SUPPORT: Funding keeps flying in to support a Daniel Morcombe movie being shot on the Coast.
SUPPORT: Funding keeps flying in to support a Daniel Morcombe movie being shot on the Coast. Patrick Woods

Morcombe film could be massive boost for Coast arts industry

MONEY'S still rolling in for the Morcombe family to help fund their quest to bring Daniel's story to cinemas.

Sitting at $51,571 from more than 320 backers yesterday, the groundswell of support continues to grow, with the $55,000 mark now firmly in the sights.

As of this afternoon, 345 generous supporters had contributed $54,840 towards the $300,000 target.

There is still 23 days left on the clock and there's hope that the crowdfunding campaign will prove successful.

If so, director Peter Cousens and Bruce and Denise Morcombe have flagged their intentions to shoot the film on the Sunshine Coast.

Coast-based School of Dramatic Arts owner Mary Eggleston said the production of a major feature film in the region would be a massive boost to the performing arts industry.

"The Sunshine Coast is such an amazing location to be shooting films," she said.

"I think it could only be a great thing to shoot a film in a place like this. Everything's pretty much ideal for shooting up here."

She said the region's proximity to Brisbane, idyllic locations and favourable weather made it one of the prime shooting locations in Australia.

If the crowdfunding campaign can top $300,000 the script distribution and production process will be sped up, with hopes to have a film shot and released by late-2017.

Some of the crowdfunding options available include pledging funds in return for your name in the film's credits, a day on the set, screening tickets or even a role as an extra.

To support the project head to: whereisdanielmovie.com