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Film and television production

Queensland’s investment in the film and television production industry, starring alongside the state’s stunning and diverse natural locations, means you are seeing more of the Sunshine State on the small and big screen.

In recent years, some of the world’s top grossing films, including Aquaman, Thor: Ragnarok, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and San Andreas have been filmed in Queensland, which is quickly becoming known as the production paradise of Australia.

The impressive reputation Queensland has earned as a desirable location for filming is not only about the scenery on offer, but also the state’s award-winning cast and crew, post-production and visual effects studios and attractive financial incentives.

Queensland also continues to be a leader in Australia’s domestic screen industry, in emerging screen technologies and is a major contributor to the nation’s creative landscape.

Screen Queensland provides incentives in a range of areas including; development investment, locations and scouting assistance, production investment, Revolving Film Finance Fund (RFFF), International Co-productions and Queensland Payroll Tax Rebate.

The State Government, through Screen Queensland, is committed to supporting a creative, innovative and successful screen industry through development and production investment; securing productions and delivering an active screen culture across the state.

Screen Queensland is dedicated to developing strong screen businesses and ensuring that production entities transform into thriving creative production companies through strong stories and good business understanding and partnerships.

On the Gold Coast, Village Roadshow Studios offers world-class film production facilities, nine sound stages and three water tanks, 10 production offices, editing suites, wardrobe, makeup, construction workshops, paint and carpentry shops. The Gold Coast is renowned for its experienced crew, with 80 per cent of Queensland crew living and working in the region.

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Why this sector?

Queensland boasts the largest sound stage (40,000sq m) in the Southern Hemisphere and purpose-built water tank in Australia, both located at the Gold Coast’s Village Roadshow Studios.

It is estimated $1.8 billion has been physically spent in Queensland and on the Gold Coast. Big-name movies to film in the city include Aquaman, Thor: Ragnarok, Pirates of the Caribbean 5, San Andreas and Unbroken. Australian productions filmed on the Gold Coast include The Railway Man, Bait 3D and Sanctum 3D.

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