Anonymous donation good news for Screenworks project

AN anonymous gift donation to Northern Rivers Screenworks will allow it to fund twice the number of locally produced short films during the second year of its Createability project.

In February this year, Screenworks announced that it had secured funding from the State Government to set up a new initiative called Createability.

Createability provides local artists with disability the opportunity to challenge community attitudes and misconceptions that form barriers to social inclusion, and also provides money and an opportunity for local professional screen workers to produce short films in our region, Screenworks General Manager, Ken Crouch said.

"For a not-for-profit organisation, it is always a good day in the office when you receive a phone call saying thank you for the work you are doing. But it was a special day indeed when we received a call offering a donation to help grow a project that we are so passionate about" said Mr Crouch.

As a result of the goodwill of the donor, who has asked to remain anonymous, Screenworks is now planning to double the number of short films to be produced for the second year of the program.

"Because of this incredibly generous donation and the State Government's commitment to the project, Screenworks will now be able to deliver six short films next year, as well as producing an educational film about captioning or audio description" explained Mr Crouch.

Each of the 3-minute short documentary films being produced for the Createability project profile the work and life of an artist with disability living and creating in the Northern Rivers region.

Each production team selected to produce a Createability short film is allocated a budget of $4,000 to produce its short film.

This year's Createability filmmaking teams have completed filming for each of their short films and are in the final stages of post-production.

The films will be launched in the coming months.

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