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Newsletter 19th June 2013 Issue 101


New ScreenACT Initiatives

Ongoing ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Workshops, Seminars & Industry News

Canberra Region Film News

Festivals & Competitions


Don't Miss Out! Limited Available in Comedy Writing Workshop with Tim Ferguson 

One of Australia’s most successful comedians reveals the fundamentals of strong comedy writing in this 2-day workshop. Tim Ferguson (Doug Anthony All Stars, Funky Squad, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush, Good News Week, The Glass House) offers simple, original and practical insights for screenwriters trying to expand into comedy writing for television and film.

Tim will provide new approaches to working with characters, story structures, comic sub-genres, metaphors, pathos, subtext and the rhythms of comic dialogue. Learn how to construct a sitcom from the ground up, making choices in terms of theme, genre, style and tone.
The course includes lectures, script analysis, workshopping and the viewing of excerpts from sitcoms and comedy films. It concludes with methods for formulating series bibles and pitching concepts to Australian and international film and television markets.
Tim is a consultant in narrative comedy and script development for production companies and television networks in Australia and Britain, and author of the bestselling comedy manual The Cheeky Monkey - Writing Narrative Comedy. He lectures in narrative comedy and screenwriting at RMIT's School of Media & Communication in Melbourne.

PLEASE NOTE: Numbers for the Workshop are strictly limited so enroll now to guarantee your place! 

When: 9:30am-4:30pm, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June (lunch included)
Where: ScreenACT, 216 Northbourne Ave Braddon 2612 ACT
Cost: $275 (SASI Members), $300 (non SASI Members)
RSVP: Essential


Call for Entries for the 18th Canberra Short Film Festival

 The 18th Canberra Short Film Festival is open for entries – the deadline is July 15.

If you have made a film under 20 minutes in the last 18 months, CSFF organisers would love to see it.
There are cash prizes and the final selection of films will be shown on the big screen at Dendy Canberra in September.

Categories include:
  • SCHOOLS (under 18)
  • LOCAL (ACT filmmakers)
For more details visit www.csff.com.au
Apply online at https://www.withoutabox.com/login/5428

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 85 policies are 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 June (regular); 26th July (late) 

Entry Deadline: 21st June 

Entry Deadline: 28th June (shorts)

Entry Deadline: 28th June 

Entry Deadline: 7th July 

Entry Deadline: 1st July (shorts); 15th July (features)

Entry Deadline: 15th July 

Entry Deadline: 16th July

Entry Deadline: 19th July

Entry Deadline: 31st July 

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.

AIE Online Open Day June 22

If you're interested in AIE's online courses then the upcoming Online Open Day on Saturday June 22nd is an ideal opportunity to find out more. Course overview sessions will be running on the range of online courses in 3D animation, game programming and game design offered by AIE. With classes starting all the time, starting your career as a game developer or 3D animator has never been easier.
Teachers will be running workshops in the morning and afternoon sessions. Workshops include Puzzle making (programming) , Fun with Physics (Programming), Cool Clouds (Maya dynamics) and Adding realism to textures (eg Grimy dirty old places).
To book your book your place click here

Short Film 'The Phone Call' Wins at NSW Nurses & Midwives Short Film Festival

ScreenACT wishes to congratulate filmmaker Leonie Keen on her award-winning short film ‘The Phone Call’. Leonie wrote and directed the 5 minute film that screened recently at the New South Wales Nurses and Midwives Association 2013 Short Film Festival, which was held in Sydney last month. 'The Phone Call' deals with the challenges faced in today’s nursing profession. Leonie received the Maureen Puhlman Encouragement award and $1000 prize money for her efforts.

Upcoming Screen Australia Deadlines

29 July 2013 - Features - Letter of Interest and Production Investment

9 August 2013  - Documentary Development
9 August 2013 - Drama Development

21 October 2013 - International Documentary Program
19 August  2013 - National Documentary Program
19 August 2013 - General Documentary Program
 26 August 2013 - Documentary Development

TV Drama
14 October 2013 - General TV Drama
14 October 2013 - Children's TV

12 July 2013 - Games Production

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.

ABC TV Factual Calls for Proposals for Family Season

ABC TV Factual is calling for one-off documentary ideas to form a season on the ‘Family, and the Future of Family in Australia’ for ABC1. 

ABC TV Head of Factual Phil Craig said "“We’re looking to create a season for filmmakers who have something powerful and important to say, and we’re looking for a range of styles and voices that will engage a prime-time audience on ABC1 and really get people talking.” 

The subject of ‘Family and the Future of Family in Australia’ is deliberately broad: critical to the assessment criteria will be the strength of the central idea, and the creative approach for bringing it alive for the Australian prime-time audience.

ABC Factual will welcome concept pitches of approximately 2-3 pages, including a short statement about the online potential of the idea.
Proposal synopses should be sent to ABC Factual:

Edwina Waddy: waddy.edwina@abc.net.au
Cc: Sandra Ricklefs: ricklefs.sandra@abc.net.au
Deadline for proposals: Friday, June 28, 2013
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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