Queensland's film culture: The challenges of local film distribution and festival exhibition

Van Hemert, Tess & Ellison, Elizabeth (2015) Queensland's film culture: The challenges of local film distribution and festival exhibition. Studies in Australasian Cinema, 9(1), pp. 39-51.

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Abstract

Organisations at the centre of the state’s industry, such as Screen Queensland, have undergone substantial and ongoing changes in the last five years. Other organisations funded by Screen Queensland, such as QPIX, Queensland’s only film development centre, have recently closed. The Brisbane International Film Festival has been restructured to become the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival as of 2014. In an uncertain industry currently characterised by limited funding and diminishing support structures, local emerging filmmakers require significant initiatives and a sophisticated understanding of how to best utilise fledgling distribution models as part of a tailored strategy for their content. This essay includes interviews with emerging Brisbane filmmakers who have used a combination of traditional and contemporary approaches to exhibition and distribution thus far in their careers. It argues that for these filmmakers, while film festivals do function as crucial platforms for exposure, in the current digital market they cannot be relied upon as the only platform in securing further mainstream or commercial release. They can, however, be incorporated into an alternative distribution model that shows awareness of the contemporary situation in Australia. The research findings are arguably indicative of the challenges faced by filmmakers statewide, and suggest that further support strategies need to be considered to revive Queensland’s film culture and provide immediate support for emerging filmmakers. Queensland’s film sector is currently in the midst of significant change.

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ID Code: 79837
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 03 Feb 2015.
The embargo on the accepted manuscript version will expire on August 2016
Keywords: film festivals, film distribution, Queensland
DOI: 10.1080/17503175.2014.1002269
ISSN: 1750-3175
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Studies in Australasian Cinema on 03 February 2015, available online: http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17503175.2014.1002269
Deposited On: 04 Feb 2015 22:54
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 08:04

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