Screen Australia, the Federal Government’s funding body for the Australian screen production industry, has chosen the Maya the Bee as one of six local feature films to invest in.
The film, co-produced by Flying Bark Productions and Studio 100 Media, has also been backed by Screen NSW.
“I am thrilled to have the support from Screen Australia and Screen NSW on our animated 3D feature film, Maya the Bee which is being co-produced with Studio 100 Media," said Flying Bark Productions’ Managing Director, Jim Ballantine.
"The Maya the Bee brand has a tremendous global following and is building locally with a series broadcast on ABC4Kids and DVDs available through Beyond Home Entertainment.
"Our stereoscopic production will be led by Alexs Stadermann as director, Barbara Stephen as producer and Alexia Gates-Foale as line producer and will see us employing the services of a large number of highly experienced local creative talents to deliver a globally entertaining feature length animation."
The film will follow Maya’s desire to escape her heavily regimented existence in the hive and experience freedom to explore at her own will.
This deal also helps Maya the Bee movie to make history as the first ever animated feature to be produced as an official treaty co-production between Australia and Germany.