“CITYNEWS” believes an anonymous 12-page letter critical of governance of ScreenACT has been referred to the police.The printed letter has been widely circulated around Canberra and received by dozens of key players in the Canberra film industry.
The letter is critical of governance of the film development and advocacy program, which receives funding through artsACT and from several other sources.
The director of ScreenACT, Monica Penders, declined to comment on the letter, which refers to her by name, but added that the “board” was dealing with the matter.
The ScreenACT program is run under auspices of the Canberra Business Council. It will be restructured next month under the direction of an independent board.
A local film director, who declined to be named, told “CityNews” that he and many other film community members had received the letter and that most assumed it to be the work of someone who had failed to gain funding.
Initially established in 2004 with the purpose of encouraging the development of the film industry in Canberra, the not-for-profit industry association was renamed as ScreenACT in August 2005. In July 2007 it was outsourced to the Canberra Business Council Limited and will move to a new structure from July.
As we reported in May this year, the office has recently moved to Canberra Technology Park.