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Lisa O’Meara (Programs & Operations Manager, Screenworks), Mayor David
Wright, Ken Crouch (CEO, Screenworks) and Simon Scott (Strategic Planner, Ballina Shire Council). Photo supplied.

Having made the move from Byron to Ballina, Screenworks is feeling the love for filmmaking in their new home.

Screenworks only recently relocated their growing business to Ballina and already, in support of a flourishing film and media industry, Ballina Shire Council has signed up as a funding partner of Screenworks’ upcoming seminar ‘The Business of Producing’. 

Screenworks CEO Ken Crouch says the seminar, previously held in Byron Bay, is now in its fourth year and will see over 150 visitors converge on Ballina for three days of networking and hearing from industry experts about the practicalities of getting their films to screen or other platforms.

‘The seminar attracts producers at all stages of their careers,’ he says. ‘It is ideal for early career screen producers, content creators and anyone seeking a career in film and television to connect with some of Australia’s best producers and film executives.’

Crouch says it’s encouraging to have Ballina Shire Council as a financial supporter and demonstrates their confidence in what Screenworks are trying to achieve for the local film industry..

The Ballina Shire Economic Development Strategy identifies ‘entertainment’ and ‘creative industries’ as key industry sectors. A study by the Regional Australia Institute identified the region as having a greater prevalence of creative occupations such as media and arts.

Mayor David Wright said that often when we think of economic development we focus on the more conventional industries such as construction and tourism.  He says that there is untapped potential in the creative industries that can contribute significantly to our local economy and social fabric.

‘We’re looking forward to welcoming some of Australia’s most prolific and awarded drama and documentary producers, key decision makers and influencers in the screen industry when they visit our beautiful shire in March.’

Screenworks is a not-for-profit charity providing support, leadership and vision for regional screen industries in Australia. Screenworks’ programs and initiatives support aspiring filmmakers in regional, rural and remote Australia.

‘The Business of Producing’ seminar will be held in Ballina from the 21 to 23 March 2019.

For more information visit screenworks.com.au

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