Screenworks is a not-for-profit organisation that provides support, leadership and vision for the regional screen industries in Australia.
The principal object of Screenworks is to promote and advance the screen industry in regional, rural and remote Australia, with a focus on the industry cluster in the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
Our principal activities is to provide screen-related development and networking opportunities, programs and initiatives specifically designed to support people living in regional, rural and remote Australia.
We are a home-grown not-for-profit, membership based association managed by a board of volunteer directors that provide industry, management and screen industry knowledge and experience.
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Screenworks supports and provides leadership for the development of an innovative, vibrant and sustainable regional screen industry (film, television, online, games and apps), with a particular focus on the Northern Rivers region of NSW.
We do this by providing professional development and networking opportunities and services for screen content creators and workers, which are delivered in the Northern Rivers and beyond.
We promote Northern Rivers-based screen projects, events and people and our unique regional cluster to the NSW, national and international industry via our communications and marketing strategies.
We also assist local and non-local productions in the Northern Rivers region through location and crew referral services, and stimulate screen culture by promoting screenings and discussion of local and Australian films for the broader community.
WHAT WE DO
Professional and industry development
Each year, we deliver a diverse and relevant range of professional development workshops, seminars and events covering the business and creative sides of all aspects of the Australian screen industry. Demand for and attendance at our professional development programs/events continues to grow annually and remains high, which has been demonstrated by solid attendance at recent Screenworks’ events and the quality of presenters agreeing to speak at our events.
Industry connections and opportunities
Our industry development activities deliver opportunities, connections and benefits for the regional screen industry. Our rigorous market driven approach to concept/ project development supports both established professional and emerging practitioners as they develop projects and we match make them with market partners. Our program includes pitching opportunities, incubators and mentoring opportunities with visiting and local industry professionals and market representatives.
Crew referrals and location support
We work closely with Create NSW’s Production Attraction Unit and others to work towards increasing screen-related jobs and opportunities in the Northern Rivers. We assist both local and non-local productions in the Northern Rivers region by providing location and crew referral services.
Promotion and communications
Screenworks promotes local screen productions, projects, events and people to national and international networks via our communications and marketing strategies (refer to one-year operational plan for marketing and engagement plan).We provide regular industry updates, local news and access to national and state industry policy, funding rounds and opportunities via events, e-newsletters and website updates.
Screenworks provides a voice at regional, state, national and international levels on behalf of screen practitioners in regional, rural and remote Australia. We act as a bridge between the regional screen industry and screen agencies’ markets and networks at all levels, and we help shape the future of the industry by keeping regional practitioners informed of trends and opportunities.
As a regionally based cultural organisation, Screenworks acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander custodians of the lands in the Northern Rivers region of NSW and pay our respect to the Elders both past and present.