Who Are The Great Southern Factor Inc?
GSFI was established in 2008 with a vision to create a vibrant film and media community for the great Southern Region of WA. GSFI is a young organisation, with a dynamic, driven volunteer team with big but realistic goals. We are a not for profit, volunteer organisation, who work hard with limited resources to deliver a range of innovative programs to foster this vision.
- Fostering a diverse film culture (regular International and Australian shorts programs at the Vac cafe and launching the Outdoor Factor Film Festival in 2009).
- Engaging in a wide cross section of the community with varied film choices.
- Established SCOPE youth film and media workshops, which incorporate a wide variety of innovative film and media workshops designed to inspire, educate and excite young people throughout the GS region.
- Supporting local business and activity in the Albany.
- Build partnerships with organisations, businesses and individuals who work towards a common goal of a diverse and culturally vibrant community.
- Regional communities have limited access and opportunity to experience or engage in the arts.
- There is growing evidence of the importance of arts activities in regional communities and how the role of the arts can assist in social well-being.
- The arts stand out from other forms of engagement because the arts are thought to be different because they deal with meaning, provide opportunities for self-expression and offer a way of viewing the world form a different perspective.
- Film and media are the perfect choice to engage with all ages of the community. This is, quite simply, because all people can relate to film and media in some way.
- GSFI are proud to deliver programs that focus on prevention of common problems in regional communities such as isolation and depression through our delivery that aims to engage with all of our diverse community.
- The delivery of a wide variety of films engaging in a wide cross section of the community.
- We encourage people to attend our diverse selection of films and engage, come out and socialise.
- Providing another dimension to Albany’s local arts scene and providing regular entertainment options for the Albany.
- Provide a platform to showcase the talents of local youth and local film makers to the broader community.
- Delivery of an array of experiences for youth in Albany including 2D and 3d Animations, Cinematography, Scriptwriting, Music Film Clip Production, Advertisement, Photography, Title Sequence and specific projects such as the Celebration of Story, recoding Noongar Elders stories for NAIDOC week in 2010/2011, the LANDCORP Waterfront Documentary and many other National Youth Week projects.
- The SCOPE program incorporates a wide variety of workshops with little funding, to inspire, educate and excite young people in Albany…all young people. Whilst we recognise that this program is not dedicated to disadvantaged youth, it has proven to engage with a variety of young people from the community of varied backgrounds.
- Supported disadvantages youth through establishment of GSFI sponsorship program.
- Support and contribute to other programs such as NASHS Clontarf Football Academy and Strong Young Women’s Focus Group (2009), HeadSpace (2009-2012), WorkLink (2009)
- Established relationships with organisations such as WA Museum Albany, BookMark, Headspace and Aboriginal Health to assist in projects with free use of any of our equipment and co-ordination of projects.
- Actively encourage community access to our equipment to support and assist creations, ideas and experiences.
- Established OUTREACH, a dedicated program aimed to reach all youth in our communities.
- SCOPE workshops have proven popular with teenage boys and as this is an identified high-risk group for youth suicide and depression in rural areas, we feel proud to be offering our local youth a means of developing positive interests through a creative outlet for their talents and fosters pride in their achievements.
- Launched the Emerging Film Maker Fund in 2011. This fund was established to empower and enable film makers up to the age of 30 to realise their vision to create a short film. The Grant includes $1000 for the use of the filmmaker to fund their project, along with the use of SCOPE equipment.
- GSFI ongoing strategic planning process continues to strive towards our objectives and continue to set realistic steps towards achieving our long-term goals.
- GSFI’s ongoing partnerships with local groups and businesses continue to be imperative to the strength and growth of our organisation.
Funding and Sponsorship
- GSFI is funded through a number of varied grants obtained by our volunteers, sponsorship from the local businesses community through our Gold Sponsorship program, Event Sponsorship and funds we raise at each film screening.
- GSFI has continued to engage with the local business community through our Gold Sponsorship program.
- In the current economic climate, strong partnerships between independent organisations and businesses are a positive example of what can be achieved when locals work towards a common goal of a diverse and vibrant community. These mutually beneficial partnerships help to build a strong sense of positive spirit and pride in the wider community, strengthening it’s social fabric and sense of good will. Such partnerships will be at the heart of the emerging culturally vibrant city we are striving for here in Albany.