WA’s lead screen development organisation Screenwest will receive additional funding from Lotterywest while marking a 25 year partnership between the two organisations.
The State Government will contribute an additional $7.5 million to Screenwest announced at the WA Maritime Museum last night, ahead of a special screening of retrospective short films from the past 25 years, celebrating the anniversary of their partnership.
The State Government has contributed more than $100 million to Screenwest for a range of local productions and initiatives.
Through Lotterywest, it has enabled Screenwest to develop more than 460 Western Australian feature films, television shows and documentaries over the past two and a half decades, including films Red Dog and Paper Planes.
Screenwest funded 59 productions in 2016-17 alone with the support of Lotterywest, resulting in $69 million in production value for the State.
WA productions have boosted the state’s economy with skills development and jobs through on set opportunities and wider complementary industries including hospitality and construction.
Western Australia is the only State where money raised from lottery products is distributed directly back to the community.
The funds support organisations that enhance the quality of life for all Western Australians.
Premier Mark McGowan said the partnership between Screenwest and Lotterywest had been a strong relationship for the past 25 years.
“Congratulations to Screenwest and Lotterywest as they celebrate their strong partnership. A quarter of a century is a significant milestone and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of Lotterywest’s dedicated retail network and the WA community.”
“Through this partnership, Screenwest continues to produce and promote quality storytelling that delivers significant social, cultural and economic benefits to our local community.”
He said it was only made possible through Lotterywest.
“Lotterywest’s support of organisations like Screenwest is only possible because of the sales efforts of Lotterywest retailers, and of course, those who play Lotterywest games.”