first_imgNew Screenwest production kicks off Lotterywest Films for Perth Festival The McGowan Government, through Lotterywest, supports Perth Festival with grants totalling $7.3 million Festival season opens with Screenwest-funded production of The FurnaceGrant funding to support core program costs and COVID-19 safety measuresFestival season supports jobs and helps boost the local economy  Premier Mark McGowan will officially present the Perth Festival with a Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund grant of $6.3 million and will announce an additional $1 million in support, at the opening night of the festival’s Lotterywest Films season.The Lotterywest grant will go towards core program costs of the 2021 Perth Festival to celebrate our place by connecting programs and audiences through the Bilya (river) theme.The opening will be celebrated with the Australian premiere of the Screenwest-funded production, The Furnace which features screen legend David Wenham. It will run for one week as part of Lotterywest Films at UWA Somerville, before its national release on December 10, 2020.This support mirrors the $6.3 million Lotterywest grant provided to Screenwest, plus an additional $1 million, which will support growth and success of the WA screen industry.Highway to Hell, Perth Festival’s closing event in 2020, was named a winner at the 2020 Australian Event Awards, with the upcoming festival a chance for art and film to again inspire unity. The full Perth Festival 2021 program runs from February 5-28, 2021.The State Government, through Lotterywest, has been the principal source of funding for Perth Festival since 1991, and has supported the event with grants totalling more than $137 million.Over the past 25 years, Lotterywest grants to Screenwest have totalled $125 million to support a range of local productions including The Furnace.As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:“The artistic influence of Perth Festival and Screenwest productions will play an important role in reinvigorating local arts and events sectors through investments and flow on benefits to people who work in the industry.“This Lotterywest support also expands Perth Festival’s Connect program – an initiative that invests in Western Australian artists and art organisations, with opportunities to engage in the program and work alongside artists to boost jobs and employment opportunities.“Together we turned Canning Highway into the world’s longest stage for the Highway to Hell closing event this year, and I can’t wait to see how Perth Festival will once again unite the WA community in 2021.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Canning, community, covid-19, Economy, employment, festival, Government, industry, Premier, premiere, production, UWA, WA, Western Australialast_img read more