Thursday, April 25, 2024

Fremantle stars in WA screen awards

The winners at this weekend’s 2021 WA Screen Culture Awards will take home a striking new trophy thanks to sponsorship from the City of Fremantle Council.

The awards, produced by the Revelation Perth International Film Festival in collaboration with the WA screen industry, are being presented at a special celebration on Sunday.

The winners will be presented with new handmade timber trophies made from responsibly sourced WA Blackbutt.

Filmmaker, screen industry advocate and previous WASCA winner, Ryan Hodgson, worked with three other Fremantle-based companies to create the new trophies.

“The final design and production of the trophy was a collaboration between Geographik, Squarepeg Home, Artcom Fabrication and myself, and I’m enormously pleased with the result,” Mr Hodgson said.

“I wanted to use a local, sustainable material for the trophy, and I settled on a Western Australian hardwood because timber can be fashioned into things of great beauty or practical, hardwearing things.

“That struck me as a good metaphorical fit for our local screen industry and its diverse and eclectic output.”

Fremantle Mayor, Hannah Fitzhardinge said the sponsorship of the WA Screen Culture Awards was another way the City of Fremantle was supporting the local screen industry.

“Fremantle is a place that encourages innovation and creativity, and is the natural home for the WA screen industry,” Mayor Fitzhardinge said.

“The City of Fremantle welcomes and supports film and television productions through our Film Friendly City Policy, and has been a strong advocate for the creation of major film studio in Fremantle.

“We’re delighted to be supporting the WA Screen Culture Awards, and also showcasing the incredibly skilled Fremantle artisans who produced these beautiful trophies.”    

The support on offer through Fremantle’s Film Friendly Policy includes having a single point of contact at the City of Fremantle to assist film productions with approvals, advice and local information, the Mayor said.

The City will also waive or reduce filming permit fees, provide parking for production vehicles, assist in identifying temporary office space for the production crew and write letters of support to potential funding bodies or other stakeholders, she said.

The level of support offered is based on criteria such as to what extent the film will promote Fremantle as a visitor destination, the size of the production crew and how long they’ll be based in Fremantle, the number of local jobs created and the production’s potential audience.

For more information on the WASCAs please visit WA Screen Culture Awards.

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