Wide Angle Tasmania to close June 2016

MEDIA RELEASE 27/10/15 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WIDE ANGLE TASMANIA TO CLOSE

It is with considerable disappointment and regret that the Board of Wide Angle Tasmania has announced that the state’s screen resource organization will close in June, 2016.

With Screen Australia funding to cease at the end of this year and Screen Tasmania offering reduced rather than increased funding, the Board has decided that there is no viable way for Wide Angle Tasmania to continue in the long term.

Wide Angle's Board and Management have spent the past eighteen months scoping alternative business models.  The Board has determined that WAT’s slate of activities can only be delivered by a not-for-profit organization, which requires appropriate government support.  All other alternatives dilute or conflict directly with our core mission of encouraging, developing and supporting emerging screen practitioners in Tasmania.

Chair, Tony De Cesare said, “Government support for our not-for-profit organization has helped to deliver impressive results for the screen sector over the past 10 years – it’s the right model for service delivery.  We see no working alternatives that allow us to continue to deliver tangible benefits to the local screen community.”

General Manager, Abi Binning explained “we have announced the decision now so that we can focus on delivering opportunities and projects in the short-term that create maximum impact on the long term futures of our members.” The Step-Up Film Initiative, TASshorts on SCREEN and Raw Materials will continue unaffected.

Wide Angle Tasmania - Background
Established in 2005, Wide Angle Tasmania (WAT) is the state’s screen development organisation. WAT works to create a vibrant, diverse and renewable screen culture in Tasmania.  WAT’s mission is to encourage, develop and support emerging screen practitioners in Tasmania

WAT is a not-for-profit organisation that nurtures local talent by providing advice, training, access to film production equipment and production initiatives. With over 800 members, WAT helps connect filmmakers and offers a vibrant screening programme throughout the year.

FOR MORE INFORMATION or INTERVIEWS PLEASE CONTACT Abi Binning at WIDE ANGLE TASMANIA
ON 6223 8344 / 0437 987 003 /
info@wideangle.org.au / www.wideangle.org.au