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)
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.
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
TORINO FILM FESTIVAL
Entry Deadline: 9th September
SHORT::SEASONS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL SPRING 2014
Entry Deadline: 15th September
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
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.