Screen Hunter Central Coast
The aim of Screen Hunter Central Coast is to capitalise on the unique qualities of our regions by increasing film production and fostering and driving development of a creative and sustainable film industry in the Hunter and Central Coast.
SHCC are committed to local industry development and creating networking initiatives to connect industry practitioners throughout the region as well as maintaining a relationship with the greater community to ensure they are a part of the filming activities.
Staffed by industry professionals, the Office actively promotes its breathtaking locations to film makers and is a one-stop-shop for filming approvals, location scouting assistance, sourcing of local crew, services and support. As a result we have secured films such asSuperman Returns, Matrix Reloaded, Wolverine and Tomorrow When the War Began as well as thousands of local, national and international television commercials, documentaries, programs and music videos for our regions.
Once the Office secures filming to the region, we have an extensive membership database of local film professionals, support businesses and contacts to tap in to, that results in local employment and verifiable regional spend.
The Office streamlines the film permitting process by brokering approvals with a variety of Government Departments. Screen Hunter Central Coast has ‘delegated authority’ to issue all filming approvals for the eleven Hunter Councils, Hunter Region National Parks and Wildlife Services, along with Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council and many other private and public organisations.
In the last twelve months Screen Hunter Central Coast has approved more film, stills and television productions than most of the other regional screen offices in New South Wales combined. The local spend involved in screen related activities last year was estimated at over $25 million.
The Office was established in 2001 and is proudly supported by the NSW Department of Industry & Investment, Screen NSW, Hunter Councils as well as the support of many local service providers and members.
The 11 Hunter Councils SHCC issues permits for are as follows:
• Great Lakes
• Lake Macquarie
• Port Stephens
• Upper Hunter