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Screen Australia’s $20m video games cash injection: what the industry thinks

Screen Australia now has $20 million to fund Australian video games. Daniel Golding asks developers and commentators what impact they think the federal government’s money will have.

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Screen Oz calls cut on funds — drama ends six months early

Australian film and television funding body Screen Australia has spent all its drama budget — six months ahead of the end of the financial year. How could it let the kitty get so low?

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Producer cries foul but Screen Australia rejects conflict allegations

Screen Australia has defended its conflict of interest regime after recent funding decisions that benefited a director and a part-time employee who helps decide which films receive financial support.

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Screen Australia says no conflict over film funding

Screen Australia has defended its most recent feature film funding round against conflict of interest allegations after it bankrolled the projects of a Screen Australia director and an employee charged with assessing which scripts receive cash.

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Australia doesn’t need better films, just better distribution

Australian films only took 3.9% of the domestic box office last year. The Adelaide Film Festival’s outgoing director Katrina Sedgwick argues the entire business model of cinema is changing fast.

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More channels but less local content on Australian TV

Australian content is being diluted by multi-channelling, according to a new Screen Australia report released yesterday.

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Lush cleans up at taxpayers’ expense

Screen Australia is running a fine tooth comb through last week’s landmark Administrative Appeals Tribunal ruling granting official “documentary” status to domestic makeover program Lush House.

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New start for film industry?

Along with new and substantial funding for completed films in the form of a tax rebate, introduced in the final budget of the Howard era, the launch of Screen Australia represents the most significant change to this industry in decades, writes David Curl.

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Arts funding sticks to status quo

There’s no grand Labor arts agenda in sight just yet, but Peter Garrett has left the door open for more youth and regional programming in future, writes Nick Pickard.

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