With the assistance of ScreenWest, two WA production companies: Vue Group (Bunbury) and Zac Creative (Perth) have signed historic multi-million dollar contracts with Chinese Animation companies to co-produce a series of films for international audiences.
The contract signing took place at the State Theatre Centre of WA on Thurs 12 Dec and was witnessed by WA Culture & the Arts Minister John Day, Screenwest and members of WA’s film industry.
Perth-based ZAC Films will also work with Shanghai Hippo Animation Design Company to co-produce three animated films Jungle Master 2, The Awesomes and Deep Sea, an adventure comedy. The total production budget for these films is expected to exceed $30million.
These deals will create up to 50 new jobs in Bunbury, including an elite team of 25 Australian animators, and provide an estimated $15million boost to the local economy.
WA Culture & the Arts Minister John Day said the agreements were the result of ScreenWest and the Department of State Development’s Perth and China offices establishing strong relationships with the Chinese screen industry.
“The fact that these projects can be created in regional WA and then shown to national and international audiences confirms the strength and diversity of WA’s film industry,”
In his address to the crowd at the contract signing Minister Day also commented that this deal marks the establishment of a strong film animation industry in WA, and is a positive sign of WA’s position as a future leader in the world’s emerging knowledge economies in a time when Australia’s more traditional industries, such a manufacturing, are becoming increasingly unsustainable.