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Newsletter 15th August 2012 Issue 85


ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Canberra Region Film News

Festivals & Competitions


Check out our latest Creative Canberra Profiles:

 Surviving on Set: Jimmy Ennett      Exceptional Editing: Douglas Kirk


Screen Australia Roadshow Comes to Canberra in 1 week

ScreenACT is proud to host the Screen Australia Roadshow. Screen Australia invites all levels of filmmakers to attend the Public Information Session on how the agency is focusing its efforts to promote, grow and support Australian storytelling.  Screen Australia welcomes your contribution with the first hour being a presentation from the speakers and the second hour a meet and greet over tea and coffee. This is a once in a year opportunity  to connect with the industry and find out more about new programs and broader current policy issues.

When: 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Wednesday 22nd August
Where: Training Room, ScreenACT 216 Northbourne Ave, Braddon 2612 ACT
Cost: FREE
RSVP: Essential


short::seasons Spring call for entries

short::seasons is a short film festival focusing on showcasing the work of filmmakers from Canberra, Australia.  It is a non-competitive short film festival with the aim  being to demonstrate the strength and quality of the work of independent filmmakers who live and work in Canberra. 
Deadline: Tuesday 18th September

To submit a film please fill out the online sumbission form. Include a web link on the form or send a DVD to:
short::seasons film festival
c/- ScreenACT,
PO BOX 234 Campbell, ACT 2612

Website: http://www.screenact.com.au/shortseasons.html


Andrew Pike Distribution Seminar - A Success

What a great morning with Andrew Pike giving in-depth information and real life experiences on distribution in Australia. We had a great turnout and a demand for more seminars in the near future. Andrew has been so kind as to offer these seminars as a regular monthly event. The next seminar will be in early September. 
Andrew Pike from Ronin Films will look at "hands on" issues involved in preparing marketing materials, whether for feature films or documentaries, including press kits, trailers, advertising, stills and log-lines.  This will be a session building on the material that Andrew presented last year in Producer Pod, and will include anecdotes from Andrew's experiences in the distribution and cinema business.

When: 10:00am - 12:30pm, Saturday 8th September
Where: ScreenACT, 216 Northbourne Ave Braddon ACT 2612
Cost: $20 (SASI Members), $25 (non SASI Members)
RSVP: Essential


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.




Get in Quick - AFTRS Screenwriting Course Part 2 this Saturday 

Get ready for AFTRS screenwriting course Part 2. ScreenACT is presenting in conjunction with AFTRS the Screenwriting course Part 2 after the very successful Screenwriring Part 1.This intensive course will get you closer to a better first draft! Using a range of practical exercises, discussion and selected movie clips, we will lead you through the next stage of your script development, exploring plot points, sub plots, alternative story structures and genres. Participants will go deeper into the techniques for developing better characters to tell your stories. For more infomation click here.

When: 9:00am - 5:00pm Saturday 18th August
Where: ScreenACT, 216 Northbourne Ave Braddon 2612
Cost: $125 
RSVP: Essential




Upcoming Festival Deadlines

Entry Deadline: 31st August 2012

Entry Deadline: 31st August (early bird), 19th October (regular), 2nd November (late)

Entry Deadline: 3rd September 2012

Entry Deadline: 7th September 2012

Entry Deadline: 7th September (early bird), 30th November (regular), 14th December (late)

short::seasons Spring 2012
Entry Deadline: 18th September

Entry Deadline: 5th October 2012

Entry Deadline: 19th October 2012

Entry Deadline: 1st November 2012

Entry Deadline: 25th November 2012

Canberra Short Film Festival Workshops

In Conjunction with ScreenACT
  • Editing Take One: Cut it Up!
    For more information and bookings click here.

  • Sound Take One: Making Sweet Sound
    For more information and bookings click here.

  • Festival Special: Do BOTH workshops for $110 including GST!
    For more information and bookings click here.

In Conjunction with AFTRS
  • Creating Success with your Short Film
    For more information and bookings click here.

AIE Open Day

Come along to the National AIE Open Day this Sunday to find out more about the courses and career options in games, films and VFX.  Presentations and creative workshops will be running throughout the day.

When:10am - 3pm Sunday 19th August 2012
Where: E-Block Canberra Technology Park, 49 Phillip Ave Watson, ACT 2602
Contact: (02) 6162 5131
Website: www.aie.edu.au  

NIDA Acting Courses in Canberra

To get the essentials on acting, the National Instituate of Dramatic Art are holding acting courses in Canberra in October. This would be a great way to get some hands on experience from industry professional tutors.

Audition Essential 16 years+

10:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday 13th October - Sunday 14th October.
Where: Daramalan College
Cost: $240 (early bird until 6 September), $260 (regular, after 6 September)
RSVP: Essential

Some other NIDA courses held in Canberra:
  • Nida Acting Techniques 16 years +
  • Screen Acting Essentials 16 years +
For more information see their website.

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.  n 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.

Upcoming Screen Australia Deadlines

17 August 2012 - General Documentary Program
17 August 2012 - National Documentary Program

24 August 2012 - Travel Grant for American Film Market
15 October 2012 - Travel Grant for Asian Animation Summit

Feature Enterprise Program
17 September 2012 - Feature Enterprise Program 

28 September 2012 - Documentary Development
28 September 2012 - 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.

Local Feats - Canberra Feature Films

How many Canberra made Feature Films have you seen? Well CSFF got together with NewActon and collected 10 of the best and will be presenting them every two weeks on Thursday nights at the Kendall Lane Theatre, NewActon. Starting from August the 16th with DEMOSTRATOR from 1971 projected from the original 16mm print! Other feature films that will be showing include:
  • Sticky and Salty
  • Cthulhu
  • Strange James
  • The Dinner Party
For more information check out their Facebook Page and website. To book tickets 

MEAA Essential Filmmaking Forms

The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) is a great resource for those wanting to make a larger budget film. It allows filmmakers to access up to date forms, costs and contacts for insurance, wages and code of ethics. If you are planning to make a feature film make sure to check out this website to be up to date with award wages. If anything else it is a great way to get started on numbers for hiring crew, cast and the relevant contracts to supply. For more information visit their website:

Video Camera Weekend Workshop

Peter De Vries ACS is hosting a weekend camera workshop in North Ryde Sydney. It is a great way to enhance your camera skills with hands on experience with an industry professional. This two day workshop is suited to HD-DSLR users as well as users of conventional video cameras - anyone who wants to go beyond buttons, dials and menus.  

When: Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August
Where: Australian Cinematographers Society National Head Quarters, 26 Ridge St, North Ryde, Sydney
Cost: $790 (incl. GST)
For more information and RSVP: http://www.pieterdevries.com.au/index.php/training-courses/video-camera 

SPAA2012 Conference Online registration is now open

Over 700 Australian and international delegates will gather in Melbourne this year to attend SPAA2012. The theme, Partnerships, Growth and Consolidation provides a comprehensive platform for a programme rich in developing knowledge and relationships. Join the industry for three days of politics, business and creativity via keynote presentations, panel sessions, networking parties, screenings, pitching opportunities and markets.

The Conference will be held from Monday 12th - Thursday 15th November in Melbourne. For more information and to register click here.  

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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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