A group of screen industry professionals and enthusiasts have banded together to lay the foundations for a flourishing film and television industry for the region.
The Sunshine Coast Screen Collective formed in August last year and the board is actively working towards creating a strategic and business plan to establish opportunities for a sustainable screen industry.
President Livia Hanich says the first step was to create an online resource directory so people looking to hire anyone with industry skills has an easy one-stop shop to visit.
“The region is so spread out that even now when we have networking events and workshops, there are professionals from one end of the Coast who are meeting others from the other end for the very first time,” she says.
“Connection and collaboration through networking will be one of the strongest ways for us to grow this industry. The bigger picture of creating this connectivity within the region is that those outside the region will become more aware of what is available to them here and that would incentivise them to come here and produce content on the Sunshine Coast.”
Ms Hanich says the “blue sky vision” is to establish such a strong industry in the region that interstate and international production teams will see the value of bringing their large-scale projects to the Coast.
“So many creatives like myself choose to live in the region for a lifestyle choice and it would be incredible to be able to live in a this fantastically beautiful part of the work and still work in our chosen profession,” she says.
“We have world-class talent here and we can offer so much from a locations perspective, if we could complement that with sound stages and other infrastructure in the future, a much wider variety of story content could be produced here year-round.”
Ms Hanich is an award-winning TV producer who lived in Los Angeles for 25 years and worked with the likes of Aaron Spelling, Darren Star and Steven Spielberg. She and her family moved to the Sunshine Coast for a more level lifestyle and Ms Hanich now often travels for her work.
To find out more, visit sunshinecoastscreencollective.com.au.