Expanding upon the significance of the Screen Queensland Studios, Cairns, the Queensland Government emphasises its commitment to fostering long-term benefits for the region’s communities and its dedication to amplifying the advantages that the studio and increased screen production will bring to the community.

Screen Queensland CEO Jacqui Feeney said, “As we inaugurate Screen Queensland Studios, Cairns, we celebrate the culmination of the Queensland Government’s investment and multi-year commitment to bolstering North Queensland’s vibrant screen industry.”

Poised to parallel the success of the Gold Coast screen industry, the Queensland Government made substantial investments towards the construction and operational costs of the studio facility on top of incentive and funding programs to drive economic growth, employment and tourism in the North and Far North Queensland communities.

The Gold Coast has emerged over many years to become a leading global production hub with a renowned crew base thanks to backing from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland’s competitive incentives. Screen Queensland Studios, Cairns is a key investment from the state government to help cater to increased demand for screen production in Queensland from local, national and international producers, while also ensuring that North and Far North Queensland communities can also experience the many benefits of a robust screen sector.

Beyond the $12.6 million infrastructure, the focus extends to employment opportunities, stimulating economic growth for small businesses, enhancing cultural tourism and cultivating the diverse range of local screen stories.

Aaron Fa’Aoso, Screen Queensland Board Member and part of the Studio Implementation Committee said “This exceptional studio marks the dawn of a new era for the Far North Queensland screen sector, a testament to the remarkable achievements that can be realised when passion and purpose align. Today, as we celebrate this significant milestone, we lay a solid foundation upon which to build a vibrant future for our industry.

“Let this be a reminder of the boundless possibilities that lie ahead, and let our shared vision inspire generations to come. Together, we shall continue this incredible journey, fuelled by our unwavering dedication and the promise of a thriving future for the screen industry in Far North Queensland.”

The inclusion of four screen businesses as inaugural tenants further solidifies the studio’s role as a catalyst for local industry growth. By providing a platform for these businesses to thrive and expand their reach, the Screen Queensland Studios, Cairns, not only serves as a physical space for production but also as a vibrant community hub for collaboration and innovation.

The creative tenancies have been secured by three local Cairns businesses — acclaimed First Nations production company Lone Star Productions, casting agency Platinum Talent Management and AV specialists Wallfly — and expanding interstate business, camera and equipment providers Lemac Film & Digital, who will begin moving into the facility at Plath Close, Portsmith from May.

Tenants’ services will complement the studio facilities, which include a 1,070 sq metre sound stage, production offices, editing suites, a sound recording studio, construction and wardrobe spaces, as well as an event space.

Jacqui Feeney concludes, “These studios aren’t just soundstages, they are incubators of creativity, empowerment, and economic growth, poised to propel Queensland’s screen sector to new heights.”

The Queensland Government continues its unwavering commitment to driving economic growth, fostering employment opportunities, and promoting cultural exchange in North and Far North Queensland. Recognising the studio as a cornerstone of long-term development, the government sends a clear message of confidence in the region’s potential to emerge as a powerhouse in the global screen industry landscape.

Explainer/fast fact and or further information:
● Construction on the $12.6 million development commenced in March 2023 by local company Richard Field Constructions, creating around 300 employment opportunities.
● The Queensland Government has allocated an additional $7.95 million over six years for operational costs.
● Screen Queensland Studios, Cairns will become a vital creative hub for the region and lure more valuable productions to Queensland.
● The complex includes a 1,070sq metre sound stage, production offices, editing suites, sound recording studio, construction, wardrobe facilities and an events space.
● Four creative tenancies have been secured by camera and equipment providers Lemac Film & Digital, acclaimed First Nations production company Lone Star Productions, casting agency Platinum Talent Management and AV specialists Wallfly.
● Screen Queensland’s $4 million, multi-year North Queensland Regional Program is growing the region’s capacity and capability for screen production through opportunities for screen practitioner skills development, funding for local screen businesses and events to foster industry connections.
● Initiatives include the $250,000 NQ Enterprise fund, SBS Food series Tastes of the Tropics, NQ Authentic with ABC, and the NQ New Online Voices initiative in partnership with Screenworks and Screen Australia.
● Screen Queensland also launched the Film Intensive Script to Screen initiative in 2023 to train 30 new writers and below-the-line crew from the region, run in partnership with Essential Screen Skills, Kolperi Outback Filmmaking and Screen Well. The participants are currently filming three short films.
● Locally-made productions supported by Screen Queensland in North and Far North Queensland include international Netflix hit Love is in the Air starring Delta Goodrem, upcoming US feature film Wizards!, Stan Original drama Black Snow, SBS Food cooking and cultural series Strait to the Plate, ABC documentary series The Black Hand, feature documentary Beyond The Reef, reality series Australian Survivor: Blood V Water, Emmy-winner Puff: Wonders of the Reef and romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

ABOUT SCREEN QUEENSLAND
Screen Queensland is the state government-owned agency investing in locally made films, series and digital games, and attracting international and interstate production and post-production. The agency runs career-building initiatives for practitioners around the state and supports film festivals and industry events and conferences such as Screen Forever, Asia Pacific Screen Awards and the AACTA Awards and Festival. Screen Queensland is deeply committed to uplifting the voices of Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and increasing diversity on and off screen. Recently supported productions include Bluey, Eden, Apples Never Fall, Mortal Kombat 2, Elvis, Thirteen Lives, Ticket to Paradise, The Portable Door, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, Nautilus, Land of Bad, Boy Swallows Universe, Black Snow, How to Make Gravy, Audrey, In Limbo, Scarygirl, Rebels with a Cause, Strait to the Plate, Rock Island Mysteries, True Spirit, In Our Blood, Limbo, Love is in the Air and digital games Unpacking, My Little Pony: Mane Merge, Servonauts, Mowing Mazes and Cities: Skylines – Remastered.
Screen Queensland also operates Screen Queensland Studios, Brisbane, with a Cairns facility set to open in early 2024.

For more information about funding programs, incentives, locations and facilities, visit
https://screenqueensland.com.au/screen-queensland-studios-cairns/

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