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Newsletter 9th December 2013 Issue 110



New ScreenACT Initiatives

Ongoing ScreenACT Initiatives

Workshops, Seminars & Industry News

Canberra Region Film & Digital News

Funding & Grants

Festivals & Competitions


ScreenACT Christmas Party 

ScreenACT’s Christmas Party is set for Monday 16 December, and will provide a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends and celebrate the year that was.  It's been a huge year in the ACT Film Industry and at ScreenACT, and we would love you to join us for a drink and nibbles to celebrate the festive season.
When: 5:30pm - 8:30pm Monday 16th November
Where: Gorman House, Bogong Theatre, Batman St, Ainslie
Parking: Limited street parking, but short walk from Canberra Centre
Cost: Free
RSVP: Essential

ScreenACT Christmas and New Year Office Closing Times

The ScreenACT office will close for Christmas and the New Year from 3pm 20th December 2013, and re-open 9am Monday 6th January 2014.  

Bearcage Signs Co-production Deal with Beijing Television 

Local production company Bearcage has signed a co-production agreement to produce the two-part documentary series 'The Tale of Two Cities' with Beijing Television.
“As the first formal co-production between Beijing Television Channel and an Australian company, the project represents an initiative of great significance to both countries,” said Executive Producer, Bearcage’s Michael Tear, speaking from the Sichuan TV Festival in Chengdu.
Serge Ou, Creative Director of Bearcage, noted that “co-operation between the Australian and Chinese screen sectors is an important step in strengthening the screen industries in both countries.
In 'A Tale of Two Cities' a photographer from Beijing will travel to Canberra to create an exhibition about the Australian capital and its people. A photographer from Canberra will travel to Beijing to make matching stories of the Chinese capital. In the episodes their stories will be blended, giving audiences an entertaining, unique and often surprising insight into these two cities.
This new project for Beijing TV builds on the recent success Bearcage has had in China with 'Story of Australia', a co-production with CCTV9 broadcast to an audience on 21 million and which earned the praise of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Call for the Next Generation of Comedy Talent

ABC TV and Screen Australia have announced a new initiative, ‘Fresh Blood’, focused on short form comedy creators. Over twenty commissions are on offer as part of the initiative, with budgets of $10,000 for each successful applicant.

The content will premiere on iview, the ABC’s online catch-up platform. With a record 18 million program plays in August, it is Australia’s most popular catch up service and an ideal fit for ‘social sharing’ short form sketches. Visit the Screen Austraia website for More information.

Writing the New Stories - A Retreat for Writers Wanting to Make an Impact

What do Tim Ferguson (comedy), Geoffrey Atherden (TV), Posie Graeme-Evans (novelist), Billie Dean (spiritual), Andrew Einspruch (children's) and Stephen Measday (young adult) all have in common?
Thy want to help you hone your craft, make a difference to the world, and tell  your new stories.
  • Are you a writer, author, blogger, journalist, playwright, screenwriter or creative ready to have more success?
  • Are you a published pro, but feel like there's never time to step back and focus on what you really want?
  • Do you have a story to tell, but need help getting it out into the world?
Then Writing the New Stories is for you, and ScreenACT SASI members get $50 off! 

When: 10am-10pm Saturday 11 January; 10am-5pm Sunday 12 January 2014
Where: Braidwood, NSW - only an hour and a bit from Canberra, and 3 1/2 hours from Sydney.
Bookings: Enquiries via website, email or phone: (02) 4842 2819


Local Producer Harriett Pike Wins Natalie Miller Fellowship Award

ScreenACT wishes to congratulate Harriet Pike (pictured left) on being selected as the 2013 winner of the Natalie Miller Fellowship Award.
The official announcement and presentation of the award was made on 20 November 2013 at the annual Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) conference in Melbourne.
Established in 2011 in recognition of the unique contribution of Natalie Miller AO, the Fellowship awards a grant of $10,000 to a woman in the Australian screen industry who has demonstrated initiative, entrepreneurship and excellence. All applicants submit a professional development proposal demonstrating how the grant would assist them to reach their full potential.
Harriet Pike is a senior producer at Canberra based production company Bearcage. Since joining in 2011 she has produced some intelligent and riveting documentaries including The Boffin, The Builder and The Bombardier and Building Australia. Prior to joining Bearcage Harriet had worked as a distributor and producer at Ronin films where she had responsibility for acquisitions, business development and documentary production.

Trainee Animator/Editor/Sound Editor Opportunity Available through CAMMA

Are you artistic? Like working with computers? Ever thought about being an Animator?
CAAMA (Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association) Productions is seeking expressions of interest from indigenous people with creative flair and the ability to learn computer skills to take up a position as a trainee animator for 12 months. This is a unique opportunity to work closely with a highly experienced Animator for an initial period of 5 months to help produce a series of 12 short animations, then working on other productions on the CAAMA slate for a further 7 months expanding into additional roles in postproduction, including picture and sound editing.
You will receive formal training and on-the-job training in order to help you develop your creative and technical abilities.
All expressions of interest will be considered. If you don’t think you have the qualifications, but you think you might have the right abilities and you’d be really excited to learn how to make short animations, please contact us.
For further information including job description and criteria, please contact the CAAMA Corporate Services Manager, Sheralee Fitz, on (08) 8951 9778 or by email: csm@caama.com.au by 9am Thursday 2 January 2014.

ScreenACT Launch Online Actors Directory

ScreenACT launched its free online Actors Directory in April. Actors can now upload their headshots, resumes and links to video clips to help create an individual profile that will be searchable by interested film productions. The online database will enable casting professionals to search through the directory by age, gender, physical characteristics and credits. An Extras Directory has also been established to help identify/organise extras for film, television and documentary productions. 

To register for the Actors Directory please fill out this online form.

To register for the Extras Directory please fill out this online form


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 13 policies are still 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: 13th December  

Entry Deadline: 15th December

Entry Deadline: 15th December (late) 

Entry Deadline: 31st December 

Entry Deadline: 31st December 

Entry Deadline: 10th January 2013

Entry Deadline: 20th February 

Entry Deadline: 27th February 2013

Entry Deadline: 11th April 2014 


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. In 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.

2013 Canberra Critics’ Circle Awards Announced

On Tuesday, November 26, the Canberra Critics' Circle hosted the 23rd ACT Arts Awards Night at the Canberra Museum and Gallery. The Award for film was presented to Clare Young for her outstanding documentary ‘From the Bottom of the Lake’, which depicts a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of writer/director Jane Campion during the development and production of her Emmy-winning TV series ‘Top of the Lake’. 

Upcoming Screen Australia Deadlines

24 January 2014 - Features - Letter of Interest and Production Investment

14 February 2014  - Documentary Development
14 February 2014 - Drama Development

21 February 2014 - International Documentary Program
10 January 2014 - National Documentary Program
28 March 2014 - General Documentary Program
24 January 2014 - Documentary Development

TV Drama
14 March 2014 - General TV Drama
14 March 2014 - Children's TV

Multi-Platform Drama
17 March 2014 - Multi-Platform Drama Production

9 May 2014 - Games Enterprise

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.

Screen Australia Announces New Online Content Program

Earlier this month Screen Australia announced ‘Skip Ahead’, a new program, supported by YouTube, to expand support for online content creators in Australia. The program is designed to provide Australian YouTube creators with funding and production resources to create unique online content and engage new audiences around the world. Screen Australia and YouTube will jointly contribute a total of $400,000 to the program. Australian artists who have built a following on YouTube, with a minimum subscriber base, and are consistently creating new original content will be eligible to apply.

Deadline for applications is 20 December 2013. Visit the Screen Australia website for the Guidelines and application form.
Do you have news to share? Email info@screenact.com.au

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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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