Magazine article Screen International

Melbourne's Premiere Fund Gets Government Renewal

Magazine article Screen International

Melbourne's Premiere Fund Gets Government Renewal

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The State Government of Victoria is to renew the Melbourne International Film Festival's MIFF Premiere Fund to the tune of $900,000, to provide strategic minority co-financing to new Australian films that then go on to premiere at MIFF.

"The MIFF Premiere Fund's continuation is clear evidence of the Victorian Government's commitment to supporting Victorian screen culture," said MIFF chair Claire Dobbin.

"The Fund's continuation is important for MIFF, audiences, local filmmakers, and the State's creative economy.

"It generates a pipeline of world premieres for MIFF, and screenings for the MIFF Premiere Regional Showcase, and the Premiere Fund helps MIFF remain the Southern Hemisphere's leading film event."

MIFF industry director and premiere fund executive producer Mark Woods added: "Together with MIFF 37South Market & Accelerator, the MIFF Premiere Fund reinforces Melbourne's position as a creative industries capital.

"Securing finance for independent Australian films is always a challenge and the contribution of the Premiere Fund has helped close the financing gap on some 45 films. …

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