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Newsletter 9th February 2012 Issue 71

ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Canberra Region Film News

Festivals & Competitions

Our New initiative, SASI, has member benefits including low cost insurance

Introducing SASI

ScreenACT Screen Industry, or SASI for short, is a new membership organisation run by ScreenACT.  Membership is on an annual fee basis and provides members with a list of benefits and most importantly, access to low cost public liability insurance. 

List of Benefits

  • 5% Discount on Registration for ScreenACT Courses and Events
  • 10% Discount on equipment hire from ScreenACT (coming soon)
  • Ability to purchase SASI Insurance
  • Discounted rate on Canberra Business Council Room Hire
  • ½ hour free legal advice from Chamberlains via SASI Legal Cafe
  • A nifty Membership card
Annual SASI Membership Fee: $50 incl GST per person
Annual SASI Corporate Membership (5 members, same organisation) $220 incl GST


SASI Subsidised Insurance

SASI members have access to low-cost public liability insurance for non-commercial filmmaking. 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 to apply for the insurance, click on the blue button below.


Horror Pod Success


The first 2012 Pod went off without a hitch! Stephen Cleary wowed and scared all participants in the Horror Writing Workshop with Screen ACT receiving very positive feedback. Thankyou to all who particpated and helped out over the weekend - we hope Doco Pod in 2 weeks will be just as successful (although a little less scary)!  

Monica Penders, Director of ScreenACT, is scared of all the horror podlets!



When: Friday 17th - Sunday 19th Febraury 2012
Where: CBC Training Room, 216 Northobourne Ave, Braddon 2612
Time: 9.30am - 5.00pm
Cost: $385 incl GST

Successful local documentarian Robert Nugent will be running DocoPod  and participants should be prepared for an adventure.  This will be a very practical course including a field trip to NFSA to learn how to access this wealth of material we have at our fingertips, and a trip to Rob’s edit suite where he will show you how he works and edits his award winning documentaries.  You will also get the chance to do some practical on camera exercises as well as ask heaps of questions.   Producer Harriet Pike will be giving you the low down on how to finance and distribute your documentary.  Places are limited to 12!  So if you are interested, you had better book now via the  website.



Upcoming Festival Deadlines

Entry Deadline: 27th February 2012

Entry Deadline: 2nd March 2012

Filmmaking 24 Feb - 5 March 2012
Entry Deadline: 5th March 2012

Entry Deadline: 31st March 2012

Entry Deadline: 2nd April 2012

Entry Deadline: 31 May 2012


short::seasons film festival

The short::seasons film festival is back!  Showcasing the work of up and coming filmmakers from the Canberra Region since 2001, ScreenACT is bringing back the popular festival.  short::seasons brings together  filmmakers, animators and documentarians in a twice a year, non-competitive screening of short works.  Screenings this year will take place at the Arc Cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive.  short::seasons is currently calling for submissions for the autumn'012 festival.  Deadline is Monday 2nd April.  Check out the short::seasons site for all the info.   

MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) Seminar

When:Tuesday 6th March
Where: ScreenACT 216 Northbourne Ave Braddon ACT 2612
RSVP: Essential - through ScreenACT website

Mark Woods will be coming to Canberra to talk about the unique opportunities and inside information into the renowned Melbourne International Film Festival. Mark Woods is the Industry Program Director and has had many experiences with screenings, agents, sales, marketing and distribution of films in Australia. This is a great opportunity to come and hear from an experienced festival coordinator and how he liasons with clients and manages events in the film industry. For more information see the website.

Upcoming ScreenAustralia Deadlines


16 March 2012 – Documentary Development
16 March 2012 – Drama Development

TV Drama
16 March 2012 – General TV Drama
16 March 2012 – Children’s TV Drama

All Media
10 February 2012 – All Media Production
17 February 2012 – Digital Ignition

See their website for the full list


Short Film Script Reading Service 

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.

Tropfest Finalists

Congratulations to Canberra Tropfest finalists Scott and Brent Holgate for their film Matchbox Brothers. Also a congratulations to Christian Doran and John Frohlich who are finalists in the Telstra Mobile Masterpieces for their short mobile film Always the Son....
Both films will be screened on Sunday 19th February at Commonwealth Park starting at 3pm. Screen ACT wishes both teams luck at this year's competition. 
Articles on both competitors can be found here:  

Project Attachment Register

As part of the ACT Screen investment fund, successful projects are required to have Canberran people "attached" to their projects. Attachments are a paid learning experience for people wishing to gain valuable insight into the filmmaking process on a real working set. Attachments can last from two weeks to six months. We are starting a database of people who are interested in taking up attachment places on ACT Screen investment funded projects. If you're intersted please email us with your CV attached: info@screenact.com.au
Do you have news to share? Email info@screenact.com.au

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The ScreenACT Experience Level 'Three E's'
IIn 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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