Justin Halliday from Screen Australia gives a rundown on the first twelve months of Screen Australia's Games Fund and some pointers for those looking to apply in the future.
Two months ago, a short documentary about the independent Australian gaming industry made for 'Opening Shot' competition for ABC2 was uploaded onto youtube (embedded below). More than a few people remarked on a specific comment made in the video by Woodley Nye (Hitbox Team) on a headcount of the Australian games industry where Woodley places his estimate at "maybe 500 people total in the country working on games". It had to be much too low of an estimate, they believed.
Federal Arts Minister, Tony Burke, announced today the successful recipients of the Games Enterprise program, part of the $20 million pledged for the Australian Interactive Games Fund announced last November. The program accessors, who include Siobhan Reddy and Rob Murray, chose the following ten local games developers to receive a total of $6 million of funding over the next three years...
As applications to the Games Enterprise program of the Australian Interactive Fund closes today, Screen Australia have announced two new Games industry experts to the games program assessment committee which already includes Screen Australia’s Investment Managers Mike Cowap and Justin Halliday.
It's here! Screen Australia have released the *final* guidelines for its new Interactive and Multi-platform programs. The programs grant over $30 million of funding spread over the next three years for various games development and multi-platform film projects. $20 million of it consists of new Federal Government funding including the Interactive Games Fund and other former programs.
Screen Australia’s Chief Executive, Ruth Harley, commented on the industry feedback which helped shaped the new guidelines...
Screen Australia have released the draft guidelines for their new interactive and multi-platform programs that will commit $30 million worth of funding for the next 3 years with $12 million assigned within the first 12 months. Screen Australia’s Chief Operating Officer, Fiona Cameron, outlines the potential for the growing gaming sector and how these new programs can assist local games developers in taking advantage of that...
Webinar held 18 December 2012 by Screen Australia as part of its consultation around the development of the Australian Interactive Games Fund. For more information visit the Screen Australia website: www.screenaustralia.gov.au/gamesconsult
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image was host yesterday to the Melbourne leg of the public forum for the Interactive Games Fund. It was the first of many to be organised by Screen Australia in a nation-wide open discussion on how to best utilise the new $20 million Interactive Games Fund so that it has a meaningful impact for the local games industry.
Screen Australia have released today the proposed options paper for the Australian Interactive Games Fund and has invited the local games industry for important feedback.
In its capacity as the Federal Government’s key agency for providing support to the screen production sector, Screen Australia has been charged with administering the new $20 million Interactive Games Fund to help build a sustainable base for the Australian interactive entertainment industry. The agency will develop funding guidelines in consultation with the games sector to develop the best possible funding program.