Newsletter 4th March 2014 Issue 114
New ScreenACT Initiatives
Workshops, Seminars & Industry News
Canberra Region Film News
Ongoing ScreenACT Initiatives
Funding & Grants
Festivals & Competitions
Filming Wraps on Anthology Feature 'Locks of Love'
Pictured: Robb Shaw-Velzen (far right) with the cast and crew of 'Captial L'
Filming for ScreenACT’s forthcoming feature film ‘Locks of Love’ officially wrapped on the weekend with the final short film, ‘Capital L’. Christian Doran wrote and directed the film, with Janine Kaiser producing. The film sees a young woman (played by Kathryn Beck) struggle without her father’s acceptance in the tumultuous run-up to her wedding.
‘Capital L’ is one of 11 short films to make up the anthology, and will serve as interstitials to interlink the other short films and complete the anthology.
Jane Kaiser said "Christian Doran and Cinematographer Robb Shaw-Velzen managed to transform the script into some really beautiful images. Everyone was amazed by Kathryn Beck's performance in the lead role, and we’re all very keen to see the final film.”
The feature is due for a limited theatrical release later this year.
Screen Producers Australia National Roadshow Visits Canberra
Matthew Deaner (Executive Director) and Matthew Hancock (Strategy and Insights) from 'Screen Producers Australia' are heading to Canberra as part of a National Roadshow to sit down with ScreenACT Director Monica Penders to talk about local issues affecting ACT and shed some light on Canberra's policy agenda. They’ll also give an update on Screen Producers Australia’s current industrial negotiations to modernise industry agreements and the range of new production services soon to be available.
Locally produced television and film productions such as The Story of Australia and Galore are receiving a lot of attention yet there are challenges ahead. Our public broadcasters are under review, there are fears of deregulation of commercial broadcasters and concerns are growing around securing theatrical releases. So what can you do about it? You can start by attending the National Roadshow on Monday, 17 March.
When: 4:00pm-6:30pm, Monday 17th March (afternoon tea provided)
Where: The Bogong Theatre, Gorman House Arts Centre, Ainslie Avenue, Braddon, ACT 2612
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please include your name and 'Canberra' in the email)
Travel Grant Recipients for AIDC 2014 Announced
AIDC is part of DocWeek, and is the most important industry meeting for documentary professionals in Australia. Bringing together producers, distributors and broadcasters, AIDC offers a platform to build strong professional and international networks, to promote deals and presales for programs in production and to initiate new co-production projects.
ScreenACT would like to wish both Michael and Ian a productive conference.
More information about AIDC and DocWeek can be found at: http://docweek.org.au/industry
Lights! Canberra! Action! Screens Friday March 7
Lights! Canberra! Action! is set to screen this Friday (March 7) at the Senate Rose Gardens. A fantastic film event, Lights! Canberra! Action! challenges budding filmmakers to write, shoot, edit and produce a seven minute short film in 10 days .
The 12 selected films have been developed around 10 theme-specific items, and the evening is filled with laughs, shared recognition and some very good craft. See the premiere film screenings and hear the winners from the judges’ mouths. Bring your beanbag, chair or picnic rug and settle in for a great night of short film viewing.
When: 7:30pm, Friday 7th March
Where: Senate Rose Gardens, Old Parliament House King George's Terrace, Barton
Cost: Free (Ages 15+ / Under 15s with an Adult)
GOOD PITCH Coming to Australia in 2014
GOOD PITCH², the international forum for high impact, feature-length documentaries, will be held in Australia for the first time in Sydney in October 2014. GOOD PITCH² is a partnership between BRITDOC and Sundance Documentary Film Program, and has been gaining momentum since the first international event in 2009. In recent years, three GOOD PITCH² films were nominated for Academy Awards.
GOOD PITCH² brings together documentary filmmakers with foundations, not-for-profits, campaigners, philanthropists, policy-makers, brands, educators, broadcasters and media to forge powerful alliances around ground breaking films that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society.
At each each GOOD PITCH² event, seven filmmaking teams are chosen to pitch their feature documentary and its associated outreach campaign to the 10 invited representatives at the table, and a theatre of up to 300 participants. A moderated session follows each pitch with the aim of creating a lasting and unique coalition around each film, to maximise its impact and influence in the years ahead. The pitch is not a dragons den style competition. GOOD PITCH² is structured so that all projects can successfully pitch for support.
For further information about submission process and GOOD PITCH² AUSTRALIA, please email: email@example.com or visit www.goodpitch2australia.com.au
Also, at this week's AIDC documentary filmmakers are invited to learn more about GOOD PITCH² AUSTRALIA and the opportunities it presents, at an information session and drinks hosted by the Shark Island Institute and Documentary Australia Foundation. Ian Darling, Executive Director of the Shark Island Institute, will also present a masterclass on Philanthropic Funding for Social Impact Documentaries at AIDC.
Public Liability Insurance Update for 2014-2015
A new PL Insurance scheme has been negotiated, and is currently available upon request. For more information please contact Victor Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 6247 4199
The PL Insurance offering will officially launch in early-March 2014 and will be made available online. Stay tuned for future announcements!
ScreenACT Online Actors Directory
ScreenACT launched its free online Actors Directory in April 2013. 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.
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.
OVER THE FENCE COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL
Entry Deadline: 1st April (late)
REVELATION PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Entry Deadline: 11th April 2014
NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Entry Deadline: 17th April
SCREEN MY SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL
Entry Deadline: 11th May
AESTHETICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Entry Deadline: 31st May
Upcoming Festival Deadlines
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. I
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.
Call for Entries: Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014
The Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2014 is now open for entries, offering both emerging and established filmmakers the opportunity to engage with new, international audiences and interact with some of the biggest personalities in the film industry today.
Click HERE to view last year’s trailer. Entries close 31 May. Visit www.asff.co.uk for more information and to enter.