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Newsletter 1st August 2014 Issue 123


New ScreenACT Initiatives

Canberra Region Film News

Ongoing ScreenACT Initiatives

Workshops, Seminars & Industry News

Funding & Grants

Festivals & Competitions


ACT Screen Development Fund 2014 Now Accepting Applications

The ACT Screen Development Fund 2014 is now accepting applications. Funding is available for script development, project development and/or marketing activities. Please note that this funding is for projects that can expect a commercial return, and therefore short films are not eligible. 

The Development Fund underwent a number of critical changes to its guidelines last year, and prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to read the guideline material carefully before preparing a application for submission. See our website for more information.

The Fund is applicable across the mediums of film, television and digital media. 

Open: Monday 14 July, 2014   
Closing Date: 5.00pm Monday 18th August, 2014
Announcement: Week Commencing 15th September, 2014


Call for Entries: short::seasons Short Film Festival Spring 2014 

short::seasons is a non-competitive short film festival that focuses on showcasing the work of local filmmakers from across the ACT region. This is the perfect opportunity to have your film exhibited at the state-of-the-art cinema housed at the National film & Sound Archive, and experience the thrill of having your work viewed by an audience on the big screen.

We welcome submissions from everyone, and do not require submission fees. We only accept electronic submissions. Films submitted for consideration for the Spring 2014 festival will be accepted until 11:59pm September 12th 2014. To submit a film please fill out this online submission form. You will need to include a web link to your film on the form.

'Stronger Than Fiction' Documentary Film Festival 2014 

The Stronger Than Fiction documentary film festival kicked-off last night with a sold out screening of the French documentary School of Babel. The festival will continue showcasing the latest award-winning documentary films from around the globe until Sunday 3 August at the Palace Electric Cinema in NewActon.

The 11 films in the program are powerful, layered stories with strong emotional narratives and themes that offer alternative views on a range of topical issues. Films include The Kill Team - the stunning story of the murder of Afghan civilians by US soldiers, and The Crash Reel, Oscar-nominated Lucy Walker’s new film about snowboarder Kevin Pearce. Following the screenings there will be Q & A discussions with filmmakers and expert panelists.  
The festival also includes the Doco Pitching Slam, where participants have the opportunity to “pitch” their idea for a documentary. Prizes include a place on ScreenACT’s WebiPod and an equipment hire voucher for $500 from Videocraft. Only two places are still available. To register please email strongerdocs@gmail.com. Audience attendance is free. 
For the full program and more information visit strongerthanfictiondocs.com

Tickets are available now at the Palace Electric box-office or ONLINE. Book now to avoid missing out!

Screen Australia: 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 


ACTSIA Low Cost Public Liability Insurance Now Available Online


ACTSIA's low-cost Public Liability Insurance offering is now available online. All policies are available until 31st January 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: 5th August

Entry Deadline: 9th September  

Entry Deadline: 12th September 


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

Entry Deadline: 19th September  

Entry Deadline: 2nd October  


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.

Video Production Course for Beginner Filmmakers

This course is designed to give students a strong foundation of knowledge and practical experience in video production. It will teach students to develop their creativity and how to produce it into video. Students will be required to go through several in class exercises and work on projects collaboratively or on their own. This could cover films, documentaries, music or web videos. For more information please visit the AIE website.
Course requirements: This course is recommended for beginners. Having your own camera is not essential.
Course Facilitator: Amr Tawfik
Cost: $850 (Full time student discount available)
When: Commences Tuesday 5th August (3.5 hours 1 night a week for 15 weeks)
Where: AIE Canberra Campus, Watson ACT
RSVP: Essential

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


AIE Open Day 17 August

Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) Open Day on Sunday 17th August.  Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra campuses will be opening their doors to visitors eager to find out about full-time and part-time courses staring in February 2015. CLICK HERE for more information.

Date: Sunday 17th August 2014
Time: 10am to 3pm
Location: Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra Campuses 

Upcoming Screen Australia Deadlines


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


Screen Australia's documentary programs are currently under review, with draft guidelines released for industry comment on 16 July 2014 - download here. Revised deadlines for the remainder of 2014 will be announced early in the new financial year once the new programs are confirmed.

TBA 2014 - Documentary - Development
TBA 2014 - International Documentary Program
TBA 2014 - General Documentary Program
TBA 2014 - National Documentary Program


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


29 August 2014 - Documentary Development
29 August 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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