SAFC commits funds to 27 new projects in first half of 2015

Boys in the Trees_Mushroom Pictures_editorialThe South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) has committed funds to 27 new projects this year through seven initiatives including Production Investment, SA Writers Development Grant, Matched Market Development Investment and Indigenous Initiative.

Five projects received Production Investment Funding including the feature film Boys in the Trees co-produced by Hedone Productions and Mushroom Pictures. Boys in the Trees will commence production in September and is a feature drama that tells the story of two estranged teens begrudgingly finding themselves walking home together on Halloween 1997, and embarking on a surreal journey through their memories, dreams and fears.

Hedone Productions’ producers Kate Croser and Sandy Cameron are graduates of the successful South Australian FilmLab initiative and have been creative collaborators for more than a decade.

Other recipients are Raising the Bar, a feature drama with Disney star Kelli Berglund, Barbecue – a feature documentary exploring barbecue culture around the world, The Panther Within – a broadcast documentary which unravels the mystery surrounding the filmmakers grand-pop, known as the ‘Black Panther’, and Embrace – a feature documentary which endeavours to shift the way women think about their bodies, and in turn, feel about themselves.

South Australian Film Corporation CEO Annabelle Sheehan said funding had been provided to a range of projects to ensure South Australia maintained a diverse screen production and development slate.

“The majority of the funds allocated directly support South Australian production to support strong production activity within the State,” said Ms Sheehan. “SAFC is also providing development opportunities towards future growth with two local companies, dancing road Productions and Epic Films, provided with Seed Company Development funding and eight projects receiving SA Writers Development Grants.

“The SAFC, has allocated funding to three new projects through its Indigenous Initiative – Spin Out, Too Cool and Suzy Betts – as well as partnering with NITV and MRC on five MicroDocs screened recently on NITV.”

In addition Projector Film’s Plan C and Reed Films’ Snake Wars have received funding through the Matched Market Development Investment and Passing the Bone, written by Christopher Houghton and produced by Triptych Pictures’ Julie Byrne,  was chosen for the eQuinoxe Europe Workshop.

For more information and a list of funded projects, visit: www.safilm.com.au for details.

Image: Boys in the Trees – courtesy of Mushroom Pictures

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