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Hear about film industry opportunities at the Sustainable Community Festival Saturday 23rd March in the Albany Town Square

Western Australia has been described as “Australia’s outdoor film and television studio” due to its unique locations. In a highly competitive national and international marketplace, what makes Albany and the Great Southern region distinctive? What are the characteristics of a “film friendly” region and how can experiences to date on productions such as Lockie Leonard, H is for Happiness, Rams and now Itch be consolidated to attract more productions to this region? Importantly, how can locally-based talent be fostered to tell stories from this region to the world and strengthen the impact of the creative industries on the economy of the Great Southern region?

Managing Director of Feisty Dame Productions, Producer and Executive Producer Tania Chambers is currently producing the action adventure children’s television series Itch, a Komixx Entertainment production in association with Feisty Dame Productions, which is currently shooting in the Great Southern Region. Proudly producing film and television productions in Western Australia for world audiences, Tania produced the comedy feature A Few Less Men, as well as the comedic thriller Kill Me Three Times, (selected for the Toronto International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival and BFI London International Film Festival). Tania produced the short film Tango Underpants and executive produced the factual series End of Empire and Turning Point, as well as short films One Fine Day, High Tide, Dark Whispers and A Shared Affair. Formerly Chief Executive of funding agencies ScreenNSW and Screenwest, Tania is a Councillor and was formerly Vice President of Screen Producers Australia, is Chairperson of the Western Australian Screen Industry Advisory Group and the Screen Industry Diversity Leadership Group, as well as a Board Member of Perth Festival. Tania was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Arts and to Film and Television in 2016

Peter “Willie” Rowe is Chief Executive Officer at Screenwest.
Willie has enviable experience providing corporate affairs and government relations advice and support to governments, industry and community sectors.As former-WA Premier Colin Barnett’s Chief of Staff and Richard Court’s Director of Policy, Willie has operated at the highest levels of government.
He has direct knowledge of influencing, developing and analysing policy as well as an exemplary network across government, industry and community in Western Australia and Australia.
Now at Screenwest, Willie uses his background of corporate communications, government engagement and issues management to leverage his role as CEO and has a bold vision for his tenure.