Media release - Keeping the projectors rolling at local independent cinemas

Keeping the projectors rolling at local independent cinemas

 

Around $290,000 in grants has been allocated to several of Brisbane’s independent cinema sites, as part of the Morrison Government’s $20 million SCREEN Fund (Supporting Cinemas’ Retention Endurance and Enhancement of Neighbourhoods).

 

More than $8.7 million will go to 158 independent cinema sites across the country to keep operating and to provide a popular, low-cost and COVID-safe way for people to go out and enjoy a movie as part of a community - particularly in regional areas.

Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General, Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations and Assistant Minister for Women, Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker said the grants will support the recovery of independent cinemas from significant declines in revenue due to COVID-19.

 

“This funding will help Brisbane’s independent cinemas to keep operating during a period of severe disruption,” said Senator Stoker.

 

“Independent cinemas are vital to the social and cultural health of our communities and that’s why we acted quickly to introduce our $20 million SCREEN Fund.”

 

Administered by Screen Australia, the fund assists independent cinema operators who have experienced significant declines in revenue due to the pandemic, with one-off business continuity grants of up to $85,000.

 

In recognition of the economic, social and national importance of the cultural and creative sector, the Morrison Government is investing over $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021-22.

 

SCREEN Fund applications are open until 24 December 2021 or until total funds are committed. For more information on the SCREEN Fund, visit: https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/funding-and-support/covid-19-support/screen-fund

 

The list of approved SCREEN Fund grants to date is below:

 

Dendy Cinema Coorparoo

QLD

$85,000.00

Cineplex Hawthorne 4

QLD

$60,000.00

Cineplex Balmoral

QLD

$60,000.00

Cineplex Southbank5 - 167 Grey Street Southbank

QLD

$85,000.00

 

 

 

 

ENDS

 

Media contact: Valeria Cheglov  0438 494 351 / Patrick Hannaford 0424 625 518