Tasmanian Filmmakers become shareholders

Today marks the second anniversary of the announcement that Wide Angle Tasmania was saved from closure after a generous donation from a group committed to encouraging new Australian filmmakers.  

To celebrate, Wide Angle Tasmania has launched WAT SHARES – an online platform for filmmakers todevelop film projects, build businesses and learn new screen skills.

Since its foundation in 2005 Wide Angle Tasmania has provided essential skills training, production opportunities and advice to thousands of screen practitioners in the state.  It has enabled the screening of hundreds of Tasmanian films to national and local audiences and offered Tasmania’s only comprehensive production equipment hire service.

In October 2015 Wide Angle announced it would shut its doors following the withdrawal of Screen Australia funding. State Government agency Screen Tasmania was unable to make up the shortfall caused by the loss of Federal Government funding.

The generosity of Wide Angle’s benefactors has provided the operational support and stability for Wide Angle To continue serving the Tasmanian screen sector. Over the past two years, Wide Angle Tasmania has expanded their services:

  • Established Tasmania’s Centre for Screen in South Hobart - a dedicated space for making and watching screen content - with a 70-seat cinema, screening room and library
  • supported 17 mentored screen production opportunities, with $72,000 in cash budgets, $50,000 value of equipment hires, resulting in 3 hours of screen content and 410 screen credits to Tasmanian cast and crew
  • provided professional development to 892 participants

Wide Angle Tasmania’s newest initiative is WAT SHARES -  a time bank for Tasmanian filmmakers to trade their skills and experience.  29 filmmakers have already joined the interactive platform – offering more than 65 hours to help other practitioners learn new skills, develop their project and build their business.  

Wide Angle Tasmania created this platform to increase opportunities, encourage mentoring and build the creative, professional and business capacity of Tasmanian screen practitioners – without the constraints of money.

Executive Director, Abi Binning said that this type of program was an opportunity for filmmakers to connect and share.

“WAT SHARES has been devised to capitalise on the Tasmanian screen sector's greatest strength - our people. We are a community of innovative, generous and ambitious makers who already share our time and resources with incredible generosity. WAT SHARES helps to formalise, broaden and strengthen this informal network. It also addresses some of the key challenges and barriers that exist for many filmmakers.”

Inspired by the many time-banking initiatives around the world that trade time, rather than money, the pilot stage of WAT SHARES has been supported by the Tasmanian Community Fund with additional investment from Wide Angle Tasmania.

Further enquiries and interview requests: Abi Binning, Director - Wide Angle Tasmania

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