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Newsletter 1st August 2012 Issue 84


ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Canberra Region Film News

Festivals & Competitions


Screen Australia Roadshow Comes to Canberra

 ScreenACT is finally proud to host the Screen Australia Roadshow. Screen Australia invites all levels of filmmakers to attend the Public Information Session on how to 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


Low Budget Feature Pod Success!

 After the intense seven days of writing, pitching, researching and forming their concepts, the participants will have even more work to do by the 15th August. Once the final concepts are delivered the top ten concepts will be selected.
 (left photo) Andrew Pike, Monica Penders, Michael Wrenn, Kylie Du Fresnie,
Marisa Martin and Stephen Cleary giving feedback to the participants.

(right photo) Participants listening intently to the feedback.

Administration/Communications Assistant - ScreenACT - Full Time

ScreenACT is looking for an entry level administration/communications assistant who has an interest in and passion for the screen industry. The ideal applicant will be a people person, have solid computer skills such as Excel and Word, top social media skills (Twitter, Facebook); writing skills, can work unsupervised, is a team player, has a passion for the industry and is not a clock watcher.

The perfect candidate will be flexible and creative and will become an important part of the ScreenACT team. This role will require some after hours work and has the potential to expand into a more senior position depending on the candidate. Would suit a media and film, PR/Communications graduate though open to anyone with the right skill set.

Responsibilities include:
  • Administration duties such as answering phones, drafting correspondence and scheduling appointments
  • Membership co-ordination
  • Account support such as processing invoices
  • Assistance at events
  • Assisting with application processing and reporting
  • Updating social media and website
  • Writing articles
  • Other duties as required
Please send your CV and cover letter to Monica Penders, Director, ScreenACT at monic.penders@screenact.com.au by 17th August 2012.


Get in Quick! Andrew Pike Lecture on Distribution this Saturday

ScreenACT is proud to host a lecture with Andrew Pike and his great knowledge on distribution in film. Andrew Pike will be giving a presentation which will focus on pitch materials for the commercial marketplace and aspects of distribution and exhibition.  This will be beneficial to all levels of filmmakers who are in the process of developing a documentary and/or a feature film. Distribution is an important part of filmmaking and Andrew's expertise in the area will give you first hand knowledge on how and when to approach a distributor.

When: 10:00am - 12:30pm Saturday 4th August
Where: ScreenACT, Training Room, 216 Northbourne Ave Braddon 2612 ACT
Cost: $20 (SASI Members), $25 (Non-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.




AFTRS Screenwriting Course Part 2 

Remember you will save $30 if you sign up today. Get ready for AFTRS screenwriting course Part 2. ScreenACT is proud to have AFTRS 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 July (standard) 14th August (late)

Entry Deadline: 10th August 2012

Entry Deadline: 3rd September 2012

Entry Deadline: 7th September 2012

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.

Caroline Vu and Elliot Bledsoe on Crowd Funding 

Caroline Vu, New South Wales Manager at Artsupport Australia, and Elliot Bledsoe will be going to every capital city to talk about crowdfunding. Having been trained by global experts in crowdfunding, Artsupport Australia State Managers mentored a number of projects utilising crowdfunding. This is a great opportunity to talk to the experts on crowd funding and how to successfully The success rate for this pilot was 100 percent. To supplement what they learnt through the pilot, and the broader know-how out there, in the second stage we commissioned the Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries researchers to investigate motivations and barriers to crowdfunding in Australia.

5 main topics will be discussed:
  • Crowd funding platforms are platforms, not money trees
  • You need to be on Facebook
  • You need videos
  • Cost your project properly
  • Get as much insight as you can

For more information click here.

Upcoming ScreenAustralia Deadlines

All Media
8 August 2012 - All Media Production

8 August 2012 - Enterprise Program

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

See their website for the full list


Short Film Script Reading Service 

Thinking of submitting a film to the Canberra Short Film Festival? Need help with developing your 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.

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 interested please fill out the form on our website:

Call for Proposals: ABC Education Portal

The ABC and Education Services Australia (ESA) invite the independent production sector, interested businesses, individuals and institutions to submit proposals for the creation of interactive digital educational content and tools aligned to the Australian Curriculum to feature as part of a new ABC education portal. There will be a number of funding rounds over 2013 and 2014 with this funding round open until Friday, 31 August 2012.

Visit their website to dowload the submission form: http://www.abc.net.au/learn/proposals.htm  
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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