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Newsletter 2nd February 2012 Issue 70

ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Canberra Region Film News

Festivals & Competitions


Other News

Our New initiative, SASI, has member benefits including low cost insurance

Introducing SASI

ScreenACT Screen Industry, or SASI for short, is a new membership organisation run by ScreenACT.  Membership is on an annual fee basis and provides members with a list of benefits and most importantly, access to low cost public liability insurance. 

List of Benefits

  • 5% Discount on Registration for ScreenACT Courses and Events
  • 10% Discount on equipment hire from ScreenACT (coming soon)
  • Ability to purchase SASI Insurance
  • Discounted rate on Canberra Business Council Room Hire
  • ½ hour free legal advice from Chamberlains via SASI Legal Cafe
  • A nifty Membership card
Annual SASI Membership Fee: $50 incl GST per person
Annual SASI Corporate Membership (5 members, same organisation) $220 incl GST


SASI Subsidised Insurance

SASI members have access to low-cost public liability insurance for non-commercial filmmaking. 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 to apply for the insurance, click on the blue button below.


Horror Film Writing Workshop

Date: Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th February 2012
Where: CBC Training Room, 216 Northbourne Ave Braddon ACT  
Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm     Cost: $275 incl GST

Stephen Cleary pulls apart, dissects and devours the horror genre over this two day workshop.  Come and learn how to gore-up your film ideas for maximum scares.  Be there or be scared! Book early to avoid dissapointment via the website.



When: Friday 17th - Sunday 19th Febraury 2012
Where: CBC Training Room, 216 Northobourne Ave, Braddon 2612
Time: 9.30am - 5.00pm    Cost: $385 incl GST

Successful local documentarian Robert Nugent will be running DocoPod  and participants should be prepared for an adventure.  This will be a very practical course including a field trip to NFSA to learn how to access this wealth of material we have at our fingertips, and a trip to Rob’s edit suite where he will show you how he works and edits his award winning documentaries.  You will also get the chance to do some practical on camera exercises as well as ask heaps of questions.   Producer Harriet Pike will be giving you the low down on how to finance and distribute your documentary.  Places are limited to 12!  So if you are interested, you had better book now via the  website.



Upcoming Festival Deadlines

Entry Deadline: 27th February 2012

Entry Deadline: 2nd March 2012

Filmmaking 24 Feb - 5 March 2012
Entry Deadline: 5th March 2012

Entry Deadline: 31st March 2012

Entry Deadline: 2nd April 2012

short::seasons film festival

The short::seasons film festival is back!  Showcasing the work of up and coming filmmakers from the Canberra Region since 2001, ScreenACT is bringing back the popular festival.  short::seasons brings together  filmmakers, animators and documentarians in a twice a year, non-competitive screening of short works.  Screenings this year will take place at the Arc Cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive.  short::seasons is currently calling for submissions for the autumn'012 festival.  Deadline is Monday 2nd April.  Check out the short::seasons site for all the info.   


Screen Australia Sales Agent Directory

ScreenAustralia has published a Directory of International Sales Agents, providing a snapshot of companies representing Australian feature films around the world. Inside you’ll find details of each seller’s acquisition policy, which markets they attend, at what stage they prefer to be approached and whether they pay advances. There’s also a list of the Australian films that sales agents have handled.  See the Directory HERE

Channelvision to commence National Free to Air Broadcasting

Channelvision announced recently that they havel commenced National ‘Free to Air’ broadcasting on TV4 (Digital 64 Regional : Digital 74 Metro & QLD).  A dedicated half hour program, broadcasting eight times per week, will highlight and inform viewers via programming that profiles attractions, tourism events, businesses, sport, the arts, culture, entertainment, real estate, education, retail, government initiatives & community groups.  http://www.channelvision.com.au/


Project Attachment Register

As part of the ACT Screen investment fund, successful projects are required to have Canberran people "attached" to their projects. Attachments are a paid learning experience for people wishing to gain valuable insight into the filmmaking process on a real working set. Attachments can last from two weeks to six months. We are starting a database of people who are interested in taking up attachment places on ACT Screen investment funded projects. If you're intersted please email us with your CV attached: info@screenact.com.au

Upcoming ScreenAustralia Deadlines


16 March 2012 – Documentary Development
16 March 2012 – Drama Development

3 February 2012 – Documentary Development
3 February 2012 – National Documentary Program
3 February 2012 – International Documentary Program

Producer Equity Program
3 February 2012 – Producer Equity Program

TV Drama
16 March 2012 – General TV Drama
16 March 2012 – Children’s TV Drama

All Media
10 February 2012 – All Media Production
17 February 2012 – Digital Ignition

See their website for the full list


Short Film Script Reading Service 

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.

CIT Media Production Short Courses for Semester 1, 2012

CIT Media is still enrolling in short media production programs for first semester. Classes start from 13 February at Bruce campus.
-   Broadcast Journalism
Learn the basics of TV/video news production then collate a small range of your own TV news and current affairs segments, including presenting to camera, conducting interviews, gathering footage and sound, and working with a video editor. Great for documentary film makers.
The class will run on Thursday mornings and cost $135 for the semester
-   Introduction to Film and TV
Study the masters of visual storytelling and then apply the lessons by creating your own short film/documentary. The course covers scripting, camera work, directing, editing, lighting and sound.
All the necessary equipment is provided and by the end of the course you will have written and produced your own five minute film.The class will run for four hours on a Tuesday night with some filming required in your own time and will cost $216 for the semester.
-    Introduction to Video Editing
Gain an introduction to video editing skills using Final Cut Pro. You can work with your own footage if appropriate, for the most workplace-relevant studies.  
Come and learn the principles of video editing using Final Cut Pro. Classes will be taught by Silversun Pictures’ editor Doug Kirk. Classes run one evening a week, either Monday or Wednesday, for two hours. Cost only $72 for the semester.
All short courses can be completed as stand-alone or as credit towards the Advanced Diploma Journalism or the Advanced Diploma Screen and Media.
For more information, attend the enrolment session at 5pm Tuesday 7 Feb, Room C203, CIT Bruce Campus or contact CIT on (02) 6207 43488.
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The ScreenACT Experience Level 'Three E's'
IIn 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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