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Newsletter 5th September 2014 Issue 125


New ScreenACT Initiatives

Canberra Region News

Ongoing ScreenACT Initiatives

Workshops, Seminars & Industry News

Funding & Grants

Festivals & Competitions


Apply Now for SPA Conference 'Screen Forever' Registration Grants

ScreenACT is inviting Canberra filmmakers to apply for registration grants worth up to $1000 to attend the Screen Producers Australia (SPA) Conference in Melbourne from November 16-19.
SPA's Screen Forever is a unique industry event where you can meet all the industry decision makers in one place over three days. Rub shoulders with executives and producers from feature film, television drama, light entertainment, reality to interactive and games. Boasting a strong marketplace and various opportunities for delegates, this the is place where broadcasters and producers come together to do business.
ScreenACT is offering two grants to cover registration at this year's conference, which will be staged at the Crowne Conference Centre in Melbourne. Only people who have not received a SPA or AIDC Registration Grant previously are eligible for the grant. To apply, please fill out this online form.
Deadline: Applications close 5pm, 22nd September 2014 with successful applicants advised shortly thereafter.

CEO of AIE Wins National Innovation Award  

ScreenACT wishes to congratulate John de Margheriti (CEO of the Academy of Interactive Entertainment - AIE) for being recognised as the 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year at the iAwards ceremony last week. The iAwards honors Australian companies and leading professionals who are at the “cutting edge of technology innovation”.
Mr Margheriti is a strong supporter of the local screen community, establishing the AIE in 1996 as a not-for-profit school dedicated to teaching video game development, filmmaking and other media technologies. He envisions a very bright future for the ACT screen industry, and has plans to expand his investment at the AIE and the adjoining Canberra Technology Park to help grow more local jobs and companies. 

Deadline Alert: short::seasons Short Film Festival Spring 

Filmmakers have just over one week to finalise their submissions for the short::seasons Film Festival Spring, which is set to offer up the best in local shorts on Friday October 10th 2014.

Entries are welcome from anyone with a film that has a connection to Canberra, and there are no restrictions on when the film was made. Entries will close at 5pm Monday September 15th 2014, and can be submitted via this online form.
Festival Director Victor Willis has said, "short::seasons serves as a unique opportunity for local filmmakers to have their films screen at the National Film & Sound Archive’s state-of-the-art ARC cinema. The festival endeavours to expand the community’s knowledge and appreciation of the great work that’s being continually created right here in Canberra”.

A highlight of the Spring program will be two original short films that were commissioned by ScreenACT to premiere at the Festival. To find out more please visit the short::seasons website.

Directing Masterclass with David Caesar

Australian director/writer David Caesar is a guest of this year’s Canberra Short Film Festival (19 Sep –21 Sep 2014), and will be running a Directing Masterclass on Saturday 20 September 2014.
David Caesar is an Australian film and television director and writer. Caesar graduated from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) in 1987, and is one of Australia’s best-known writer-directors – including feature films Dirty Deeds, Prime Mover, Mullet, Idiot Box, and the documentary Fences.
His television work includes All Saints, Wildside, Water Rats, Halifax F.P., Bad Cop Bad Cop, and Crashburn. He also directed the mini-series RAN, and co-wrote/directed the mini-series Dangerous.
Caesar won an AWGIE and best director at Shanghai Film Festival for his film Mullet and a Queensland Premiers Literary award for the screenplay for Prime Mover in 2008. Highly respected in the industry, David has worked intimately with actors of the caliber of Toni Collette, Bryan Brown, Sam Neil and Sam Worthington.

Numbers are strictly limited, so book now to avoid missing out!

When: Block A, Room 209 Canberra Technology Park, 49 Phillip Avenue Watson ACT 
Where: 12:30pm-2pm Saturday, 20 September 2014
Cost: $20 (inc GST)
RSVP: Essential


THE CODE TV Series Premieres September 21 on ABC1

The Code, a six-part political thriller produced by Playmaker Media for ABC TV, will premiere on September 21 at 8.30pm. 
The series was partly shot in Canberra, and tells the story of two very different brothers who unearth information that those at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep secret.

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer. 
The ACT Government (through the ACT Screen Investment Fund) provided partial funding for the series, and a number of local filmmakers worked as crew and attachments on the production.
The outstanding ensemble cast includes Dan Spielman (An Accidental Soldier, Offspring), Lucy Lawless (Parks and Recreation, Xena: Warrior Princess), Aden Young (I Frankenstein, Rectify) and David Wenham (Top of the Lake, Killing Time).

ACTSIA Low Cost Public Liability Insurance Now Available Online


Need insurance for your Tropfest 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: 9th September  

Entry Deadline: 15th September 


Entry Deadline: 15th September (shorts); 29th September (features)

Entry Deadline: 19th September  

Entry Deadline: 2nd October  

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.

Travel Grants for Producers of Children's Animation

Creators of Australian animated projects for children are invited to apply to participate in the third Asian Animation Summit (AAS), to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, 3–5 December 2014. The AAS is an annual event held to showcase Asia’s strongest animated projects looking for investors and partners.
Screen Australia, in conjunction with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is offering travel grants worth $2,000. In addition, successful applicants will also be offered a free registration to AAS as well as access to negotiated accommodation rates at the host hotel.
Submission deadline is Friday 3 October 2014.
The guidelines and application form for Australian producers are available at the Screen Australia  website

Asialink Arts Residency Program Now Accepting Applications

Since 1991 Asialink's Arts Residency Program has provided professional development opportunities for arts professionals working in and across artforms, in exchange for the sharing of skills, knowledge and networks with local host communities. Asialink Arts Residencies are innovative, flexible and supportive, and are grounded in personal and enduring relationships.
Applications are now open and will close 5pm, Tuesday 30 September 2014. For more information on how to apply please CLICK HERE


Video Camera Workshop with Pieter de Vries

Cinematographer Pieter de Vries ACS is running another CAMERA, STORY, LIGHT workshop in Sydney on September 20th and 21st.
Pieter uses both DSLR's and camcorders to teach you brilliant video shooting techniques, the language of filmmaking and you'll get to use the latest cinematography tools.

CLICK HERE for more information. 
Upcoming Screen Australia Deadlines


22 September 2014 - Features- Letter of Interest and Production Investment 


17 October 2014 - Documentary - Development
31 October 2014 - International Documentary Program

31 October 2014 - General Documentary Program
31 October 2014 - National Documentary Program


22 September 2014 - General TV Drama Production
22 September 2014 - Children's TV Drama Production


31 October 2014 - Documentary Development
31 October 2014 - 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 1713
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



Natalie Miller Fellowship Now Open for Applications

Applications for the 2014 Natalie Miller Fellowship grant of $10,000 have now opened.
Founded in 2011 the Natalie Miller Fellowship (NMF) was created to recognise and nurture the next generation of female leaders in the Australian Film and Television industry and inspire them to achieve outstanding success at the most senior levels of the business.
Previous winners include Canberra’s own Harriet Pike (WildBear Entertainment). Harriet’s winning proposal included travel to the University of Oxford to attend the intensive High Performance Leadership Programme at the Said Business School.
All applications for the Natalie Miller Fellowship must be received by Monday, 15 September 2014 and the recipient will be announced at the end of November, 2014.
For guidelines and to apply visit the website: www.nataliemillerfellowship.com
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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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