit ‘company limited by guarantee’ by July this year.

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