Feature film shines spotlight on Geelong locations

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Our region will light up the screen at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) next month, with several Geelong locations featuring in the world premiere of local production Paper Champions.
The uplifting comedy follows the story of a young man who wants to find love despite having lost his 'Mana', which refers to strength and confidence in Polynesian cultures. 

Some of the scenes were shot at Geelong West Town Hall, McDonald Reserve in Belmont, Eastern Beach and on local roads.
Paper Champions is the first feature film of Geelong creatives Erin and Luke Saliba, who both produced and starred in the movie. Luke also participated in the City-led Shoot Out 20 Hour Filmmaking Festival years ago.
The City is proud to be a film-friendly location for multimillion-dollar blockbusters, television series, commercials, independent productions and photography. We provide support from location scouting and grant applications through to permit and facility hire assistance.
In recent years, we’ve welcomed big-name films such as The Whistleblower (Australian-Chinese feature film) and The Road to Boston, and television shows including SeaChange, The Pacific, Preacher, Bad Mothers, Neighbours, The Bachelor, MasterChef, Selling Houses Australia, Married at First Sight and Tomorrow When the War Began.
There continues to be significant interest to produce exciting projects in the Geelong region and we are working with production companies to support their plans. 
Catch Paper Champions at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
More information about filming in Geelong is available on our website. 

City of Greater Geelong Mayor, Cr Stephanie Asher

Film productions provide great economic benefit to the community in many ways.
The production process itself supports local people and businesses. Cast and crew stay in accommodation, dine out and engage local services and materials when building sets. They also offer employment opportunities for local actors and support behind the scenes. 
When our beautiful region is projected on screens across Australia and the world, it puts us on the bucket lists of many thousands of future tourists.

City of Greater Geelong Arts and Culture Portfolio Chair - Cr Trent Sullivan

On the home front, Council is also committed to supporting our local creative arts industry as it recovers from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. That’s why we’ve invested $510,000 in urgent and long-term projects to help the industry get back on its feet.
We thank the local team behind Paper Champions for basing their film in our city and congratulate them on being accepted into the Melbourne International Film Festival. They certainly have a bright future ahead. 

Paper Champions producer Erin Saliba

We are thrilled Paper Champions has been accepted into the Melbourne International Film Festival this year. 

We are excited to have Geelong on display Australia wide. Geelong has a wide range of versatile locations and landscapes. We'd like to thank our local community and the City of Greater Geelong for all of their support along the way. 

We love our home town of Geelong and on behalf of the Paper Champions team, we hope that you love the film as much as we do. 

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