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Do government film subsidies add up? Well, Yes and No...

Do government film subsidies add up? Well, Yes and No... | Filmbelize | Scoop.it

Most people enjoy a movie. But should the government pay for a local screen industry?

 

Since the early 1970s, the answer to that question has been “yes”. Before Phillip Adams and Barry Jones convinced John Gorton to start funding Australians to make movies, the majority of the television and essentially all of the movies consumed by Australians were made overseas. Australia has developed a significant local screen industry since, but it’s been highly dependent on government funding.

 

While successive governments, both conservative and Labor, have trumpeted the value of federal subsidies in creating a “sustainable” local industry, in truth the whole sector is heavily reliant of both regulations, such as local content quotas for television drama, and subsidies for film production, such as the production offset.

 

The best example of the unsustainability of Australian screen is the Film Finance Corporation, a government-owned film funding agency set up in 1988. Unlike Screen Australia and its predecessor, the Australian Film Commission, the FFC was supposedly set up along commercial lines — investing in profitable films and using the proceeds to plough back into the local industry.

 

It didn’t work. By the time the FFC was wound up in 2008 it had invested about $1.345 billion in local productions. It made back only $274 million, for an investment loss of more than $1 billion. As the old saying goes, a billion here, a billion there — pretty soon you’re talking about real money.

In many artforms, small government investments reap huge returns in artistic and social outcomes. But this investment is ultimately taxpayers’ money. As with all government spending, we all have a right to to ask whether that’s money well spent.

 

Labor backbencher Ed Husic made just that point this week, questioning the $21 million being spent on Hollywood feature 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The federal government is spending the money in order to lure a big overseas studio to produce the drama at Sydney’s Fox Studios. Husic publicly wondered whether the money would be better spent on an MRI machine for his local hospital in Sydney’s west.


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Villa Habet Exclusive Belizean Mansion - YouTube

This Beautiful 7-Bedroom, 10 Bathroom, 15,000 sq. ft. Seafront Villa is immaculately finished, sits on a manicured 1.34 acre lot (plus another 1/2 acre behin...
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This beautiful home is the pride of the Belizean real estate community it's available for your production needs if you ever want to film in Belize.

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Paan Yaad Steel Band Concert will be held in Belize City on Thursday 9-19-2013

Paan Yaad Steel Band Concert will be held in Belize City on Thursday 9-19-2013 | Filmbelize | Scoop.it

Paan Yaad Steel Band Concert is certainly an event that will have you moving in your seat to the beats they play. 

 

This years event will be no different and will surely get you in the spirit to dance.

 

Take a look at a previous event for Paan Yaad: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MxrzpreAJo

 


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The hidden beauty of Garifuna Belize

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Moonlight drum gatherings, traditional cassava bread demonstrations, parties on Settlement Day. Garifuna culture adds life to a Belize vacation.

 


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Destination Bachelor Party in San Pedro Belize

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All this talk about destination bachelor /bachelorette parties got me thinking about how perfect San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize is for such an event. Let's face it, here, we drink a lot. We sleep late a lot, we are on “island ...

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Belize Official Flag Raising Ceremony Celebrating 32 Years of Independence

Belize is a small Central American nation that has alot in common with the Caribbean. This year Belize celebrated its 32nd Anniversary of its Independence fr...

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Dügü dancing on Harvest Caye?

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Norwegian reps say new destination island to highlight Garifuna culture A US$50 million project planned for the southern island of Harvest Caye, which straddles the districts of Toledo and Stann Creek, continues to stir controversy in the tourism...

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Not All Is Good With Norwegian Cruise Lines Future Belize Port

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A special feature showing that not everything is as good as it seems with NCL's Harvest Caye Development in Belize

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Report: Belize Players Asked to Fix Match

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Explosive accusations are afoot in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament, as three members of the Belize national team have stepped forward, claiming they were approached about losing their Tuesday-night contest against the United States on purpose...

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Spreading the word - getting young people out sailing in Belize

Spreading the word - getting young people out sailing in Belize | Filmbelize | Scoop.it
I have recently returned from a holiday in Belize where I became a full member of the Belize Sailing Association (BzSA).

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The BBC at Carrie Bow Caye, Belize

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here we are at Carrie Bow Caye (CBC) with the BBC, deep into filming these amazing hermit crab behaviors. When we arrived on-island, my jaw dropped at the sheer amount of film gear they had transported. These hermit crabs were truly going to be movie stars!


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A Motionnine Cage Saved My Panasonic GH4 & My Moviemaking Career

A Motionnine Cage Saved My Panasonic GH4 & My Moviemaking Career | Filmbelize | Scoop.it

The smaller and lighter that hybrid movie/stills cameras become and the more they settle into their niches in professional moviemaking, the more the need for rigging them up for securely attaching accessories like microphones, monitors and recorders.[adrotate group=”6″]One form of... http://blog.planet5d.com/2014/12/a-motionnine-cage-saved-my-panasonic-gh4-my-moviemaking-career/


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Location Managers Guild of America announce inaugural LMGA AWARDS for outstanding LOCATION PROFESSIONALS

Location Managers Guild of America announce inaugural LMGA AWARDS for outstanding LOCATION PROFESSIONALS | Filmbelize | Scoop.it

On Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Writers Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills, the inaugural LMGA Awards will acknowledge Outstanding Achievement in Locations. We will recognize the creative contributions of Location Professionals, stressing our importance to the process of movie making. We are accepting domestic and international nominations for works that demonstrate the significance of locations in supporting character development and storyline.

 

Individual awards will be given to outstanding location professionals in feature films, TV programs and commercials. These accolades were created to honor location professionals who excel in their craft, and whose work is visually evident in the final product.

 

Additional awards will be given for outstanding film commission as well as to producers, studio or production company for outstanding location feature film or TV program.

 

Honorary Awards, given at the discretion of the LMGA Board of Directors, will include the Humanitarian, Life Time Achievement, and Eva Monley Award. Click on the digital version of the LMGA Compass to read why the remarkable Eva Monley inspired an award in her honor.


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Why I Hate School But Love Education||Spoken Word

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“Doctor! Doctor!” in Ambergris Caye, Belize. | Belize- building a new ...

“Doctor! Doctor!” in Ambergris Caye, Belize. | Belize- building a new ... | Filmbelize | Scoop.it
Chronicles of an ex pat building a house in Ambergris Caye, Belize. ... Chronicles of an ex pat building a house in Ambergris Caye, Belize. Menu. Skip to content. Home · “Doctor! Doctor!” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

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The hidden beauty of Garifuna Belize

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Moonlight drum gatherings, traditional cassava bread demonstrations, parties on Settlement Day. Garifuna culture adds life to a Belize vacation.

 


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Inspiring Belize's future environmental stewards

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Help us to inspire the next generation to protect the incredible diversity of life found in our small corner of Central America

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10th of September Parade in Belize 2013

Here is a quick overview of the ceremony and parade that was held on the 10th of September for the Battle of Saint George's Caye Day in Belize. Would you lik...

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Belize Archaeological diving feature

A feature about the archaeological work being done at Cara Blanca pools in Belize.


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It was all about Lobster in Belize this weekend in Caye Caulker and Placencia

It was all about Lobster in Belize this weekend in Caye Caulker and Placencia | Filmbelize | Scoop.it

It was all about #Lobster this weekend in Caye Caulker and Placencia at their annual Lobsterfest in #Belize.

I wish you all had smellovision because the air was filled with smell of delectable grilled lobster everywhere you walked.

Please feel free to: Like ✔ Tag ✔ Comment ✔ Share ✔

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Sunset in Belize - photo taken from Admiral's Bay Restaurant and Bar

Sunset in Belize - photo taken from Admiral's Bay Restaurant and Bar | Filmbelize | Scoop.it

This is a photograph that I took yesterday evening's sunset as we were wrapping up a fashion photoshoot for our Weekly Top Model that's published in the Belize Times Newspaper.The scenery from Admiral's Bay Restaurant and Bar is certainly amazing so I had to share it with you all.


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