The 2020 federal budget has allocated A$53 million towards Australian screen production.
The funding comes attached to policy reforms harmonising incentives across film and television production and removing requirements for films to play in cinemas.
Arts minister Paul Fletcher argues “the old approach of treating film and television differently no longer makes sense” and “simplifying regulations” will encourage creators to develop higher production value content for international streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
But producers fear this will spell the end for Australian-made films and feature documentaries in cinemas.
Responding to the policy changes, film producer and distributor Sue Maslin AO tells me:
This announcement brings an end to producers like myself continuing to invest our time, money, blood, sweat and tears in developing features and forces us to focus on digital platforms in an unregulated environment where to date there has been negligible commissioning by streamers and no