No love for the agencies

“‘The Australian film industry has a top-heavy structure and the money goes to the people at the top.”

Producer Brendan Sloane is disappointed in the Australian film industry financing system.

He told The Canberra Times that filmmakers should be “aware of what they’re up against” when they send their projects to the funding bodies, because they’ll be “looked up as competition”.

Sloane’s project The Dinner Party is currently screening at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra. Its national release through PackScreen was cancelled last year.

The producer went on to suggest that bureaucrats “are using these positions to fund their own films”.

What should the agencies do to change the perception of a “club” where only certain practitioners get funding? How can their processes be more transparent to eliminate these rumours?


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