Brisbane City Council announces $50,000 short film fund for local filmmakers

The Brisbane City Council has launched a $50,000 short film fund for local filmmakers, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced.

The fund will include five $10,000 grants to assist in post-production and marketing of Brisbane short films. The fund will be managed by Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA).

“The APSA Brisbane Short Film Fund offers a tremendous opportunity for Brisbane filmmakers to complete their films with high-end post-production, or market their work to film festivals around the world,” Quirk said.

“As a new world City, Brisbane is fast-becoming a hub for film business and I’m thrilled the Asia Pacific Screen Awards are growing their role in supporting and connecting the local industry.

“Alongside this exciting new initiative, the awards have been a driving force in attracting film business conferences, including the upcoming World Congress of Science and Factual Producers.”

It comes as Queensland looks to position itself as a ‘film-friendly’ state.

APSA Chairman Michael Hawkins said mid-career filmmakers should apply for the fund.

“In addition to the funding, the recipients will be invited to participate in the APSA Industry Program, which features a suite of workshops and masterclasses in the lead up to the awards,” Hawkins said.

“We’re delighted to welcome new Brisbane filmmakers into the APSA story and ready to offer recipients the opportunity to build their skills and expand their networks to the co-production rich Asia Pacific region.”

Fiction, animation, documentary and youth up 15-minutes are all eligable. Applicants must be a resident of Brisbane and have at least one on-screen credit on a film that has screened at a film festival.

Applications for the APSA Brisbane Short Film Fund will close on October 26.


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