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Newsletter 5th June 2014 Issue 118


New ScreenACT Initiatives

Workshops, Seminars & Industry News

Canberra Region Film News

Ongoing ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Festivals & Competitions


In Conversation with Graeme Mason, New CEO of Screen Australia

ScreenACT Director Monica Penders will host a Q&A with Graeme Mason CEO of Screen Australia.  A quick recap of ScreenACT’s plans for the next financial year  will also be included and you are invited to stay for a drink and chat with Graeme after the event.  Thanks to the NFSA for  hosting the evening.   Watch this space for further information soon and save the date to attend this event.

We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Location: NFSA
Date: 24th June 2014                                      
Time: 6:30 PM
Entry: FREE 

Please RSVP by COB on 17th June 2014 to janine.kaiser@screenact.com.au.

Get your Ticket for the Galore Premier at the Palace Electric Cinema NOW!

Galore, a film about a teenage love triangle set against Canberra's 2003 bushfires. The film is the first feature financed through the ACT Screen Investment Fund, and was shot in Canberra last year. A number of Canberrans filled cast and crew positions on the production, and screened at the recent Berlin International Film Festival.

Writer-director Rhys Graham grew up in Canberra, and alongside Producer Phillippa Campey, pulled together a fantastic cast featuring some of Australia’s most promising young actors including Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues), Lily Sullivan (Mental) and Toby Wallace (Never Tear Us Apart). 

Watch the trailer of Galore Here.
Purchase your ticket for thePremier of Galore Here There are only a few left!

Location: Palace Electric Cinema, Canberra
Date: Thursday, 12th June 2014
Time: 6:30 pm


Short::seasons Short Film Festival: A Great success! A Great night!

ScreenACT would like to say congratulations to all filmmakers who had the chance to share their films with the community at the short::seasons film festival last week. The line up of the festival had a good feel throughout and every film  stood out in its own way.

ScreenACT would like to say thank you to all participants. Hope to see you at the next Short::seasons in october. 


Cannes Emerging Filmmaker Showcase - Best Student Film

STILL LIFE  directed by Martin Sharpe, (AIE Melbourne) has been picked as Best Student Film at the Cannes Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. There were nine student films selected for screening, which is impressive enough by itself.



 SPA: "Ones to Watch" Mentorship Program Closes for Submission

Ones to Watch is a mentor program for early-career producers from around Australia who create content for big and small screens. The program connects successful participants with a leading screen industry mentor and provides unparalleled career opportunities. 
You will receive one-on-one mentorship, promotion of youand your project, a heavily discounted ticket to theScreen Forever Conference and the exclusive opportunity to apply for STUDIO Kickstart.


Check out the Ones To Watch page on the SPA website for all the details.
Hurry! Applications close 12 June 2014



ACTSIA Public Liability can now be Applied for ONLINE!


Our ACTSIA PL Insurance scheme is finally available online and makes applying much simpler. All policies are available till 31st January 2015. For more information please follow this LINK



ScreenACT Online Actors Directory
ScreenACT launched its free online Actors Directory in April 2013. 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


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

 2 June – Locarno International Film Festival 
13 June – Montreal World Film Festival (shorts)
13 June – London Film Festival (shorts)
19 June – Cork Film Festival 
20 June – London Film Festival (features)
20 June – Stockholm International Film Festival 
20 June – Venice International Film Festival 
30 June – Busan International Film Festival (shorts)


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.

Lauch of  the Australian Online Video Awards

Open Channel and ScreenPro.tv today announced new industry awards to recognise the work of online video content makers for the first time in Australia. Supported by Film Victoria and Screen Network, the Australian Online Video Awards (the OVAs) will showcase leading talent in the online space. Online video is created specifically to reach audiences through platforms such as YouTube.

gnificant career-making prizes are on offer, including a trip to YouTube’s Creator Space in Los Angeles to learn from the world leaders in online video production and marketing, supported by YouTube. The winners will be announced on Tuesday 14 October at Docklands Studio, Melbourne, in a celebration showcasing the winners work in a fun and interactive way. 

The awards celebration will take place as part of Open Channel’s ‘Generation Next’ conference. Key dates:      

Entries open: Monday 7 July
Entries close: Friday 15 August
Finalists announced: Monday 15 September
Winners announced: Tuesday 14 October
See www.ovas.tv or www.openchannel.org.au for more information. For interviews please contact David Read, Hot Ticket PR, hotticketpr@gmail.com / 0402 099 222.

Upcoming Screen Australia Deadlines


7 July 2014 - Features- Letter of Interest and Production Investment 


20 June 2014 - Documentary - Development
13 June 2014 - International Documentary Program
13 June 2014 - General Documentary Program
13 June 2014 - National Documentary Program
8 August 2014 - Signature Documentary Program 

22 September 2014 - General TV Drama Production
22 September 2014 - Children's TV Drama Production

29 August 2014 - Documentary Development
29 August 2014 - Drama Development

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.

ScreenACT has relocated

As of Monday 19th May, 2014 ScreenACT has moved office.  Our website remains the same: www.screenact.com.au
Our new street address is:
Canberra Technology Park
Block A, Room 209
49 Phillip Avenue
Watson ACT 2602
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1713
Watson  ACT  2602
To reach the team:
6162 5170

Monica Penders: 
Land Line: +61 (0) 2 61625172

Victor Willis:
Project Manager
Land Line: +61 (0) 2 61625173

Janine Kaiser:
Land Line: +61 (0) 2 61625171

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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