Workshops to help students RISE to new opportunities

More students throughout Queensland will have the opportunity to become budding film directors, with Noosa Film Academy to receive $298,445 for a series of school workshops, Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien announced today.

Academy award-winning film-maker Greg Huglin is visiting high schools to guide students through the scriptwriting, directing, acting and production process to create their own short films, with funding under the third batch of grants from the Morrison Government’s $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

“Greg Huglin has many artistic, creative and technical talents, he is highly regarded and recognised, and this grant will enable more students to learn directly and benefit from his expertise,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Noosa Film Academy is giving students an unparalleled opportunity to obtain first-hand experience using state-of-the-art cameras and movie equipment, and present their own short films that can be used in their digital portfolios.

“This funding will provide critical support to the arts and entertainment sector to create new opportunities for growth, as well as enabling students to explore the possibilities in film-making and learn skills that are in demand in the modern workforce, from content creation to digital storytelling and more.”

Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said the latest RISE grants will begin to flow immediately to 66 organisations across Australia, supporting the arts and entertainment sector to restart, re-imagine or create new cultural and creative activities.

“The arts and entertainment sector is intrinsic to local communities in Wide Bay, supporting cultural expression and social wellbeing, and providing significant employment and economic benefits,” Minister Fletcher said.

“Our investment of $25 million towards 66 projects is our latest commitment to the rejuvenation and long-term sustainability of cultural and creative organisations throughout Wide Bay.”

The investment towards these leading organisations is part of the $100 million the Government has committed through the RISE Fund to date, which has created over 89,000 job opportunities and expanded cultural and creative experiences for audiences across Australia.

The full list of Batch Three RISE recipients will be published by the Office for the Arts in the coming weeks at: www.arts.gov.au/covid-19-update