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Newsletter 19th November 2014 Issue 127


New ScreenACT Initiatives

Canberra Region News

Ongoing ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Festivals & Competitions


APPLY NOW - ACT Screen Industry Trade Delegation to
Hong Kong Film Market & MIP TV

ScreenACT is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the next ACT Government Screen Industry Trade Delegation to the HONG KONG FILM MARKET and MIP TV in Cannes in March/April 2015.   The ACT Government will match up to 50% of the eligible costs capped at $15,000 per company.  

This delegation is aimed at screen industry professionals who have a slate of market ready commercial projects aimed primarily at the TV market, although there will be opportunities to market feature film projects.  

This is an important delegation for the screen industry and will bring profile to the ACT as a viable national and international production location.

For more information on selection criteria and how to apply please CLICK HERE
Applications Open: 12th November 2014

Applications Close: 5pm, 1st December 2014
Selection Process (panel): 1st - 12th December 2014
Approval of Applicant Numbers by Territory: 12th - 19th December 2014
Announcement of Successful Applicants: 19 – 24th December 2014

DEADLINE REMINDER - ACT Screen Arts Fund Closes 24 November 2014

Applications close 5pm, Monday 24 November 2014 for the ACT Screen Arts Fund. The ACT Screen Arts Fund focuses on projects and programs that develop screen artists – moving artists into new stages of their development. The Fund supports all narrative screen art forms including film, television, documentary, short film, experimental film, games, apps and digital media. You are able to apply for development, production and mentorships. 

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the hour-long meeting to be fully informed about the guidelines and assessment criteria.

The ACT Screen Arts Fund is part of the ACT Arts Fund program, and is administered by ScreenACT on behalf of artsACT and the ACT Government. 

For more information on how to apply please CLICK HERE 

BOOK NOW - Premiere of 'Locks of Love' 29 November 2014

Starring Lorraine Bayly, Aaron Jeffery, Colin Lane, Les Hill, Zoe Naylor, Inge Hornstra,
Cal Wilson and Kathryn Beck amo
ngst other well-known Australian stars.


Silversun Pictures and ScreenACT have produced an exciting and innovative anthology feature film, Locks of Love.  The film brings together 11 different stories and a whole new generation of talented filmmakers to tell the tales behind the padlocks of love attached to a gate in a Canberra park.
Come and celebrate our filmmaker’s achievements by attending our premiere screening of “Locks of Love” on 29th November 2014. The main screening will be at the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) followed by the after party with our special guest celebrities. Several side screenings will take place right next door at Palace Electric Cinema in NewActon.
Where: National Film & Sound Archive & Palace Electric Cinema
When: 6pm, Saturday, 29th November 2014
Bookings: CLICK HERE

ScreenACT Christmas Party

ScreenACT invites you to join us for our Christmas Party on Monday, 8 December and catch up with colleagues and friends and celebrate the year that was.  It's been a huge year in the ACT Film Industry and at ScreenACT, and we would love you to join us for a drink and nibbles to celebrate the festive season at our new home at Canberra Technology Park in Watson.

WHEN:  5:30pm-8:30pm, Monday 8th December 2014
Time:  5.30pm to 8.30pm
Where:  Block A, Room 212 Canberra Technology Park, 49 Phillip Avenue Watson ACT (ScreenACT)
PARKING: Free parking at Canberra Technology Park
COST:  Free (it is Christmas after all)
RSVP: Essential - CLICK HERE

ACTSIA Low Cost Public Liability Insurance Now Available Online


Need insurance for your short 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: 21st November (shorts) 

Entry Deadline: 26th November

Entry Deadline: 1st December  

Entry Deadline: 15th December (late) 

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.

Local Film 'The Competition' Screens at Dendy this December

The Competition (written and directed by Simon Weaving) was shot in Canberra and tells the tale of two ageing reality TV judges who are sent to a small country town to audition singers and bands for a reality talent show. The movie stars a host of Canberra actors and performers, including Leah Baulch, Jay Sullivan, Chanel Cole, Owen Campbell, Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens. Needless to say the soundtrack is superb.
The Competition premieres at Dendy in Civic on December 11, and will show until Christmas. See the trailer and more at thecompetitionthemovie.com

Special Screening of 'Stray Dogs' with Director Tsai Mong-Liang

Acclaimed director Tsai Ming-liang will present his award-winning film Stray Dogs as part of the conference Taiwan: the View from the South on 7 January 2015 at The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU.
Stray Dogs tells the story of a family that eeks out a living on the fringes of bustling Taipei, moving between the wooded limits of the city proper, to the many nooks and cracks in that offer shelter in the urban fabric. Rejecting most of what characterises conventional cinema today, Tsai’s Stray Dogs is a patient meditation, moving deftly beyond narrative to art.
The screening will be followed by a short discussion with the director.
This film screening is part of the Season Three Asia and the Pacific Screens: Survival Politics, sponsored by the Australian Centre on China in the World.
Upcoming Screen Australia Deadlines


12 December 2014 - Features- Letter of Interest and Production Investment 


23 January 2015 - Documentary - Development
30 January 2015 - Documentary Production - Producer Program

30 January 2015 - Documentary Production - Broadcast Program


27 February 2015 - General TV Drama Production
27 February 2015 - Children's TV Drama Production


13 February 2014 - Documentary Development
13 February 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


Do you have news to share? Email info@screenact.com.au

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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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