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Newsletter 16th June 2011 Issue 53

Welcome to the new look ScreenACT Newsletter!  In this issue, more information about Producer Pod including international guests as well as more opportunities for funding and screenings.

Happy DocoPodders from 2011

Producer Pod

Introducing Producer Pod, a development initiative aimed at building the skill sets of Screen Producers from the ACT & Region.   Producer Pod has two phases:

Phase One consists of two workshops forming the core course – Friday 8th July to Monday 11th   (four days)   and  Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th July (3 days).
Phase Two consists of specific project workshops around  film/tv/games – dates are still to be set but they will be  held later in the year.

For Phase One we will have three areas of focus all concentrating on producing:  Making your project good (Development for Producers); Getting your project off the ground (Financing – traditional and new ways) and Getting your project out (Distribution and marketing - traditional and new ways). 

Some of the highlights: 

  • What it means to be a Producer with Mary Jane Skalski, New York Producer of Oscar nominated feature ‘The Visitor’.
  • Business Basics delivered by Canberra Business Point
  • Development for Producers delivered by International script consultant, Stephen Cleary  
  • Producing Low Budget Features with Tait Brady from AFTRS - how, why and what not to do
  • Legals, Copyright, Crowd Funding - what every Producer needs to know, presented by entertainment lawyer Christine Cunningham
  • Distribution and Marketing with  Andrew Pike, Ronin Films
  • Development and Financing funding - where to find it, how to write a good application
  • Using Social Media and Crowd Funding delivered by Simon Britton, Media Wave & Ross Howitt, Feature Club
  • Sales and Distribution with Michael Wrenn, Curious Film
  • Financing (Development, Production & Producer Offset) with Screen Australia’s Chris Oliver & Team
  • What Raises Red Flags to Financiers delivered by Completion Bond Guarantor David Noakes

Interested? Get in quick as there are limited spaces.    Download the application form here.    Cost for core course $600 which includes materials and lunch each day.

Opening Shot Doco Grants

Call for Applications: Deadline 1 July
Screen Australia and ABC TV Documentaries today announced the launch of Opening Shot, a $400,000 initiative that aims to encourage emerging documentary makers and create a prime time series for ABC2.   ABC TV is looking to commission up to six one-off films to form an insightful and entertaining series that will look at contemporary Australian life and appeal to a broad audience.   Applicants can apply for up to $80,000 for each half-hour documentary. 'Emerging' is defined as the director being 35 or under at 1 July 2011.
Guidelines and application forms can be found online

Canberra Short Film Festival

Call for Entries: Deadline 25th June
The 16th annual Canberra Short Film Festival is one of Australia's premier film competitions and the meeting place for our hottest short filmmakers.  This year's Festival will run at Dendy Cinemas over three glittering nights during Floriade from Friday 16th September through Sunday 18th September. Cash prizes (up to $1,500) will be awarded in four categories -National Schools, Grass - Roots, Emerging and Practising. There is also a People's Choice award in each category.

Show Me Shorts Festival

Call for Entries: Deadline 4th July 
2011 entries are open to short filmmakers world-wide for the first time, so we are expecting record numbers and a resulting lift in the array of filmic delights we will have for your viewing pleasure come November.  Filmmakers should note that the guidelines around length have changed this year to require our short films to be between 2 and 20 minutes long and made within the last two years. 
 Check out the details of how you can enter your film on our website.

Kit Denton Disfellowship

Applications Close: Friday 1st July   

Are you harbouring a dangerous idea you’d love to see on Australian screens – but reckon no one out there wants to know? Then try us - they’re the very ideas we want.

We’re looking for strong, exciting, subversive ideas; a project of exceptional quality that would make for great Australian television, film or new media, if only some bastard would back it.  The Kit Denton Disfellowship is a grant and support worth $30,000 to help you get your idea written for screen production. Initiated by Zapruder’s Other Films, and supported by all the players below.

You can also nominate others. Entry forms and guidelines are available here.

$44,000 Scholarship for Budding Filmmakers

Entries Close: 21st October

International Film School Sydney (IFSS) – the home of daring cinema – has announced the opening of its exciting competition for one talented individual to receive a full $44,000 two year scholarship to study at IFSS.  

Budding film makers are being encouraged to submit a short film of their making to the theme ‘Be Daring’.  

Entries will be judged on originality, creativity and overall technical competence.  

For further information and the competition terms and conditions visit www.ifss.edu.au

Upcoming ScreenAustralia Deadlines
Documentary  1 July
All Media (Digital Ignition & All Media) 8 August

Production Investment
Features - Production Investment  20 June
Adult TV Drama 14 October
Children’s TV 14 October
General Documentary Program 1 July, 19 August, 14 October
International Documentary Program 1 July, 14 October
National Documentary Program 1 July, 19 August, 14 October
Signature Documentary Program 9 September

Indigenous Programs
Documentary Development 5 August, 4 November, 16 March 2012
Drama Development 5 August, 4 November, 16 March 2012

See their website for the full list

Call to Country: Indigenous Documentary Makers

Call for Entries:Deadline 24th June
The Indigenous Department of Screen Australia, in association with the ABC, is pleased to announce Call to Country, a new initiative to unearth Indigenous Australian documentary makers.  Five chosen applicants will take part in a week-long documentary making workshop in August 2011.  Applicants will need to submit a three-minute micro documentary on a topic of their choice as part of their application.
Guidelines and application form are on the Screen Australia website

Rottofest Short Film Festival

Call for Entries: Deadline 12th August
The Search for Australia's Funniest Filmmakers returns to Rottnest Island, Western Australia on September 3rd - 4th as part of the 3rd annual Rottofest.  Search for Australia's Funniest Filmmakers contains 2 categories for budding comedy filmmakers to enter: Funniest Skit - Up to 3 minutes in length and Funniest Film - Between 3 to 15 minutes in length (Prize $1500).
The entry form for comedy filmmakers is available on their website.

AFI Proposes an Australian Academy

Now in its 53rd year, The Australian Film Institute (AFI) is announcing a period of consultation with its constituents and the wider community as we prepare to embark on a period of significant development.

Acknowledging the growing success of our talented creative community, the AFI is reviewing its strategic objectives and programs with the aim of establishing an ‘Australian Academy’. We want to build a more inclusive and refined professional structure that best represents the diversity and talent of our screen industry.

To have your say on the proposal and for more information, check out the AFI's website.

Have You Got Talent Day

Saturday 23rd July

Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art is looking for talent. We are holding an exciting event titled Have You Got Talent? Day, offering Canberra actors the chance to be noticed by industry people (including agents, actors and directors). Participants will have three minutes to present their act through a day-time workshop - and if selected, they’ll be invited back that evening to perform in front of our professional panel. 

Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art is offering a full-time Scholarship to its Certificate III in Performance (Acting) course (valued at $5,500), which starts in August.  Visit www.haveyougottalent.com.au and register now!

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

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