Film Victoria

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Film Victoria
Agency overview
Formed1981 (1981)
Jurisdiction Victoria State Government
Headquarters Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Annual budgetIncrease2.svgA$31.6 million [1]
Agency executive
  • Ian Robertson, President

Film Victoria is a statutory agency of the Victoria State Government that invests in, and provides support to the film, television, and digital media industries in Victoria, Australia. In the 201920 annual report, Film Victoria announced it had directly invested in 67 projects totalling $864,119. [1]



Film Victoria was created as "a new statutory authority to be responsible for Government activities related to the production and distribution of film in Victoria including film for educational purposes", under an Act of the Victorian Parliament introduced by the Hon. Norman Lacy, Minister for the Arts, on 6 October 1981, known as the Film Victoria Act 1981. [2] The Act provided for Film Victoria to be established by the amalgamation of the Victorian Film Corporation (as it had been constituted initially in 1976), the State Film Centre and sections of the Audio Visual Resources Branch of the Education Department of Victoria. The purpose of the amalgamation was to avoid the unnecessary duplication of functions by the three organisations; to enhance the capacity of the Government to meet the present and future media needs of Victorians; to simplify access to film materials and to enlarge the benefits to be derived from the use of such materials. [3]

In 1997 the functions of Film Victoria were amalgamated with those of the State Film Centre, to form Cinemedia Corporation, under the Cinemedia Corporation Act 1997. In 2001 the Cinemedia Corporation was abolished and Film Victoria and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) were established as separate statutory authorities.[ citation needed ]

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  1. 1 2 Robertson, Ian (August 2020). "Film Victoria Annual Report 2019–20" (PDF). Film Victoria. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  2. The Second Reading Speech on the Film Victoria Bill presented to the Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of Victoria by the Hon. Norman Lacy MP, Minister for the Arts and Minister of Educational Services, on 6 October 1981.
  3. ibid page 2