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Newsletter 23rd February 2012 Issue 72

ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings


Canberra Region Film News

Festivals & Competitions

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


Are you doing Lights! Canberra! Action!?
Sign up to SASI to get the 3 day public liability insurance for only $33 (plus membership)



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.


DocoPod Success!

Our Doco Podlets. From left to right: John Cougar, Juliet Lamont, Deborah Kingsland, Dominic Melano, Justin Ray, Rob Nugent, Monica Penders, Simon Cunich, Justene Taylor-Canon

Doco Pod was a great success over the weekend with 6 lively participants learning the ins and outs of how to make a documentary. Juliet Lamont, Rob Nugent and Harriet Pike led the team to the markets (at 6am!) to show them how to work practically in the field. It was a successful weekend with a few newcomers and some oldies. We have a striving documentary community in the ACT which is demonstrated by the talent and committment from this weekend! Well done everyone and thank you to our superb presenters.   



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

Entry Deadline: 31 May 2012

Entry Deadline: 13 June 2012

Entry Deadline: 20 July 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.   

New Horror Film Festival for Canberra

Filmmaker Tim Stiles is developing a  new Canberra short film festival for horror films later this year. The Cirque du Nocturne Short Film Competition aims to get a niche market off the ground by encouraging and developing the horror genre in the Canberra region. Tim Stiles has had experience with many horror films over the years, most recently his involvement with the feature film Theatre of the Dead. For more information on  Tim Stiles and The Cirque du Nocture Film festival see his website.

MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) Seminar

When:Tuesday 6th March
Where: ScreenACT 216 Northbourne Ave Braddon ACT 2612
RSVP: Essential - through ScreenACT website

Mark Woods will be coming to Canberra to talk about the unique opportunities and inside information into the renowned Melbourne International Film Festival. Mark Woods is the Industry Program Director and has had many experiences with screenings, agents, sales, marketing and distribution of films in Australia. This is a great opportunity to come and hear from an experienced festival coordinator and how he liasons with clients and manages events in the film industry.

Upcoming ScreenAustralia Deadlines

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

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

NEW Producer Offset Forms please click here

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.

Tropfest Finalists

Congratulations to Canberra Tropfest finalists Scott and Brent Holgate for their film Matchbox Brothers. Also a congratulations to Christian Doran and John Frohlich who are finalists in the Telstra Mobile Masterpieces for their short mobile film Always the Son....
Congratulations to both films for getting so far in a very competitive competition. A Tropfest 2012 DVD can be recieved in every Sydney Morning Herald.

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

First Improvised Film Festival

Entries are now open for Canberra's first improvised film festival. It will run from the 30th June - 7th July alongside the world improvisation conference Improvention. The festival's aim is to promote, develop and celebrate improvisation on the screen. The festival comprises of the screening of films and an awards ceremony. It is an international festival, open to all with one binding requirement: The film must be improvised and have no credited script writer. Film award entry categories:
  • Short Film (under 20 minutes)
  • Long Film (over 20 minutes)
  • Filmed Improvised Performance (any length)
  • MyMobile Film (shot on a mobile or tablet device)
  • 30hr Instant Film competition: Just Add talent (must be made in 30 hrs after signature items announced)
For more information see their website. Alternatively you can email them with any questions or queries.
Do you have news to share? Email info@screenact.com.au

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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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