Independent cinema sites throughout Barker have received vital support, as part of the of the Morrison Government’s $20 million Supporting Cinemas’ Retention Endurance and Enhancement of Neighbourhoods (SCREEN) Fund.
Federal Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the grants would support the recovery of independent cinemas from significant declines in revenue due to COVID-19.
“I’m pleased to announce that Cameo Cinema have received a grant of $35,000 as part of the Morrison Government’s $20 million SCREEN Fund,” Mr Pasin said.
“This funding will enable Cameo Cinema to keep operating during a period of severe disruption, which is so important to the fabric of our community.”
Cameo Cinema Daryl Kennett said the Screen Fund has taken huge wait of their shoulders, as they had significant decline in revenue due to the COVID-19.
“This was due to the studios delaying the release of their blockbusters and cinema closures longer than five months. The grant has assisted with the paying of wages, general maintenance, advertising, stock and the overall general running of the cinema,” said Mr Kennett.
Mr Pasin said independent cinemas are so important to the social and cultural health of our communities in Australia, which is why we acted quickly to introduce our $20 million SCREEN Fund.
“Through this fund we are already enabling 158 cinemas to keep operating and to provide a popular, low-cost and COVID-safe way for people to go out and enjoy a movie as part of a community – particularly in regional areas.”
In recognition of the economic, social and national importance of the cultural and creative sector, the Morrison Government is investing over $1 billion into the arts and creative sector in 2021-22.
SCREEN Fund applications are open until 24 December 2021 or until total funds are committed. For more information on the SCREEN Fund, visit: https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/funding-and-support/covid-19-support/screen-fund
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