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Newsletter 18th November 2013 Issue 109


New ScreenACT Initiatives

Ongoing ScreenACT Initiatives

Canberra Region Film & Digital News

Funding & Grants

Festivals & Competitions

YouTube Information Session with Kristen Bowen

YouTube leaders see untapped potential for Australian content creators to connect directly with their audiences and expand their reach online.
Kristen Bowen, Manager Content Relationships, YouTube Entertainment, will provide an insider’s view of the YouTube ecosystem; including potential for partnerships, revenue, copyright management, customisation, trends, YouTube’s Playbook and other tools. This seminar coincides with the recent Screen Australia announcement of 'Skip Ahead', a new program supported by YouTube that looks to expand support for online content creators in Australia. 

When: 5:30pm - 6:30pm Thursday 28th November
Where: ScreenACT, 216 Northbourne Avenue, Braddon ACT 2612
Cost: Free
RSVP: Essential


Buy Your Tickets for 'Body of Work' Now Before it Sells Out! 


The film industry is a hard business where persistence matters and Harvey Weinstein has certainly persisted. Indie films really struggled to get attention and then along came Harvey.
In November 2013 the inaugural 'Body of Work' honours the great movie impresario Harvey Weinstein. Harvey has been helping films and filmmakers for 30 years, as a producer, executive producer and distributor - getting films noticed; getting them into festivals; getting them nominations and getting them on to screens.
Come join Harvey and some of the greats of the Australian film industry – Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Rachel Griffiths, Guy Pearce and more.
Purchase tickets and find out more about Body of Work at the website http://www.bodyofwork.org.au/

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.

Braidwood Writer's Retreat

Are you a writer, author, blogger, journalist or creative ready to have more success?

Are you a published professional, but feel like there's never time to step back, assess, and focus on what you really want?

Do you have a story to tell, but need help getting it out into the world?

Billie Dean and Andrew Einspruch invite you to the beautiful heritage-listed town of Braidwood, NSW to steep yourself in the experience, the tools, the tricks and processes of writing. The weekend will be part learning from a team of experts (including Tim Ferguson, Geoffrey Atherden and Stephen Measday), part building new writing habits, part exercises to boost your creativity, and part butts-in-the-chair writing, writing, writing. For more information click here

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 of phone: (02) 4842 2819

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 16 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: 21st November (early bird) 

Entry Deadline: 29th November (shorts) 

Entry Deadline: 29th November

Entry Deadline: 1st December  

Entry Deadline: 1st December  

Entry Deadline: 6th December

Entry Deadline: 15th December (late) 

Entry Deadline: 31st December 

Entry Deadline: 31st December 

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.

Write Your Funny Movie with Lucy Baker

 This course is run by the ACT Writers Centre, and will cover topics such as:
  •  is this idea the right idea?
  • what you need to know about structure
  • know your comedy genre
  • how to make comedy writing look easy
  • the pulling power of character
  • thickening your plot
  • mastering the perfect pitch
  • what next?
Participants need to bring their idea and/or first draft, as they will be working on their movies, through a series of exercises in addition to watching excerpts from movies that demonstrate plot formation, turning points and characterisation.

Lucy Baker has taught screenwriting for over a decade. She has won several international awards for writing, with one of her comedy screenplay nominated for the Monte Miller AWGIE Award for 'Best Australian Script'.
When: 10am-4pm, Saturday 23 November
Venue: ACT Writers Centre workshop room.
Cost: $110 members, $95 concessional members, $170 non-members (includes 12 months of membership); SASI Members receive the Member discount
Bookings: You can book by phone on 6262 9191, online or at the office. Payment is required at time of booking.

Reel Health: International Health Short Film Festival

They’re fast, they’re fresh and they’re full of heart: fifteen of the world’s most captivating health films will light up silver screens in Australia as the inaugural Reel Health: International Health Short Film Festival rolls across the country from late November this year, stopping in Canberra on 29 November 2013.

When: 7pm, Friday 29 November 2013
Where: National Film and Sound Archive at McCoy Circuit, Acton ACT
Tickets: Book Here

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
25 November 2013 - High-End Television Development

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.

 New High End Television Development Program Announced

Screen Australia has announced a landmark program to support the development of internationally driven high-end television drama. The program has been set up in recognition of the unprecedented audience and market growth for high-end television, including titles such as Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Top of the Lake, House of Cards and The Bridge.
The program aims to assist Australian producers to develop inventive, high-end ideas from concept to series bible and first draft pilot script. It will fund up to five projects each year in two rounds, with up to $40,000 available for each successful project. The deadline for applications for the first round is 25 November 2013, with the guidelines and the application form now available on the Screen Australia website.
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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