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Newsletter 4th February 2013 Issue 93


New ScreenACT Initiatives

Ongoing ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Workshops, Seminars & Industry News

Festivals & Competitions

Seeking Expressions of Interest: Travel Grant of $2000 to Asian Side of the Docs  

A great opportunity for an emerging factual producer who has an interest in Asia.  Screen Australia is bringing a delegation to Asian Side of the Docs in Kuala Lumpur from 19th – 22nd March.
Most of the attendees are from the Enterprise Asia program – factual producers who have substantial broadcast credits.  But we have been advised that there are some places for documentarians outside of this program.  A $2,000 grant from ScreenACT plus free registration, invitations to a number of the official events, inclusion in the booklet which is handed out to all participants and pairing up with a mentor are part of this package.  
This is the first time that ScreenACT has the potential to offer an international travel grant. This application is for you to register your interest in being considered for this opportunity. 
To register your interest, fill out this online application.  Entries close soon – 13th February, 2013 – don’t delay!


SASI Insurance Update  

ScreenACT will once again be offering SASI members low-cost public liability insurance for non-commercial filmmaking in 2013/14. 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 only 85 policies are available through ScreenACT this calendar year, so please be sure to secure yours now before they sell out!   


Documentary Workshop

ScreenACT has arranged a unique 1 day workshop on Monday 18th February to help participants learn about two radically different approaches to selling/distributing your documentary into the world market.

The morning session will be hosted by Andrew Pike of Ronin Films. Andrew will breakdown the mysteries of the education market and explains how one can build a potentially steady income stream from this under-tapped market.  

At the other end of the scale, Simon Nasht and Ruth Cross from Smith & Nasht will walk you through selling/pitching larger kinds of documentaries in the afternoon session. Simon has worked in more than 30 countries, and his documentaries have won many awards/prizes including the Prix Jules Verne for international history film of the year in 2002, and two nominations for the NSW Premier’s History Prize. Ruth is Head of Development for Smith & Nasht, and has previously worked as a programmer for the Adelaide Film Festival, and was the Australian International Documentary Conference’s Marketplace Manager where she ran its flagship pitching event Meet Market

The workshop will be followed up with a special screening of ‘Canberra Confidential’ – Simon’s latest documentary on March 5th (venue TBA). The day will also include a 2 hour Masterclass with the crew of ‘Canberra Confidential’ prior to the screening (which includes the Director, Editor and Producer).

A 45 minute Q & A session will follow.

When: 10:00am - 5:00pm, Monday 5th February
Where: ScreenACT, 216 Northbourne Ave Braddon ACT 2612
Cost: $70 (SASI Members), $75 (non SASI Members)
RSVP: Essential


Register Now for Stephen Cleary's Genre Boot Camp 

Stephen Cleary returns to Canberra this April to run his Genre Boot Camp. This four day modular workshop is a fantastic opportunity for anyone involved or interested in genre writing to understand:
  • The basic principles that apply to all genre writing and the associated questions derived from them that you can apply to whatever story genre form you are working in
  • The standard set-piece genre scenes and how you vary them according to the story genre you are writing in
  • The different dialogue styles in different story genres
  • How to mix genres together, and which story genres are more or less compatible with each other and why
  • Dedicated half days on the secrets of these genres: the thriller, romance, children’s and family films and the straight drama 
The genre boot camp will take place over 4 days, spread across two consecutive weekends. Each day is a self-contained module. Participants can choose to attend any number of the days, from a single day, through to all four.   
On completion of each day, participants will be emailed a 30-page course book summarizing the day’s content, including the text of all power-point slides used and an index of film-clips shown.

Please fill out this online form to find out what is on offer for each day and to nominate which specific workshops you are interested in. Once you have completed the form you can pay via the below links.   

When: 9:30am - 4:30pm, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd of April (lunch included) 
Where: ScreenACT, 216 Northbourne Ave Braddon ACT 2612
Cost: (early bird rate available until 8th March)
1 x day $150 (SASI Members), $158 (non SASI Members) RSVP HERE

2 x days $275 (SASI Members), $289 (non SASI Members) RSVP HERE
3 x days $400 (SASI Members), $420 (non SASI Members) RSVP HERE
4 x days $500 (SASI Members), $525 (non SASI Members) RSVP HERE


Save the Date: ScreenACT EXPO 2013

ScreenACT has begun finalising their new line-up of programs, workshops and funding opportunities for the upcoming year and will be holding an Expo on March 7th to speak about all the new initiatives that will be available in 2013.  

The Expo is great way to gain knowledge and ask questions about what's on offer in 2013, and will enable you the chance to plan your year ahead.  

A workshop on how to write grant applications will also be held on the same day to educate participants on best practice methods when applying for that all important funding opportunity. More information to come soon.   


short::seasons Project Funding Opportunity

short::seasons is pleased to announce the short::seasons Project Film for autumn 2013. This is an opportunity for Canberran filmmakers to get a bit of cash, use of some equipment and heaps of support from the short::seasons team to make a film for the next short::seasons film festival. 

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).

For more information about the short::seasons autumn 2013 click here.


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: 4th February (regular); 18th February (late) 

Entry Deadline: 8th February  

Entry Deadline: 15th February 

Entry Deadline: 27th Feburary 

Entry Deadline: 1st March (regular); 15th March (late) 

Entry Deadline: 1st March (regular); 15th March (late) 
Entry Deadline: 4th March 

Entry Deadline: 28th March 

Entry Deadline: 1st April (late)

Entry Deadline: 5th April

No Interest Microcredit Loans and Mentorship Support for Women Entrepreneurs

Time limited interest free loans of up to $3000 are now available for ACT based creative and entrepreneurial women on low incomes. This funding support is designed to enable these women to further develop an existing business or start up a new enterprise.
The funding for this program is provided by the ACT Government through the Office for Women, Community Services Directorate.
Applications are due by 11 February 2013. 

For more information 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.

The Television Writers Studio 2013

The Television Writers Studio (TVWS) promises three days of the most comprehensive, challenging, fast paced and exciting learning environment for all writers with a belief in their idea and a desire to create great content for the small screen.
The US instructors will include Jen Grisanti, Ellen Sandler, Carole Kirschner and Steve Kaplan - who are among the most respected and sought after teachers of television writing and producing in the world today. Each of them have a wealth of experience writing and producing Emmy award winning television series and developing series ideas for major networks and cable, including HBO, NBC, Disney, Spelling Entertainment, CBS and the ABC.
More information about The Television Writers Studio can be found at: www.epiphany.com.au/index_tvws.html

Upcoming Screen Australia Deadlines

21 January 2013 - Features - Letter of Interest and Production Investment

28 February 2013  - Documentary Development
28 February 2013 - Drama Development

14 June 2013 - International Documentary Program
5 April 2013 - National Documentary Program
1 March 2013 - Signature Documentary Program
5 April 2013 - General Documentary Program
8 February 2013 - Documentary Development

TV Drama
8 April 2013 - General TV Drama
8 April 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.

Screen Australia Offers Travel Grants to Industry Event in India

Australia continues to develop closer ties with India, with a growing number of practitioners developing relationships in the region. Screen Australia, in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is offering travel grants of up to $3,000 for Australian industry practitioners to attend the upcoming Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Frames Convention in Mumbai, 12–14 March 2013. For more information about FICCI Frames, visit: www.ficci-frames.com 
The deadline for applications is Monday 18 February 2013.
Guidelines and application form are available here.

ABC Mini Documentary Film Competition  

To celebrate the screening of ABC’s new initiative ‘Opening Shots’ where 5 emerging filmmakers under the age of 35 were given the opportunity to make a 30min documentary, the ABC is proud to announce the launch of their Mini-Shot competition. Mini-Shots is open to anyone who has a fresh, innovative take on an aspect of contemporary Australia that will get people talking. It’s a great chance for emerging filmmakers to be in the running to win $2000 and  flex their doc making muscles! 

Deadline is 28 February, 2013 and more details about the competition can be found at: www.openingshot.abc.net.au
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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