Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

21 April 2018

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts

Developing and supporting Tasmania’s thriving film, television and gaming industries

The Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong supporter of our cultural and creative industries, and is committed to the continued growth of our digital content sector.

That is why the Government has invested $68,000 in the latest round of funding to develop and support Tasmania’s thriving film, television and gaming industries.

Tasmanian game developers are already seeing the benefits from previous funding rounds and making a splash on the international stage, with game developer Secret Lab recently working on a game which won three major international awards: adventure game Night in the Woods.

It won a prestigious BAFTA Games Award for best Narrative Game and two Independent Games Festival Competition Awards in San Francisco, including the Seumas McNally Grand Prize.

Additionally, Tasmanian game developer Giant Margarita received worldwide attention in 2016 after Government funding assisted in the creation of Party Golf.  Its rapid rise in popularity has secured its release on the PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam for PCs.

And, Giant Margarita received $15,000 of funding in 2017 through Screen Tasmania to develop Party Crashers, with its early release now available on Steam Early Access.

This is great news that confirms Tasmania’s growing reputation as a cultural and creative industry leader.

We have also launched Upload, the first dedicated development program for interactive screen projects for all digital platforms.

We will continue working with the sector to ensure it can thrive and create more jobs for Tasmanians.

For more information on the latest round of Screen Tasmania funding recipients, visit: http://screen.tas.gov.au/funding_and_support/funding_approvals/2017-2018_financial_year

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