The inaugural Tapped By Otherside 2018 Film Grant is now open for entries.

The 2018 Film Grant brings together Otherside Brewing Co.Luna Palace Cinemas and Revelation in this exciting new partnership, which will award a local filmmaker $5,000 to help produce a short film, to be screened as part of Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2018 (July 5-18).

The film can be any genre, from short narrative, documentary, animation, experimental or any other hybrid. The only rules: it must be 10 minutes or shorter and be identifiably West Australian…in whichever way you imagine that.

Entries close 5pm WST Monday, April 9 – and the grant recipient will be announced Wednesday, April 11. Films need to be shot, edited and ready to screen for Revelation, which kicks off July 5.

Of the initiative, Luna Palace Cinemas’ Operations Manager Candice Skinner said: “Luna Palace Cinemas is delighted to be working with Revelation Perth International Film Festival and Otherside Brewing Co. on what we believe to be a truly exciting and important initiative.

“Luna Palace Cinemas has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with Revelation Perth International Film Festival for almost two decades and supports any push to encourage the development of local filmmakers and help deliver quality, locally-made film content and in turn, drive the WA screen industry.”

Revelation’s Director Richard Sowada added: “Working directly with filmmakers in getting ideas and projects off the ground is what the festival is all about. If we can provide inspiration through what we screen and follow that up with initiatives that actually get things made then I don’t know what more we can possibly ask for!”

The grant will be funded through part proceeds of every Otherside beer sold at the iconic Luna Cinemas in Leederville. So a cheers on Otherside is a cheers towards the future of WA film.

The announcement of the 2018 WA Film Grant follows in the wake of a big month of Tapped By Otherside announcements, including the awarding of the 2018 Visual Arts Grant to Jessee Lee Johns and the 2018 International Development Grant to WA songwriter Stella Donnelly, who travelled to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.

This news was followed by the awarding of a $15,000 Australian Tour Grant pool to POW! Negro, Legs Electric and Davey Craddock & The Spectacles – who will all be hitting the air and stages across Australia in the months ahead.

Of Tapped By Otherside’s evolution into film, Otherside’s David Chitty says: “As someone who has worked in both music and film in WA, I recognise how difficult it can be to get financial support for important and career defining projects. Tapped By Otherside is our declaration of faith and support in the WA creative sector, which is truly one of the most exciting anywhere in the country.”