The Australian governmentagency with responsibility for developing features has to go in search of a newchief executive now that Kim Dalton has been made director of television atpublic broadcaster the ABC.
The Australian FilmCommission (AFC) has only just appointed Chris Fitchett to head filmdevelopment, a division that spends about $12.8m (A$17m) of the $40.6m (A$54m)annual budget, and the news of Dalton's departure means a lot more change is onthe way.
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In the 12 months to June 30last year, the AFC received 578 applications for individual features andapproved 81 of them. This funding was for just one or multiple drafts, for veryearly seed development or to match investment from third parties. An additional18 features received assistance through grants to producers across a slate ofprojects and a few others were assisted via people-focused professionaldevelopment grants.
The AFC also supports newmedia, documentary and a limited amount of television projects, as well asmarketing, industry and cultural development and research.
He takes up the new role inlate February. Before joining the AFC, he held senior executive roles at BeyondInternational, Film Finance Corporation