Queensland budget to give screen industry a leg up

By Melissa Coade

Monday June 14, 2021

Queensland’s film, television and games production industry gets a $71 million injection. (Image: Adobe/gnepphoto)

A $71 million injection into Queensland’s film, television and games production industry was announced by the premier on Monday.

Annastacia Palaszczuk said the funding, which will be included in Tuesday’s state budget, was part of her economic recovery plan to continue growing the screen industry in Queensland.

A break down of the 2021-22 budget allocation to the industry includes:

  • $53 million over two years for PAS to deliver a pipeline of international and domestic productions, with broad economic benefits for homegrown screen creatives and companies   
  • $4 million over two years allocated to the Screen Finance Fund for domestic film, television and games production
  • $4 million over four years for the new North Queensland Regional Program, to grow screen opportunities in the north
  • $10 million over two years for the Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Incentive.

The premier credited the strength of the state’s screen industry to long-term planning and strategic investment by Screen Queensland. She added that the impact of COVID-19 on the global screen industry also resulted in many local and international productions coming to Queensland to continue their projects on COVID-safe sets. 

“It’s also due to how well Queenslanders have managed the COVID pandemic which has made filming here so attractive,” Palaszczuk said.

“Now we’re taking the next step, building on the overwhelming interest and momentum in our screen sector with this new funding.”

Among the upcoming productions to take place in Queensland are ‘Joe Exotic’, filming at Screen Queensland Studios from July; and ‘Ticket To Paradise’, starring Academy Award winners George Clooney and Julia Roberts. 

Queensland productions filming right now include Ron Howard’s ‘Thirteen Lives’, Season Two of the Amazon Original series ‘The Wilds’ starring Rachel Griffiths, and ‘The Portable Door’, a co-production between Brisbane company Story Bridge Films and the renowned The Jim Henson Company.

Kylie Munnich, CEO of Screen Queensland said that the budget funding provided an important economic boost to regional Queensland — with a significant spend in the north of the state and the screen practitioners who live there. 

“Building a sustainable industry, which attracts and retains the best and brightest talent in our state, is core to the Screen Queensland mission,” Munnich said.

“Particularly exciting for the local post-production sector is the increase to 15% for the PDV Incentive, making Queensland the most competitive state for post-production work on the east coast.”

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