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Newsletter 17th December 2014 Issue 128


New ScreenACT Initiatives

Canberra Region News

Ongoing ScreenACT Initiatives

Funding & Grants

Festivals & Competitions


with Shelley Birse (Creator of The Code

The Writers’ Room is a two and a half day project development program that aims to nurture and develop local writing talent. The highly competitive program will provide high-end concept development of television projects under the guidance of course facilitator Shelley Birse (Awgie award-winning writer/creator of The Code, which screened on ABC in 2014). Only six spots will be available for this first Writers’ Room. ScreenACT is planning to stage additional Writers’ Room workshops later in the year.

The Writers’ Room is about the process, and trying out a development strategy that embraces teamwork by replicating the model used in the United States (where many major TV shows use writers' rooms that gather around a 'show runner' so ideas can be bounced around in a high-pressure creative environment). 

This is an extraordinary opportunity to learn from one of Australia’s leading television processionals, and foster new creative collaborations to help build your future screenwriting career.

CLICK HERE for more information on the initiative, including program guidelines and how to apply. 

Important Dates: 
Applications Open: Monday 15 December 2014

Applications Close: 5pm, 19 January 2015
Selection Process: 20 - 29 January 2015
Announcement of Successful Applicants: 30 January 2015
The Writers' Room: 27 February - 1 March 2015

ASPA Academy Children's Fund Awards Grant to 
ACT Filmmakers

ScreenACT wishes to congratulate Andrew Pike (Ronin Films) and Carol Williamson who were recently awarded a funding grant worth $20,000 by the APSA Academy Children’s Film Fund for their feature film project Boomer.
The fund supports projects at script development stage that carry positive, life-affirming messages specifically for and about children of Asia Pacific and is offered annually exclusively for APSA Academy members.  The fund was established in 2011 in collaboration with APSA Academy member and producer Butch Jimenez and his Manila-based production company 4 Boys Films.
Boomer is described as “a touching but unsentimental coming of age tale of the bonding of two misfits from different classes, a bullied middle class boy and a street kid, who find sanctuary in nature.“
Andrew Pike was inducted into the APSA Academy as a member of the third APSA International Jury in 2009.

ScreenACT Christmas and New Year Office Closing Times

The ScreenACT office will close for Christmas and the New Year from 3pm 24th December 2014, and reopen 9am Monday 12 January 2014.  

APLLY NOW - Screen Australia & ABC2 Announce
Documentary Initiative Opening Shot 4 

Following the success of the first three series of Opening Shot, Screen Australia and ABC2 are pleased to announce that the fourth series of the groundbreaking documentary initiative for young filmmakers is open for submissions.
Opening Shot 4 is a $400,000 initiative that aims to support talented documentary makers aged 35 and under and provide an opportunity for their stories to reach a wide audience on ABC2.
ABC2 will commission up to six one-off films to form an insightful and entertaining series that looks at stories that matter to younger Australians. Applicants can apply for up to $80,000 for each half-hour documentary.
Guidelines, online application and forms can be found at the below links:

Applications close at midnight on Monday 16 February 2015.


CALL FOR CREW - Asian Cup 2015

Newcastle production company one80 Digitalpost are seeking freelance crew to assist with their broadcast commitments to China of the Asian Cup 2015 (16-18 January from Canberra Stadium).

The production is looking to fill paid crew positions in the following areas:
  • 2 x Experienced Outside Broadcast Camera Operators
  • 2 x Experienced Outside Broadcast CCU Operators
  • 2 x Experienced Outside Broadcast Audio Assistants
  • 2 x Experienced Outside Broadcast Cable Trackers          
Please contact Emily Mason (Production Coordinator) at emily@one80digitalpost.com.au to register your interest.

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: 6th January 2013

Entry Deadline: 26th February 2015

Entry Deadline: 27th February 2015

Entry Deadline: 2nd March 2015 

Entry Deadline: 10th April 2015

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 is currently at Dendy throughout December, and will show until Christmas. See the trailer and more at thecompetitionthemovie.com and visit the Dendy website for tickets

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


20 February 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 7131
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


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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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