Australian film production capability will be showcased in China this week during a delegation visit to discuss opportunities for joint projects.
The mission in Beijing and Shanghai aims to generate sales for Australian filmmakers, identify leads for potential TV and film projects to bring to Australia and influence the development of early stage projects through partnerships and co-productions.
This follows the federal government’s recent announcement of a $140 million Location Incentive to attract more international blockbusters for production in Australia, helping to grow the local industry.
Trade Minister Steven Ciobo said the Incentive, delivered over four years, is estimated to bring in over $260 million a year in new foreign investment to the Australian economy and create more than 3,000 jobs annually for Australian cast members and crew.
“Australia’s screen production industry is recognised globally for its creativity, experienced production companies and sophisticated film making infrastructure,” Mr Ciobo said.
Quality studio facilities
“As a film location, Australia offers a wide variety of talent, scenic locations and quality studio facilities, all supported by Government incentives.”
China produces hundreds of feature films each year, has tens of thousands of cinemas and television audiences of hundreds of millions.
“Australia’s official co-production agreement provides great opportunities for our highly skilled film industry,” said Mr Ciobo.
The Australia-China Film Industry Exchange, organised by Screen Australia and Ausfilm in partnership with Austrade, will feature a series of business roundtables and networking opportunities to strengthen engagement between Australian and Chinese film makers.
Delegates include leaders from state government film and television agencies and senior representatives from Australia’s film production industry, including visual effects, post production and sound production.