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Newsletter 13th June 2014 Issue 119


New ScreenACT Initiatives

Canberra Region Film News

Ongoing ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Festivals & Competitions


RSVP Now for 'In Conversation' with Graeme Mason, New CEO of Screen Australia

ScreenACT Director Monica Penders will host a Q&A with Graeme Mason CEO of Screen Australia on June 24th at the National Film & Sound Archive (NFSA). A brief recap of ScreenACT’s plans for the next financial year will also be included, and you are invited to stay for a drink and chat with Graeme following the presentation.  Thanks to the NFSA for hosting the event.  Watch this space for further information soon, and save the date to attend this event.

We are looking forward to seeing you there.
Location: NFSA
Date: Tuesday, 24th June 2014                                      
Time: 6:30 PM
Entry: FREE 

Please RSVP by COB on 17th June 2014 to janine.kaiser@screenact.com.au

Canberra Shot Film 'Galore' Premieres to Packed Local Audience

The official premiere of Galore was a great success on Thursday evening, and it was a pleasure meeting the friendly cast in a Q&A session hosted by Monica Penders, Director of ScreenACT. The film deals with a teenage love triangle set against Canberra's 2003 bush fires, and it was the first feature financed through the ACT Screen Investment Fund. Galore was entirely shot in Canberra in 2012, and a number of locals filled cast and crew positions on the production.

Galore begins screening at Palace Electric Cinemas from June 19.  

Watch the trailer of Galore Here.


Call for Entries for the 19th Canberra Short Film Festival

WARNING. Deadlines are much closer than they appear. That’s why you need a plan. Or friends. Especially if they’re handy with a camera. You see it’s that time of year again when you get to THINK BIG, FILM SHORT. Yes, the 19th Canberra Short Film Festival is now open for entries. So if you’ve got a great idea for a film under 20 minutes, think big, film short, but meet the deadline of July 15. Or drag out something you’ve made over the last 18 months and send that in. Or do both!

Categories include:
  • SCHOOLS (under 18)
  • LOCAL (ACT filmmakers)
For more details visit http://www.csff.com.au
Apply online at https://www.withoutabox.com/login/5428

ACTSIA Public Liability can now be Applied for ONLINE!


Our ACTSIA PL Insurance scheme is finally available online and makes applying much simpler. All policies are available till 31st January 2015. For more information please follow this LINK



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

 2 June – Locarno International Film Festival 
13 June – Montreal World Film Festival (shorts)
13 June – London Film Festival (shorts)
19 June – Cork Film Festival 
20 June – London Film Festival (features)
20 June – Stockholm International Film Festival 
20 June – Venice International Film Festival 
30 June – Busan International Film Festival (shorts)
15 July – Canberra Short Film Festival (shorts)

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.

ACT Writers Centre Movie Ticket Giveaway

Movie Ticket Giveaway: This week we have 10 double passes to give away to see Good Vibrations. The movie follows a man named Terri, who opens a record store in Belfast in the 1970s, on the most bombed half-mile in Europe. Galvanising the young musicians into action, he becomes the unlikely leader of a motley band of kids and punks who join him in his mission to create a new community. To be entered in the draw, just send us an email with your name to admin@actwriters.org.au. Please note that only winners will be notified.

Upcoming Screen Australia Deadlines


7 July 2014 - Features- Letter of Interest and Production Investment 


20 June 2014 - Documentary - Development
13 June 2014 - International Documentary Program
13 June 2014 - General Documentary Program
13 June 2014 - National Documentary Program
8 August 2014 - Signature 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:
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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