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 email@example.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.
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
CORK FILM FESTIVAL
Entry Deadline: 5th August
TORINO FILM FESTIVAL
Entry Deadline: 9th September
SHORT::SEASONS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL SPRING 2014
Entry Deadline: 12th September
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
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
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