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Review of programs and guidelines
Draft Program Guidelines 2008/09
INdustry Comments

Comments received Thursday 30 October

From Paul Andersen

Hi folks, I'm an Australian director and writer who submitted suggestions to the 2020 summit. It seems like few of these suggestions have made their way to the draft guidelines (with the exception of expanded slate / infrastructure funding for production companies, and mentoring fellowships).

It's a shame that in the attempt to create a 'globally innovative' film industry, it is proposed to remove funding from less experienced practitioners, the proven mavericks and innovators. In my view, Screen Australia ought to embrace and expand upon the development role of the former AFC, so that our industry develops from the grass roots upward.

I am sending you my original set of suggestions (attached) in the hope that some of them may be addressed before the guidelines are finalised. In my opinion the scope of the draft guidelines needs to be expanded. Both the definition of what can constitute 'development' and the ways in which the organisation may facilitate production may be diversified. This need not mean more funds to more areas, rather a re-allocation of more public support to newcomers, and more incentives for private sector involvement for the more experienced.

It's my view that Screen Australia needs to be in the business of public-private partnerships (such as matched funding), especially in a climate of dwindling public monies. Ultimately, Screen Australia should facilitate the growth of a studio system, engaging directly with the private sector and the market, rather than acting as a cultural steward.

Please refer to the dot points in the attached document. I hope they help!

Download Paul Andersen 2020 PDF

Kindest regards,
Paul Andersen
filmdirector.com.au