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Newsletter 28th March 2012 Issue 75

ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Workshops, Seminars & Trainings

Canberra Region Film News

Festivals & Competitions


ScreenACT Expo Night 

With many new programs and funding opportunities now on offers, ScreenACT is holding an Expo Night to give you the opportunity to learn about all the great initiatives available to you and to meet the ScreenACT Task Force, representatives of the ACT Government department that fund ScreenACT and other industry professionals .The final program is still being developed but the Expo will be a combination of a main presentation and then “booths” where you can chat in more detail to various industry reps.
 The main topics will be:-

  • Development Fund 2012 information session
  • Low Budget Feature Pod (with the top project receiving significant production funding)
  • Short Film Feature anthology Pod (ten short films will be funded)
  • ACT Screen Investment Fund
  • SASI and the low cost Public Liability insurance
  • SPAA
  • ScreenACT’s library of equipment and resources
  • And other topics TBC.
This will be a great way to gain knowledge and ask questions about the upcoming initiatives in 2012.  Entry is free, but RSVP is essential.  Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

More information will be available shortly.

When: 5:30pm - 9:00pm Thursday 3rd May
Where: CBC Training Room, 216 Northbourne Ave Braddon 2612
Cost: FREE
RSVP: Essential


A-Z Budget Seminar 28th April 

Sandra Alexander will be hosting a seminar on Screen Australia's A-Z Budget. She will analyse and break the budget down to show producers and directors how to complete the budget properly. Sandra's experience as a line producer has given her immense experience in budget creation and handling Sandra has been a Line Producer/Production Manager of feature films and television projects in Australia and New Zealand including RETURN TO EDEN, THE LAST FRONTIER, FRAUDS, MARLIN BAY, LIFT OFF, SINGAPORE SLING, SOFT FRUIT, THE BET and SEPTEMBER (Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals). From time to time she is a consultant to Screen Australia, Screen NSW, the federal government’s Office for the Arts, the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal and Ausfilm. For those who want to budget their film successfully, come and listen to Sandra's experience and advice on this essential document.
The A-Z Budget can be found at the Screen Australia website.  

For more information see our website.

When: 9:30am-5:30pm, Saturday 28th April
Where: CBC Training Room, 216 Northbourne Ave Braddon 2612
Cost: $85 (5% off for all SASI Members)
RSVP: Essential



 Low Budget Feature Pod is coming!

The Low Budget Feature Pod is here! This fantastic opportunity invites all levels of filmmakers to start writing scripts and preparing budgets for this pod. Funding will be given to the successful applicant to make a low budget feature in the ACT. The development Pod will be run by Stephen Cleary who will develop and analyse feature film scripts. More information will be available shortly.

When: 6th-9th July and 27th-29th July
Where: TBA
Cost: TBA
RSVP: Essential


Steps for joining SASI members and for SASI Insurance:

We want to clarify again the steps that you need to complete in order to be insured.
If you miss any of these steps you will NOT be covered.


SASI Members:

  • STEP 1: Fill out the application form here
  • STEP 2: Pay for the SASI Membership - click here to pay
Annual SASI Membership Fee: $50 incl GST per person
Annual SASI Corporate Membership (5 members, same organisation) $220 incl GST


SASI Insurance: 

  • STEP 1: Complete Membership steps (see above)
  • STEP 2: Select a Insurance Benefit - click here to view benefits
  • STEP 3: Pay for the Insurance you have selected
  • STEP 4: Fill out the Public Liabilty Form and send it to Tate Harris or Chris Howe at Fincial Integrity: 
Tate Harris: tate@financialintegrity.com.au
Chris Howe: chris@finanicialintegrity.com.au
  • STEP 5: Once these steps have been completed you will recieve a Certificate of Currency from Financial Integrity and this is your proof of insurance.



Upcoming Festival Deadlines

Entry Deadline: 31st March 2012

Entry Deadline: 31st March 2012

Entry Deadline: 10th April 2012

Entry deadline: 20th April 2012

Entry Deadline: 31th May 2012

Entry Deadline: 13th June 2012

Entry Deadline: 20th July 2012

Entry Deadline: 31st July 2012

short::seasons film festival 10th April Extended DEADLINE

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 Tuesday 10th April.  Check out the short::seasons site for all the info.   


Do you want to enter the Fest21 circuit? Then sign up today and fill out your details to help your films get recognised and be part of the social media filmmaking cicuit. This is a great way to get your work and yourself out there and be recognised internationally.  Not only can you submit your film you can include your biography, blog, trailer, poster and synopsis'. Check out Fest21 website for more information.

Paid attachment wanted for television production company

Bearcage Productions are looking for a paid attachment to work in the office 2 days a week as part of the ACT Screen Investment Fund. The successful applicant will be have at least 6 months experience with applications such as:
  • Final Cut Pro
  • DVD Studio Pro
  • Apple Compressor
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop

The attachment begins on the 9th April and will run approximately 8-12 weeks.

For more information and applications please email Nunzio Gambale at nunz@bearcage.com.au

Upcoming ScreenAustralia Deadlines

13 April 2012 - Documentary Development
13 April 2012 - General Documentary Program
13 April 2012 - National Documentary Program
13 April 2012 - Producer Equity Program

31 May 2012 - Features - Production Investment

TV -Drama
7 June 2012 - Adult TV Drama
7 June 2012 - Children's TV Drama

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.

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

NFSA-ACS John Leake Emerging Cinematographers Award

The Australian Cinematographers Society and National Film and Sound Archive present the John Leake OAM Award aimed at Emerging Cinematographers. The NFSA-ACS John Leake OAM ACS Award, will provide a cash prize of $5000 to an emerging cinematographer who is either currently studying cinematography at a tertiary institution or is currently working in the film industry, and is a member of the ACS. The winner of the Award, to be announced at the ACS National Awards in Sydney on Saturday May 5, can use the prize for any educational, training, or professional work which will further his or her cinematographic knowledge. This is a great opportunity for emerging cinematographers to get their name and projects out in the industry. Applications close Friday 6th April
 For more information click here
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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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