The Queensland Government is injecting millions of dollars into the entertainment industry in a bid to lure more Hollywood blockbusters to the sunshine state.
We’ve been given another taste of the State Budget and the local film industry appears to be one of the big winners.
A massive $71 million has been earmarked for the industry, making it the biggest funding injection in six years.
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More than $53 million will be going straight towards the State’s Production Attraction Strategy to bring international filmmakers into Queensland.
Those previously lured to the sunshine state by the strategy include blockbusters such as Thor: Ragnarok, Aquaman,
Around $4 million has also been allocated to boost the screen industry in the state’s north, while $10 million over two years has also been put aside for the “Post, Digital and Visual Effects Incentive”.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new funding would cement Queensland’s reputation as a production powerhouse, create jobs and support the state’s economic recovery.
“Queensland attracted more international productions than any other State in 2020 and this funding will help us to attract even more,” the Premier said.
“Our screen success is not an accident, but the result of long-term planning and strategic investment in the industry, led by Screen Queensland.
“It’s also due to how well Queenslanders have managed the COVID pandemic which has made filming here so attractive.
“Through the global pandemic our State has been a safe haven for local and international productions while others were shut down, keeping cameras rolling on COVID-Safe sets.”
Massive productions currently filming in Queensland include Ron Howard’s Thirteen Lives, Season Two of the Amazon Original series The Wilds starring Rachel Griffiths, and The Portable Door, a co-production between Brisbane company Story Bridge Films and the renowned The Jim Henson Company.
The blockbusters keep on coming, with several upcoming productions set to call the sunshine state home.
Those include Joe Exotic, which will kick off filming at Screen Queensland Studios from July, Netflix’s Jessica Watson biopic and the much-anticipated Ticket To Paradise, starring Academy Award winners George Clooney and Julia Roberts.
The full state budget will be handed down at 2pm tomorrow, when further details about the funding will be revealed.