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Establishment and Function
Film Victoria (Film Victoria I, VA 1071) was established in February 1982 under the Film Victoria Act 1981 (No. 9716). It was to be responsible for the functions previously undertaken by the Victorian Film Corporation, the State Film Centre and the Audio-Visual Resources Unit of the Education Department. However, following machinery of government changes in April 1982, the Act was amended and the responsibilities of Film Victoria were largely restricted to those previously exercised by the Victorian Film Corporation (VA 2723). Film Victoria was responsible for promoting and assisting in the production, distribution, exhibition and broadcasting of films and sound recordings, research into ways of improving the quality of films, and facilitating the financing of film production. It also produced films in its own right.
The major responsibilities of Film Victoria were:
- to promote, produce, and assist in the production, distribution, exhibition and broadcasting of films and sound recordings for the general entertainment and information of the public,
- to conduct a library of films and sound recordings and periodicals, books and other materials relating to, or for use in connexion with, films and sound recordings,
- to promote the appreciation of films and sound recordings,
- to carry out research into ways of improving the quality and effectiveness of films and sound recordings, and
- to facilitate the financing of film production.
The Cinemedia Corporation Act 1997 (No.2) established the Cinemedia Corporation and section 35 of this Act declared it to be the successor in law of Film Victoria and the State Film Centre of Victoria Council. The Film Act 2001 abolished Cinemedia Corporation and established Film Victoria (Film Victoria II, VA 4788) and the Centre for the Moving Image (VA 4411) as separate statutory authorities.
Location of Records
Some records are presumed to have been transferred to the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.