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Newsletter 12th July 2013 Issue 102


Canberra Region Film News

New ScreenACT Initiatives

Ongoing ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Workshops, Seminars & Industry News

Festivals & Competitions


Apply Now for Crew Positions on Major Television Drama

The production of a 6 part political thriller for public broadcaster ABC will be shooting scenes in the ACT from September 2 to September 13. The Code is a fictional thriller set between the remote Australian desert and the corridors of power in Canberra. 

The production is looking to fill two crew positions:


If you're based in the ACT and interested in 2 weeks work as a Production Runner on a television drama, there is a position available for a hardworking and reliable person over the age of 21 with a full drivers licence to join Playmaker Media's production team for their Canberra shoot from 2nd September to 13th September 2013.  Local knowledge and a can-do attitude will be very helpful in securing this position. 

Please fill out this online form to register your interest. Applications close 5pm Friday 16 August. 
SCRIPT SUPERVISOR: (Paid Attachment)
As part of a film crew the Script Supervisor (or Continuity Person) has the responsibilities of matching action within a scene and generally maintaining continuity across scenes due to the non-linear way television productions are shot. Script supervisors are also responsible for marking up scripts for the Editor so they know what has been shot each day and also reporting to the production each day on what scenes were shot, not shot, and the duration of each shoot.  It's a complex but rewarding role and will offer a terrific position to observe all aspects of the production. 
'The Code' is offering a paid attachment for a Script Supervisor - which will be a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to gain experience in this position. 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, and is open to people of all levels of experience. 

If you're reliable, a good communicator, and have an eye for detail then please fill out this online form to register your interest. Applications close 5pm Friday 16 August.  


Applications to the ACT Screen Investment Fund Close July 26

The ACT Screen Investment Fund is calling for applications for production investment funding for eligible screen projects. The application deadline for the first funding round for the 2013-14 financial year is 5pm Friday 26th of July 2013. 
The Guidelines for applicants, application forms and other information on the application process can be found on the ACT Government's Business and Industry Development website.

Participants are encouraged to liaise with the ScreenACT Director or the ACT Screen Investment Fund Program Manager during the preparation of their applications.


short::seasons Project Funding Opportunity Opens Today

short::seasons is pleased to announce the second incarnation of short::seasons Project Film for spring 2013. This is an opportunity for Canberran filmmakers to get $1000, use of some equipment and heaps of support from the short::seasons team to make a film (under 10 minutes) for the next short::seasons film festival on the 27th of September. 

Firstly, you will need to submit a script you have written.  The short::seasons team will then pick the most suitable idea from the bunch and we will help you make it happen. One film will be chosen per season (two per year).

You can view last season's winner 'Lights" here (Writer/Producer: Nick Delatovic / Director: Luke McGrath). 

To apply please submit your script by filling out this online form. Applications close 5pm Friday 16th August.


SASI Public Liability Insurance Selling Out Fast!

ScreenACT's low-cost public liability insurance scheme for non-commercial filmmaking in 2013/14 has experienced a massive take-up for the first half of the year. 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 less than half of the original 100 policies are still available through ScreenACT this calendar year, so please be sure to secure yours now before they sell out!   


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


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: 15th July 

Entry Deadline: 15th July  

Entry Deadline: 15th July (features)

Entry Deadline: 16th July

Entry Deadline: 19th July

Entry Deadline: 26th July (late) 

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.

Call for Entries: 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 the following link: https://www.withoutabox.com/login/5428

Documentary 'Tjanpy Nyawa! Look at the Grass!' Screens Overseas

The documentary film Tjanpy Nyawa! Look at the Grass! (2012) is the result of a research project by Dr Christiane Keller into the sensory experiences of Aboriginal fibre artists in the Western Desert. It was produced in collaboration with the Tjanpi Desert Weavers in Alice Springs and Warakurna, and the filmaker Skye Raabe. It has recently been accepted for screening internationally at both the acclaimed RAI International Ethnographic Film Festival and The Down Under Berlin – Australia Film Festival. ScreenACT wishes to congratulate the film’s Director Christiane Keller (visiting academic at ANU) on her success. 

To view an excerpt of the film click here

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

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.

Call for Applications: Screen Australia Enterprise Program

Screen Australia’s Enterprise Program will, once again, provide funding of up to $350,000 per year for a three-year period to support screen businesses that have identified opportunities to develop and expand.
For the 2013 funding round, up to $2.5 million in total will be split across the successful applicants over the three-year funded period.

Applications are invited from Australian producers seeking to progress their business through a range of strategies. These include further developing their slate of projects, investigating new business opportunities, developing industry and marketplace relationships, forming new business alliances, and attracting increased levels of private investment and marketplace attachments.

Applications close Friday 9 August 2013.

For program guidelines, eligibility criteria and information on how to apply, see www.screenaustralia.gov.au/enterprise

Entries are Now Open for the 2013 Walkley Documentary Awards

The Walkley Foundation is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2013 Walkley Documentary Award.
Documentaries may encompass and in-depth examination of issues of local, national or international importance or of contemporary or historic events and may include investigative, biographical and first person stories that reflect the emotion and drama of the human experience.
Entries close 5pm on Friday August 31, 2013. Entries must have been shown in the 12 months from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013 to be eligible for entry.
For further information on entry criteria and key dates please visit http://walkley-entries.alliance.org.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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