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Newsletter 25th October 2012 Issue 88


ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Canberra Region Film News

Festivals & Competitions

Low Budget Feature Presentation Evening

ScreenACT is proud to host the public presentations of the top ten finalists in the Low Budget Feature POD. Each team has embarked on a massive endeavour over the past three months to develop their scripts, budgets, production plans and distribution/marketing strategies with the aid of industry experts. Come witness the next step in their herculean effort to secure a significant investment from the ACT Screen Investment Fund in order to make their film. The projects draw from a variety genres and concepts, with each presentation promising to reveal the strength of talent and creativity residing in Canberra’s growing film community. Join us afterwards to share a drink with filmmaking teams. 

When: 6pm, Tuesday 6th November 
Where: ScreenACT, 216 Nourthbourne Av. Braddon
Cost: Free
RSVP: Essential

 short::seasons Spring Screens this Friday 

Roll out the red carpet because short::seasons Spring is finally upon us. Showcasing the work of filmmakers from across the ACT region short::seasons is a non-competitive short film festival that promises to demonstrate the strength and quality of the work being created in Canberra’s independent film scene. The National Film and Sound Archive’s state-of-the-art Arc cinema will provide the perfect venue for a night of free entertainment that will include six World Premieres. A listing of the festival’s line-up can be seen below:
  • Always the Son 
  • The Challenge
  • Tarot Mechanic
  • Wild About Kangaroos
  • Something Sweet to Eat
  • Yellow
  • Brumbies Running Free at a Place of Peace
  • The Silence of Whitewater
  • Exhibit A: Case X-2099
  • Where are the Warriors
  • Canberra Feature Film Coalition
  • Jack and Jill
  • White Collar Zombie
When: 7pm, Friday 26th October 
Where: National Film & Sound Archive 
Cost: Free

Andrew Pike Lecture Series on Distribution Continues

ScreenACT proudly announces Andrew Pike's next instalment of his survivor's guide to the Australian film industry. Andrew, Managing Director of Ronin Films, will continue to share his vast knowledge on the ins and outs of film distribution. For this lecture Andrew will talk in more detail about Theatrical Distribution through a case study of a major film release. This lecture will build upon the material that Andrew has previously presented, and will be rich in information and trade anecdotes from Andrew's experiences in the distribution and cinema business.

When: 7pm - 9pm, Tuesday 27th November
Where: ScreenACT, 216 Nourthbourne Av. Braddon
Cost: $20 (SASI Members), $25 (non SASI Members)
RSVP: Essential


ACT Screen Arts Fund 2013 Deadline Approaches

The deadline for applications to the ACT Screen Arts Fund 2013 continues to draw closer. The ACT Screen Arts Fund is open to all members of the ACT community, and focuses on projects and programs that help advance screen artists into new stages of their development. The Fund supports all narrative screen art forms from film, television, short film, experimental film, games, apps and digital media. It also aims to assist artists at all levels of their artistic development. For more information on the Fund and how to apply visit the ScreenACT website

The deadline for applications is NO LATER than 5pm, Friday 9th November 2012.


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: 1st November 2012

Entry Deadline: 15th November 2012

Entry Deadline: 30th November 2012 (offical); 31st December (late)

Entry Deadline: 7th December 2012 (early); 11th January (late) 

Entry Deadline: 15th December 2012

Entry Deadline: 1st January 2013

Entry Deadline: 4th January 2013

Entry Deadline: 11th January 2013

SPAA2012 Conference Online registration

Over 700 Australian and international delegates will gather in Melbourne this year to attend SPAA2012. The theme, Partnerships, Growth and Consolidation provides a comprehensive platform for a programme rich in developing knowledge and relationships. Join the industry for three days of politics, business and creativity via keynote presentations, panel sessions, networking parties, screenings, pitching opportunities and markets.

The Conference will be held from Monday 12th - Thursday 15th November in Melbourne. For more information and to register click here.

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.

Upcoming Screen Australia Deadlines

3 December 2012 - Features - Letter of Interest and Production Investment

28 Feburary 2013  - Documentary Development
28 Feburary 2013 - Drama Development

8 Feburary 2013 - Documentary Development
5 April 2013 - General Documentary Program
1 Feburary 2013 - International Documentary Program
1 Feburary 2013 - National Documentary Program
1 March 2013 - Signature Documentary Program

2 November 2012 - Travel Assistance: Rotterdam Lab 2013 

TV Drama
18 March 2013 - General TV Drama
18 March 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.

Local Feats - Canberra Feature Films

How many Canberra made Feature Films have you seen? Well CSFF got together with NewActon and collected 10 of the best and will be presenting them every two weeks on Thursday nights at the Kendall Lane Theatre, NewActon. Next up is THE CHIFLEYS OF BUSBY STREET on Thursday 8th November. Some others coming up include:
  • The Dinner Party
  • Into the Shadows
  • Hobby Farm
For more information check out their Facebook Page and website. To book tickets 

Writing for TV – from Home & Away to Underbelly and Beyond 

Screenwriter Felicity Packard will be presenting a public seminar next month that aims to introduce participants to the realities of writing drama for television in Australia. Felicity will discuss how story departments, networks and independent producers operate and the role of the writer in a variety of TV drama modes. 

When: 6pm, Wednesday 14th November
Where: Belconnen Arts Centre
Cost: $15 Adults, $10 Concession
Enrol: website
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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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