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Newsletter 7th December 2012 Issue 90


ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Workshops, Seminars & Industry News

Canberra Region Film News

Festivals & Competitions

Anthology Feature Recipients Announced

ScreenACT congratulates all the participants of the Anthology Feature POD for their energy and creativity. The quality of the projects involved greatly impressed the selection panel, and caused them a number of headaches in reaching their final decision.
The filmmakers and their projects selected for the Anthology Feature Initiative ‘Locks of Love’ are (in no particular order): 
  • The Colour Of Friendship – Micael Ortiz
  • Love For The Taking – Rebecca Filipczyk
  • Joy Flight – Megan Watson
  • It’s Not That Simple – Ben Wade
  • Scars – Bruce Davie
  • Good Monster, Bad Monster – Evan Croker
  • The Tiger – Jacob Saggers
  • Busker’s Lock – Daniel Lloyd
  • To My One And Only – Tony Marziano
  • A Familiar Feeling – Luke Hendrickson
We wish them all the best of luck on their endeavours, and eagerly anticipate the results of their hard work through the coming year.


Feature Film 'Galore' Wraps Filming this Week

Principal photography for the Australian feature film Galore wraps up this week in Canberra following a five-week shoot. The film, written and directed by Rhys Graham, interweaves the stories of four teenagers against the looming backdrop of the 2003 bushfires.  
It stars Ashleigh Cummings (Tomorrow When The War Began), Toby Wallace (Nim’s Island 2) and Lily Sullivan (Mental). Galore is being produced by Philippa Campey (Bastardy) and executive produced by Sue Murray, Victoria Treole and Eleonora Granata-Jenkinson.
Galore is the first feature film to receive funding via the ACT Screen Investment Fund. A number of Canberra’s very own film making community worked as crew on the project, and the fruits of their labor can be seen in late-2013. 

ScreenACT EXPO 2013

ScreenACT has begun developing new programs and funding opportunities for the upcoming year, and will be holding an Expo in 2013 to give you the chance to learn about all the great initiatives that will be available. The final schedule is still being shaped, and the Expo is planned for February.

This will be a great way to gain knowledge and ask questions about the upcoming initiatives in 2013.  More information will be made available in the new year.


The 2012 Canberra Critics’ Circle Awards Announced

On Tuesday, November 27, the Canberra Critics' Circle hosted the 22nd ACT Arts Awards Night at the Canberra Museum and Gallery. The Awards for film were presented to the following: 
  • Dallas Bland for Blue World Order
  • Christian Doran and John Frohlich for Always the Son
  • Kris Kerehona for Dancing Auschwitz
ScreenACT wishes to congratulate the winners for their outstanding work. 

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: 7th December 2012 (early); 11th January (late) 

Entry Deadline: 15th December 2012

Entry Deadline: 28th December (late)

Entry Deadline: 31st December 2012

Entry Deadline: 3rd January 2013

Entry Deadline: 4th January 2013

Entry Deadline: 11th January 2013

Entry Deadline: 27th Feburary 2013

Entry Deadline: 5th April 2013

No Interest Microcredit Loans and Mentorship Support for Women Entrepreneurs

Time limited interest free loans of up to $3000 are now available for ACT based creative and entrepreneurial women on low incomes. This funding support is designed to enable these women to further develop an existing business or start up a new enterprise.
The funding for this program is provided by the ACT Government through the Office for Women, Community Services Directorate.
The 8th Microcredit Loan funding round will open with an Orientation Session on 13th December. Applications are due by 11 February 2013. 

For more information click here.

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.

ABC's Mini Documentary Film Competition

To celebrate the screening of ABC’s new initiative ‘Opening Shots’ where 5 emerging filmmakers under the age of 35 were given the opportunity to make a 30min documentary, the ABC is proud to announce the launch of their Mini-Shot competition. Mini-Shots is open to anyone who has a fresh, innovative take on an aspect of contemporary Australia that will get people talking. It’s a great chance for emerging filmmakers to be in the running to win $2000 and  flex their doc making muscles! 

Deadline is 28 February, 2013 and more details about the competition can be found at: www.openingshot.abc.net.au

Upcoming Screen Australia Deadlines

21 January 2013 - Features - Letter of Interest and Production Investment

28 Feburary 2013  - Documentary Development
28 Feburary 2013 - Drama Development

8 Feburary 2013 - Documentary Development
5 April 2013 - General Documentary Program
1 Feburary 2013 - International Documentary Program
1 Feburary 2013 - National Documentary Program
1 March 2013 - Signature Documentary Program

TV Drama
18 March 2013 - General TV Drama
18 March 2013 - Children's TV

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.

Local Feats - Canberra Feature Films

How many Canberra made Feature Films have you seen? Well CSFF got together with NewActon and collected 10 of the best and will be presenting them every two weeks on Thursday nights at the Kendall Lane Theatre, NewActon. Next up is THE DINNER PARTY on Thursday 20th December. 

For more information check out their Facebook Page and website

Flickerfest's Australian Short Film Award Accredited by Academy Awards Committee  

Award winning Australian director and Flickerfest patron Gillian Armstrong was thrilled to announce that Flickerfest’s Best Australian Short Film Award is now officially Academy Accredited. The Short Films and Feature Animation executive committee will begin to accept winners starting in 2013. The Australian award will now join Flickerfest Academy Accredited Awards for Best Film and Best Animation in the international section, creating even greater exposure and career opportunities for Australian film makers.

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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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