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Newsletter 5th April 2013 Issue 97


New ScreenACT Initiatives

Ongoing ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Workshops, Seminars & Industry News

Festivals & Competitions

ScreenACT EXPO & Trivia Night this Monday!

ScreenACT invites you to join us on Monday April 8th for our annual Expo & Trivia Night at CIT's Woden Campus. This Event is the perfect opportunity to learn about our new line-up of programs, workshops and funding opportunities for the upcoming year. It also provides a fantastic opportunity to interact with other members of the screen and digital community.

Immediately following the Expo will be ScreenACT's first ever Trivia Night which aims to raise funds for ScreenACT's Anthology Feature Film project 'Locks of Love'. Be the first ones to see the big set piece which will be used in the film. Plus, bring a padlock and key (the bigger the better) and this will be in the movie! 
What was Rizzo's real name in Grease? What was the license plate number on the Ghostbusters' car? Who pulls Wayne over in Wayne's World? If you know the answers, are intrigued by the questions, or have some useful nuggets of information tucked inside your brain box come test your trivia knowledge as you share a drink and reconnect with friends.  

There will be a number of prizes available, including a private consultation with Stephen Cleary and free registrations to ScreenACT's upcoming Genre Boot Camp and Comedy Workshop. Along with the trivia, there will also be an auction where you will be able to bid on a variety of cool stuff. 

ScreenACT Expo
When: 6:00pm-7:15pm, Monday 8th April
Where: CIT, Woden Campus, 160 Ainsworth St Phillip ACT
Cost: Free
RSVP: Essential
ScreenACT Trivia Night
When: 7:30pm-8:30pm,  Monday 8th April
Where: CIT, Woden Campus, 160 Ainsworth St Phillip ACT
Cost: $11 for individual booking RSVP HERE;  $99 for a table of 10 booking RSVP HERE


Register Now for Stephen Cleary's Genre Boot Camp 

Stephen Cleary returns to Canberra this April to run his Genre Boot Camp. This four day modular workshop is a fantastic opportunity for anyone involved or interested in genre writing to understand:
  • The basic principles that apply to all genre writing and the associated questions derived from them that you can apply to whatever story genre form you are working in
  • The standard set-piece genre scenes and how you vary them according to the story genre you are writing in
  • The different dialogue styles in different story genres
  • How to mix genres together, and which story genres are more or less compatible with each other and why
  • Dedicated half days on the secrets of these genres: the thriller, romance, children’s and family films and the straight drama 
The genre boot camp will take place over 4 days, spread across two consecutive weekends. Each day is a self-contained module. Participants can choose to attend any number of the days, from a single day, through to all four.   
On completion of each day, participants will be emailed a 30-page course book summarizing the day’s content, including the text of all power-point slides used and an index of film-clips shown.

Please fill out this online form to find out what is on offer for each day and to nominate which specific workshops you are interested in. Once you have completed the form you can pay via the below links.   

When: 9:30am - 4:30pm, 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st of April (lunch included) 
Where: ScreenACT, 216 Northbourne Ave Braddon ACT 2612
1 x day $150 (SASI Members), $158 (non SASI Members) RSVP HERE
2 x days $275 (SASI Members), $289 (non SASI Members) RSVP HERE
3 x days $400 (SASI Members), $420 (non SASI Members) RSVP HERE
4 x days $500 (SASI Members), $525 (non SASI Members) RSVP HERE


Successful Applicant for CSIRO's Filmmaker-in-Residence Announced 

The CSIRO, in participation with ScreenACT, is proud to announce Ian Walker as the successful applicant for the filmmaker-in-residence position with the High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre (HRPPC). 

Ian is an award-winning director of international science documentaries and has produced, directed and written more than a dozen major factual titles including the acclaimed feature-length documentary "I, Psychopath" (2009). His previous work has won Best Film and Best Director from the prestigious Scinema Festival.

Ian will be tasked with producing a series of short films that the HRPPC will use on their website, and post on the CSIRO Facebook and YouTube channels. 

ScreenACT would also like to recognise and thank all the applicants involved. The judging panel acknowledged they had a very difficult task during the selection process with so many high quality proposals. Indeed, applications were received from across Australia and Internationally which reinforces how competitive a field it was. 

Directors Workshop with Geoffrey Wright a Success!  

ScreenACT had a great turnout last month for its Directors Workshop, and we look forward to offering more advanced courses on film directing in the near future. 
The workshop was presented by renowned Australian Director Geoffrey Wright (Romper Stomper, Metal Skin, Macbeth), who shared his considerable knowledge and expertise from his 30 year film career. Participant feedback was full of praise for the weekend and many have commented that they have had their filmic perspective sharpened and refocused.


How to Apply for Grants Workshop for Screen Artists 

This workshop is the ideal, practical guide to grant writing for any screen artist looking to attain funding by applying for grants. You can expect to leave this workshop with an enhanced knowledge of all aspects surrounding the grant application process, that will be invaluable in your future decision making. 
This workshop will provide valuable knowledge on a range of grant related topics including:
  • Public and Private Sector Grants – what is out there?
  • Visioning, Strategy , Methodology Project Planning & Project Rationale
  • Practical Grant Writing Tips, Budgets & Grant Jargon
  • Acquittal of Funding & Evaluation
Presenting the workshop will be Keith Whelan who specializes in grants, tenders and funding consultancy. Keith provides high level assistance to businesses, local governments, state governments, not for profit organisations and private enterprises in planning for and accessing extra income streams.

ScreenACT will also be using the workshop to officially open the next round of the Development Fund for 2013.  

When: 10:00am - 5:00pm, Friday 3rd May
Where: ScreenACT, 216 Northbourne Ave Braddon 2612 ACT
Cost: $70 (SASI Members), $75 (non SASI Members)
RSVP: Essential


Comedy Workshop with Tim Ferguson 

One of Australia’s most successful comedians reveals the fundamentals of strong comedy writing in this 2-day workshop. Tim Ferguson (Doug Anthony All Stars, Funky Squad, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, Good News Week, The Glass House) offers simple, original and practical insights for screenwriters trying to expand into comedy writing for television and film.
Tim will provide new approaches to working with metaphors, juxtapositions, reversals, story structures, knowledge differentials, pathos, subtext and the rhythms of comic dialogue. Learn how to construct a sitcom from the ground up, making choices in terms of theme, genre, style and tone.
The course includes lectures, script analysis, workshopping and the viewing of excerpts from sitcoms and comedy films. It concludes with methods for formulating series bibles and pitching concepts to Australian and international film and television markets.
Tim is a consultant in narrative comedy and script development for production companies and television networks in Australia and Britain. He lectures in narrative comedy and screenwriting at RMIT's School of Media & Communication in Melbourne.

When: 9:30am-4:30pm, Saturday 29th and 30th June (lunch included)
Where: ScreenACT, 216 Northbourne Ave Braddon 2612 ACT
Cost: Early Bird - $250 (SASI Members), $275 (non SASI Members); After 31st of May - $275 (SASI Members), $300 (non SASI Members)
RSVP: Essential


short::seasons Project Funding Opportunity Closes Friday 12th April

short::seasons is pleased to announce the short::seasons Project Film for autumn 2013. This is an opportunity for Canberran filmmakers to get $1000, use of some equipment and heaps of support from the short::seasons team to make a film for the next short::seasons film festival. 

Firstly, you will need to submit a script you have written.  The short::seasons team will then pick the most suitable idea from the bunch and we will help you make it happen.  One film will be chosen per season (two per year).

For more information about the short::seasons autumn 2013 click here.


SASI Insurance Update  

ScreenACT is once again be offering SASI members low-cost public liability insurance for non-commercial filmmaking in 2013/14. It covers $20 million public liability and limited equipment theft and loss on location. ScreenACT is heavily subsidising this insurance as we believe every filmmaker should be covered for public liability when shooting in the ACT, and many locations require it. For more details, costs and how to apply for the insurance visit our website

Please note that only 85 policies are available through ScreenACT this calendar year, so please be sure to secure yours now before they sell out!   


ScreenACT Equipment

Need some equipment for a shoot? Just need a few small things? Well look no further! ScreenACT is proud to offer excellent equipment at an affordable rate. We have bought a new industry standard camera with lots of bits and bobs to add to the camera itself. ScreenACT are also hiring out lights, sound equipment and  tripods. For a full product list click here. Our huge range of products are a great way to fully equip your shoot or just find that extra little bit of equipment you need. Bookings are essential and ScreenACT highly recommends obtaining Public Liability Insurance before shooting begins. ScreenACT can also offer affordable Public Liability Insurance for non commercial projects under our SASI initiative.

For more information on equipment and SASI visit our website
To book equipment please click here.





Upcoming Festival Deadlines

Entry Deadline: 26th April

Entry Deadline: 26th April (regular); 31st May (late) 

Entry Deadline: 17th May (regular); 14th June (late) 

Entry Deadline: 14th June (shorts); 5th July (features)

Entry Deadline: 21st June 

Entry Deadline: 1st July (shorts); 15th July (features)

Entry Deadline: 16th July

Project Attachment Register

Part of a condition of being funded through the ACT Screen Investment Fund is for a production to take on "attachments".  An attachment is a paid position which gives the attached person experience and credits.  This attachment program is designed to help the ACT build capacity in various positions.  n most cases, productions will take on a number of attachments but would require that the attachee have had some exposure to the role that they are taking on.

Interested?  Then fill out the form to get onto the register.

New Director's Attachment Scheme

The Australian Directors Guild (ADG) and Screen Australia launched the Director’s Attachment Scheme last week - a new industry incentive for emerging feature film directors to develop their craft. Funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG, the scheme will provide three director’s attachments annually, beginning with director Kriv Stenders new film Kill Me Three Times to be filmed in Western Australia.

Participating films primarily shot in Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia will only be open to applicants from those states. Participating films shot in all other states and territories will be open to applicants from anywhere in Australia.

For more information please contact the ADG on 1300 539 639 or visit www.adg.org.au

ABC TV Factual Calls for Proposals for Family Season

ABC TV Factual is calling for one-off documentary ideas to form a season on the ‘Family, and the Future of Family in Australia’ for ABC1. 

ABC TV Head of Factual Phil Craig said "“We’re looking to create a season for filmmakers who have something powerful and important to say, and we’re looking for a range of styles and voices that will engage a prime-time audience on ABC1 and really get people talking.” 

The subject of ‘Family and the Future of Family in Australia’ is deliberately broad: critical to the assessment criteria will be the strength of the central idea, and the creative approach for bringing it alive for the Australian prime-time audience.

ABC Factual will welcome concept pitches of approximately 2-3 pages, including a short statement about the online potential of the idea.
Proposal synopses should be sent to ABC Factual:

Edwina Waddy: waddy.edwina@abc.net.au
Cc: Sandra Ricklefs: ricklefs.sandra@abc.net.au
Deadline for proposals: Friday, June 28, 2013

Upcoming Screen Australia Deadlines

8 April 2013 - Features - Letter of Interest and Production Investment

10 May 2013  - Documentary Development
10 May 2013 - Drama Development

14 June 2013 - International Documentary Program
14 June 2013 - National Documentary Program
14 June 2013 - General Documentary Program
12 April 2013 - Documentary Development

TV Drama
8 April 2013 - General TV Drama
8 April 2013 - Children's TV

Talent Escalator
29 April 2013 - Short Film Completion

For recent funding approvals click here.

See their website for the full list


Short Film Script Reading Service 

Need help with developing your short film script? ScreenACT is providing a script reading service for $22 for filmmakers who would like to have their script analysed before going into production. National short film award winner Marisa Martin will be critiquing the scripts and will give detailed constructive feedback. This is a great way to improve your script which ultimately improves the film itself. This service provides a great opportunity to get real professional advice without the cost of a professional script editor. 

For more information please visit our website.  You can book online  here.

Opening Shot 3 is Now Open for Submissions

We’re looking for up to six 29-minute one-off documentary films directed by filmmakers aged 35 years and under.

The films will premiere as a series in prime time on ABC2, a channel that aims to surprise, enthuse and provoke. Opening Shot 3 aims to give voice to a younger point of view on contemporary Australian life and to advance the careers of a new generation of program makers.

Application form and Guidelines here: www.screenaustralia.gov.au/openingshot
ABC2 Brief: http://openingshot.abc.net.au/about

Deadline: 12th April, 2013

Revelation Perth International Film Festival Offers Travel Fellowship

The Revelation Perth International Film Festival (4-14 July 2013) is Perth’s only international film festival and Western Australia’s major annual screen culture event. Launching its country-wide Travel Fellowship for the fifth year, the Fellowship provides financial assistance to attend Revelation in July 2013 to three successful applicants.
Revelation wants to hear from those with a genuine interest in cinema and screen culture.
Applications are welcome from Australian residents over 18 years of age with a demonstrable passion for film.

AUD$1000 per person will be granted to cover travel and accommodation costs for successful applicants. Applicants also receive a Festival Gold Pass, a Revelation Guest pack, Opening Night tickets, free access to all RevCon Sessions and master classes and the opportunity to be a special part of the event.  

Application forms can be downloaded from www.revelationfilmfest.org/go/travel/travel-fellowship; or contact admin@revelationfilmfest.org for more information.
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The ScreenACT Experience Level 'Three E's'
In order to make it easier for you to identify which of the many programs is most suitable, we have broken down the programs by experience level.  After deciding which level is most appropriate for you, keep an eye on that colour badge to easily identify which programs are aimed at screen practitioners like you!

· New practitioners,
· Students in related fields,
· Hobbiests with no career aspirations, or
· People with less than three years experience of making screen content of any kind.   
· Media field degree graduate,
· Part-time media business owner,
· A few festival credits for short films or music videos,
· At least three years experience of making screen content of any kind.
· Media professionals,
· Production businesses,
· Full time employees in production field,
· Has significant festival credits, broadcast credits and/or theatrical releases.

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