The Film and Television Institute WA has had to cut staff

Funding cuts have hit FTI WA hard. Picture: file image
Funding cuts have hit FTI WA hard. Picture: file image

THE Film and Television Institute (FTI) WA has had to cut more than half its full-time staff.

The decision was made by FTI’s board and chief executive Paul Bodlovich, who said it was a direct result of Screen Australia ending funding to the Northbridge organisation.

‘We had to let go four of our full-time staff out of a core team of nine, which is a pretty big hit,’ he said.

‘The alternative would have been to double the size of our revenue immediately and generate between $1.5 million and $2 million, which was just not plausible.’

FTI moved from Fremantle to Northbridge earlier this year.

Shortly after, it discovered that its funding from Screen Australia, which represents about 10 to 15 per cent of FTI’s annual income, would end in early 2015.

Mr Bodlovich said it was necessary to restructure the organisation, which had produced a number of successful projects, including Indigenous Community Stories and a suite of Women in Screen events this year.

‘We can now focus our efforts on continuing to improve the delivery of services in the core areas of production support, providing advice and referrals, and knowledge and network develop- ment,’ he said.