The art film related Hive Production Fund has announced its first films to receive funding.
The Hive Production Fund was launched in February. The aim of the fund is for filmmakers and artists work on single art film projects.
The fund has received significant support. Originally set up between the ABC and Adelaide Film Festival, each contributing $200,000. The Australia Council came on board in July also donating $200,000.
An additional $70,000 has been committed by the Adelaide Film Festival through its Film Investment Fund.
Director of the Adelaide Film Festival Katrina Sedgwick said: “It is important the silos get broken down between film and the rest of the arts. The calibre of these projects and collaborators illustrate the potential for ground-breaking new work to be created for the screen when we facilitate new conversations between diverse practitioners and offer different funding avenues to enable these cross-pollinations.
Three quite different productions have received the funding:
The first is Tender, a 60 minute documentary by producer Kath Shelper (Samson and Delilah) and directed by visual artist Lynette Wallworth.
The second is I Want To Dance Better At Parties, produced by Rebecca Summerton, directed by Matthew Bate (Shut Up Little Man, Stunt Love) with Gideon Obazarnek (ex Chunky Move artistic director) as creative director.
The Boy Castaways is third. Directed by Michael Kantor (Ex Malthouse Theatre artistic director) it’s a rock musical dramatic feature film. Produced by Jo Dyer (Lucky Miles) and Stephen Armstrong (Ex Malthouse executive producer) with Robert Connolly (Romulus My Father) as executive producer.
The Hive Production Fund came out of The Hive Lab, a five day workshop between filmmakers and artists held earlier this year.