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Newsletter 13th February 2015 Issue 129


New ScreenACT Initiatives

Canberra Region News

Ongoing ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Festivals & Competitions


LOCKS OF LOVE: Special Valentines Weekend Screening

Starring Lorraine Bayly, Aaron Jeffery, Colin Lane, Les Hill, Zoe Naylor,
Inge Hornstra, Cal Wilson and Kathryn Beck amongst other
well-known Australian stars.


From Florence to Paris, Melbourne to Wollongong, public places abound with padlocks connecting people forever through love. This Australian-made film tells the tales behind eleven padlocks. The dynamics of love play out in romance, friendship, family and heartbreak - charting a course across comedy, drama and even the supernatural.
A collection of stories from the heart, linked by locks on a gate.
The Locks of Love anthology feature film will be screening at the Palace Electric Cinema on Sunday 15th FEB 2015, 6:30pm and at the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre at the Central Coast on 13 February 2015, 6:30pm as a Valentine's Day Special.  A Q&A with key crew and cast will commence after both screenings and the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre offers some light snacks prior to the screening as well. We look forward to seeing you there!
Palace Electric Cinema, ACT
6:30pm, Sunday 15 February 2015

Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, NSW
6:30pm, Friday 13 February 2015

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Black Comedy Workshop
with ABC TV

Are you Indigenous AND funny? Are you a fan of ABC TV's Black Comedy? 
Well, ABC Television is looking for you!

ABC TV's Indigenous Department, in association with Screen Australia's Indigenous Department, is calling for Indigenous writers and performers to be involved in a workshop for the second series of Black Comedy. The workshop will be a hothouse environment where you will learn the basics of sketch writing, workshop ideas and then test them out.
Black Comedy is looking for people who are collaborative, have something fresh and original to say, motivated, quick-witted and above all, funny... oh, and of course Indigenous.  The workshop will be residential in Sydney for 5 days between 24 March and 29 March this year.

Interested? This is what you need to send them:
  1. A short bit about yourself and your background - a CV or a biography or just a rave about who you are, what you've done and why you think you'd be good at this.
  2. An example of your writing or performance to demonstrate your potential for comedy. This could be a written piece, a video, a radio show, a link to a YouTube vid - anything you've done which exhibits your writing and/or performing talents. Send it by snail mail or an online link. Black Comedy is looking for original ideas - NOT using existing Black Comedy characters or sketches.
  3. Confirmation that you are available for the workshop dates and that you are willing to travel to Sydney, expenses paid.
Deadline: Applications must be received by 4pm, Monday 23 February 2015
Email: (which is preferred) blackcomedy@scarlettpictures.com.au
Snail Mail: Scarlett Pictures, Level 1, 3 Little Collins St., Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Phone Enquiries: 02 8333 9090
More Information: CLICK HERE

DEADLINE REMINDER: Screen Australia & ABC2
Documentary Initiative Opening Shot 4 

Following the success of the first three series of Opening Shot, Screen Australia and ABC2 are pleased to announce that the fourth series of the groundbreaking documentary initiative for young filmmakers is open for submissions.
Opening Shot 4 is a $400,000 initiative that aims to support talented documentary makers aged 35 and under and provide an opportunity for their stories to reach a wide audience on ABC2.
ABC2 will commission up to six one-off films to form an insightful and entertaining series that looks at stories that matter to younger Australians. Applicants can apply for up to $80,000 for each half-hour documentary.
Guidelines, online application and forms can be found at the below links:

Applications close at midnight on Monday 16 February 2015.

Writers' Room 2015 Participants Announced

ScreenACT is excited to announce the successful applicants to this year's Writers' Room program for 2015. The participating group has earned the chance to receive high-end project development of their TV projects under the guidance of Shelley Birse (creator of The Code). ScreenACT is planning to host more Writers’ Room programs later in the year with equally prominent ‘showrunners’ from across Australian television. 

The 7 writers selected for the program are (in no particular order): 
  • Hew Sandison & Ashley Charnock
  • Georgina Jenkins
  • Clare Young
  • Nicky Tyndale-Biscoe
  • Declan Shrubb
  • Eleanor Horn

NET-WORK-PLAY Registration Grants Announced 

ScreenACT is pleased to announce the two recipients of Registration Grants to year's inaugural NET-WORK-PLAY conference (presented by AIDC) that is being held from February 23-25 in Adelaide.
The 2 filmmakers selected for funding are (in no particular order): 
  • Alice Taylor
  • Kris Kerehona

REGISTER NOW: Lights! Canberra! Action! Film Festival 

2015 sees the twelfth incarnation of the highly successful Lights! Canberra! Action! Film Festival held right here in the Nation's Capital at 7:30pm on Friday 6 March 2015 (Senate Rose Gardens, Old Parliament House).

Local filmmakers embark on ten-day filmmaking odyssey, incorporating ten special items into their films in an effort to craft a high scoring film. Prizes will be given out to the best films on the night.
The theme for this year festival is SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS.
For more information on the Festival please CLICK HERE
To register your interest please CLICK HERE

ACTSIA Low Cost Public Liability Insurance Now Available Online


Need insurance for your Lights! Canberra! Action! short film? ACTSIA's low-cost Public Liability Insurance offering is now available online. All policies are available until 30 June 2015.

For more information please CLICK HERE

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


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 ACTISA.

For more information on equipment and ACTSIA visit our website
To book equipment please click here.



Upcoming Festival Deadlines

Entry Deadline: 26th February 2015

Entry Deadline: 27th February 2015

Entry Deadline: 2nd March 2015 

Entry Deadline: 10th April 2015

Visit the ScreenACT website for a complete listing of upcoming Festivals. 

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. In 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.

Movie Club Radio Show & Podcast

The Movie Club is a weekly radio show broadcast on ArtSound 92.7 FM. Join Luke McWilliams and Marisa Martin as they review new cinema releases, and cult\classics! The duo also have a look at any and all film-festivals and local film news!

To download the podcast please CLICK HERE

Good Pitch Australia  

GOOD PITCH² AUSTRALIA is reminding filmmakers that the deadline for 2015 submissions is just four weeks away. Submissions must be completed by COB on March 4.
GOOD PITCH² - the international forum for social impact documentaries – will return to the Sydney Opera House on September 16 this year after the successful inaugural event in October 2014.
Filmmakers will need to submit a trailer or key sequence from their film plus a 2-minute video telling the GOOD PITCH² AUSTRALIA team. Projects are distinguished by the film team’s availability and commitment to building a community engagement and outreach strategy.
Applications can be made at:
If you would like further information or to discuss your film’s eligibility, you can call the GOOD PITCH² AUSTRALIA team on:
(02) 8353 3623.

Upcoming Screen Australia Deadlines


20 February 2015 - Features- Letter of Interest and Production Investment 


10 April 2015 - Documentary - Development
13 March 2015 - Documentary Production - Producer Program

10 April 2015 - Documentary Production - Broadcast Program


27 February 2015 - General TV Drama Production
27 February 2015 - Children's TV Drama Production


1 May 2015 - Documentary Development
1 May 2015 - 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. ScreenACT Project Manger Victor Willis 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 submit you script here.

ScreenACT has Relocated

As of Monday 19th May, 2014 ScreenACT has moved office.  Our website remains the same: www.screenact.com.au
Our new street address is:
Canberra Technology Park
Block A, Room 209
49 Phillip Avenue
Watson ACT 2602
Mailing Address:
PO Box 7131
Watson  ACT  2602
To reach the team:
PH: 6162 5170

Monica Penders: 
Land Line: +61 (0) 2 61625172

Victor Willis:
Project Manager
Land Line: +61 (0) 2 61625173

Janine Kaiser:
Land Line: +61 (0) 2 61625171


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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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