Albany takes a lead role in film attraction

Published on Wednesday, 26 August 2020 at 12:47:21 PM

There could be more lights, cameras and action coming to Albany in the future after Council last night endorsed the City of Albany becoming a Film Friendly City.

It follows the State Government announcing a four-year, $16 million investment to encourage film and television productions in the state’s regions as a boost to local economies.

Albany has grown in popularity as a film location, with recent successful productions including the family-friendly film ‘H is for Happiness’, and children’s television series ‘Itch’.

Formalising the City as Film Friendly will give Albany greater exposure to film production companies as the City will be affiliated with ScreenWest’s promotion of film locations in Western Australia.

It will also include a guideline that provides transparent and consistent parameters for film productions in Albany, and a single point of contact at the City for film companies to seek approvals and other support for local productions.

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said attracting more film and television crews to Albany would bring fantastic economic benefits and continue to raise the profile of Albany as a destination.

“Supporting the screen industry coming into Albany will provide opportunities for local business to collaborate with productions and offer their local services and knowledge to them more regularly,” he said.

“Endorsing this Film Friendly title contributes to the economic development strategy and destination marketing plan for Albany that develops our City as a unique place to live, work and visit.

“We live in a stunning region, with a rugged coastline and spectacular views that offers a breathtaking backdrop for any production uses Albany as a filming location.”

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