ATTENTION!! BIG MONDAY on 26 JULY
1pm New FFC Guidelines with Susan MacKinnon
8pm Pitching Competition @ Byron Bay Community Centre
Pitch N’ Punt
Come and support our Pitch n’ Punt competitors at the Byron Bay
Community Centre on Monday 26 July. It seems that Northern Rivers
pitchers are proving hard to beat. From two previous rounds of our
Pitch n' Punt competition we have produced one international (New York
KidScreen Summit 2004) and two national (SPAA Conference 2002, 2003)
This year, Round One of our pitching comp saw 12 pitchers pitching
their projects to a panel of three judges: Mark Lewis, documentary
filmmaker; Lyn McCarthy, Niche Pictures and Jen Cornish JC Media. From
there five were selected to attend the training day with industry
journalist and pitching ‘expert’ Sandy George.
These five local
pitchers who now go on to pitch in round two are Marika Cominos, Frank
Coorey, Kamahl Druesne, Nicholas Canny and Jann Gilbert. With just five
minutes each they must take us into the world of their project and
convince us their story would make good viewing.
Heading up the
industry judging panel for Round Two is Susan MacKinnon, Documentary
Investment Manager at the Australian Film Finance Corporation
accompanied by screenwriter, Roger Monk, and Valerie Hardy, former
Network Ten Executive. They will judge the best pitch to go on to SPAA
Fringe in Brisbane in August. Punters Choice wins a one year
subscription to iF Magazine.
Arrive at 8pm for
networking drinks, tea and coffee and chat. At 8.30 join MC Neil Young
for a great night of entertainment, including the screening of three
short films from the Byron Film Club collection while the judging panel
is deliberating. THE ARBORSMITH by filmmaker Guy Mansfield, CORK from
director Dominick Reyntiens and Aran Major’s MYTHOS.
When: 8pm onwards, Monday 26 July
Where: Byron Bay Community Centre, Jonson Street.
Cost: $8 at the door
To book a place call Screenworks 66809220 or email email@example.com
New FFC Guidelines
Presented by Susan MacKinnon, Investment Manager, Documentary,
Australian Film Finance Corporation. In the ever changing environment
of filmmaking this is a great opportunity to come and hear about how
the FFC evaluates and considers its investment choices.
When: 1pm – 4pm, Monday 26 July
Where: Screenworks office.
To book phone 66809220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Creating Television with the Market in Mind
Jen Cornish, from JC Media, has extensive experience selling and
distributing factual television programs nationally and
internationally. This seminar will shed some light on the reality of
getting your television project on air.
When: 10am – 12.30pm, Friday 13 August.
Where: Screenworks office.
One on one clinics are also available in the afternoon. To book a place
in the seminar or an appointment please phone 66809220 or email email@example.com
Short Films without the Short Cuts
Presented by Lois Randall, this seminar is a 'must do' for all
filmmakers and producers of short films. When it comes to requirements
such as location fees, insurance, copyright, health and safety issues
etc. making short films does not mean taking short cuts. This seminar
will cover all the basic requirements that need to be in place when
making short films. You need never not know any more. Lois Randall has
been producer and mentor for many short films including AND JUSTICE FOR
ONE, THE NEW BOOTS, THE LONG WET and AIR.
When: 10am – 12.30pm, Friday 20 August
To book phone 66809220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CHLOE'S STORY wins ATOM Award
Local documentary director and cinematographer, Catherine Marciniak,
has been commuting to Western Australia to work with two production
companies. One of these, Electric Pictures has produced a series for
ABC Catalyst titled CHILDREN OF THE EDGE - STORIES FROM A PAEDIATRIC
HOSPITAL. CHLOE'S STORY was one of the episodes and became such a
powerful observation of a 14 year old's struggle with leukaemia that it
was extended into a one hour version. In July it won the ATOM Award for
Best Documentary (Human Story category).
This documentary will screen towards the end of the year on ABC Television.
SOAR on the plane
Soar will be screening at Melbourne International Film Festival on 27
July and also on Qantas International from 1 August - 30 September and
London Film Festival in November. Not bad for a no-budget film!
National Screening Tour – AFTRS Graduate Screenings
Byron Bay - Sunday 1 August, 2pm.
Free Information Seminar - Applying to AFTRS Full time study to be held at
Screen Works: Suite 5 / 95 Jonson St @ 2pm
Graduate Film Screenings at Bryon Bay Cinemas, 108 Jonson St @ 7pm. Cost $10.00
/ $7.00 concession. Ticket at the door. Classification: 15+
Visit program online
Gold Coast - Sunday 15 August, 9am
Free Information Seminar - Applying to AFTRS Full time study to be held
at the Gold Coast Arts Centre, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise @ 9am
includes free screening of two AFTRS graduate films - Birthday Boy and
SPAA Fringe 2004: Investing In Your Future
Thurs 5 to Sat 7 August. Brisbane Powerhouse.
Business Development Skills for emerging producers in Film, TV and New Media. For further information and to book online visit www.spaa.org.au/fringe_2004/
Jennifer Crone, SBS Independent, Commissioning Editor;
Deborah Zipser, Investment Manager at Film Finance Corporation; and
Michael Burton, Business Development and Company Director at Cutting Edge.
Film Artists Co-Op
Meeting 5 August 7.30pm.
Meetings of the Film Artists Co-op will be held at 7.30 pm, every first
Thursday of each month. Come along and add your resources to ours. For
further information contact Larry Larstead 6680 3279 or email email@example.com
NIDA Open Program On Tour 2004 - Lismore
5-10 October 2004
NIDA is bringing its short courses in theatre, film and television to
Lismore. Offering a range of daytime, evening and weekend courses.
Courses are offered for young people 12-15 yrs as well those 16 yrs up
to adult age. For full details visit www.nida.edu.au/short_courses/open/sydney_short/default.html or contact the
NIDA Open Program. Ph: 02 9697 7626 Fax: 02 9313 6590 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Capturing Performance - ASDA Conference, Sydney
Michael Apted, acclaimed director of the classic documentary series
Seven-Up, and the powerful feature films GORKY PARK, NELL, and COAL
MINER'S DAUGHTER, will give Australian filmmakers a rare insight into
the art and craft of eliciting powerful performances from both
performers and documentary subjects. Other speakers include: Nico
Lathouris, Dennis O'Rourke, Susie Maizels and Robert Marchand and Kate
Woods in an event focussed on Capturing Performance for the camera.
Byron Bay Writers Festival
30 July – 1 August. Call Jetset Travel 6685 6262.
Brisbane International Film Festival - Meet the filmmakers
Saturday 31 July 2pm. University of Sunshine Coast, Queen St Mall
Contact Cathy 07 3257 7646 or email mailto:email@example.com
Can film change the world? Recent images from Iraq brought this sharply
back into focus, jolting a partially complacent world . Mark Achbar,
co-director of The Corporation; distributor Gil Scrine and Danny
Zuvola, Wild Spaces Film Festival will discuss the issue with Pat
Mainstreaming: Will There Be Indigenous Communities Left To Film?
Saturday 7 August, 2pm. University of Sunshine Coast, Queen Street Mall.
Indigenous imagery on film has long been a controversial topic. Who has the
right to tell whose stories? Jeanette Paulson (THE LAND HAS EYES, HawaiiI), Sekhar Das
(SONGS OF MAHULBANI, India) and Kevin Lucas (THE WIDOWER, Australia) will
discuss their work and experiences. Joined by Robbie Williams, Queensland Chair of
ATSIC and other members of the local indigenous community.
Contact Cathy 07 3257 7646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Visions: Meet these BIFF local filmmakers
Sunday 8 August, 2.30pm. University of Sunshine Coast, Queen St Mall.
Hear them discuss their films and personal visions. Participants:
Cathy Henkel, THE MAN WHO STOLE MY MOTHER'S FACE
Faramarz K-Rahber, FAHIMEH'S STORY
Jen Lofgren, PAINTING ZIGGY
Nicole McCuaig, KEEPING THE FAITHFUL
Carla Thackrah, SEX, DRUGS AND STRING QUARTETS
Castaldi to manage Big Screen
Journalist and film festival programmer Peter Castaldi has won the
Project Manager position for the Big Screen touring Australian film
festival. Big Screen is jointly run by ScreenSound Australia and AFC.
|Ikin, Brady get FFC nod |
Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC) chief executive Brian Rosen
has ended weeks of speculation and named producer Bridget Ikin and
distribution executive Tait Brady the organisation's new evaluation
managers, to select projects suitable for FFC funding based on creative
merits rather than market attachments.
ABA revises TV code of practice
The Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA) has revised its commercial
television industry code of practice to require disclosure of product
placement in reality and lifestyle programming, ensure the privacy of
children in news and current affairs reports and reign in food and
beverage advertising to children.
Backlot sold to property group
Partners Lend Lease and News Corporation have sold the ill-fated Fox
Studios Australia backlot precinct to CFS Managed Property for $49
Paolo Cherchi Usai has been appointed to the position of Director of the National Screen and Sound Archive
Senior Curator of the Motion Picture Collection at George Eastman
House, one of the major moving image collections in the United States,
Mr Cherchi Usai's appointment is a coup for Australia's national
Australian Screen Editors
The third annual Australian Screen Editors (ASE) Guild accreditation
ceremony took place on 17 July and 10 leading Australian editors
received official accreditation.
Rachel Perkins and Colin South new AFC Commissioners
The two replace recently retired Commissioners Rolf de Heer and Helen
Leake. Sydney-based award-winning writer, director and producer Perkins
has had a long and influential association with the AFC's Indigenous
Unit contributing at a policy level and developing outstanding
Indigenous talent and films. South co-owns the Australian independent
film and television production company, Media World Pictures, as well
as the one-stop-shop animation production arm, Animation Works. With
offices in both Melbourne and Perth, he has developed and produced five
animation series and hundreds of hours of television content over the
past twenty years including sports, news, documentaries and drama and
is most noted for the critically acclaimed THE SILVER BRUMBY, which
starred Russell Crowe.
ABC Kids takes on Blue Rocket
Blue Rocket Productions has licenced two more cartoon series to
Australia’s ABC Kids: HOOTA & SNOZ 3 and TIME CRACKS. The first two
series of HOOTA & SNOZ are broadcast in about 100 countries worldwide. The company has also produced a kid’s broadband website (http://www.hoota-snoz.com/)
featuring the characters from the series. TIME CRACKS, a recent
co-production between Blue Rocket Productions, Bayerischer Rundfunk,
Telepool Gmbh and Screen Tasmania, is about three animals who travel
through time in a hotdog van.
Nine leads television ratings so far this year
The Nine Network has led the television ratings in the year to date but
Channel Ten has the largest share of the 16 to 39 demographic.
MPAA says 24% of internet users download pirated movies
New research from Hollywood lobbyists the Motion Picture Association of
America (MPAA) claims that nearly a quarter of the world's internet
users have illegally downloaded a film at one time or another.
Tropfest signature item revealed
The 2005 Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) was revealed this week –
umbrella. The annual short filmmaking competition which will take
submissions from November until 20 January, 2005. Films must be no
longer than seven minutes including titles and credits. All festival
and entry enquiries can be emailed to email@example.com or call on +61 2 9368 0434.
Beyond Group Media Fund 2004
The Beyond Group Media Fund 2004 closed to investors on June 30, with a total amount of $14,450,000 raised.
ABA Awards TV License to Briz31
The Australian Broadcasting Authority has allocated a community
television license for Brisbane. The successful applicant, Briz31 Ltd
(Briz31), will provide the service on Channel 31.
Development of Feature Films in Australia
A new study Development of feature films in Australia: A survey of
producers, directors and writers investigates aspects of the
development of Australian feature films based on a survey of 106
filmmakers from 68 films made between July 1999 and June 2002. The
study builds on some of the findings of the AFC's report Development: A
study of Australian and international funding and practice in the
feature film industry, November 2000. See: http://www.afc.gov.au/policyandresearch/policy/film_industry.aspx
AIMIA appoints new Chief Executive Officer
AIMIA, the peak body representing the Interactive Media and Digital
Content industry, has appointed John Butterworth as its new Chief
Executive Officer. For a number of years John was the General Manager
of online media at OzEmail, before holding the roles of Managing
Director, Asia-Pacific at Sabela Media - a global ad serving, tracking
and analysis company, and General Manager of search engine marketing
firm, Decide Interactive.
New AFC Film Development Funding Guidelines
The key changes to the guidelines are: introduction of a low-budget
feature development program including a workshop; introduction of a
low-budget digital shorts round including a workshop; payment of
third-time (and more) GDI applicants with up to one and half times what
they have repaid the AFC; and the opening of the New Screenwriters
Program to features as well as short features. See AFC website for new
A-Z Features and Short Films Budgets updated
The industry standard A-Z Budgets are intended as a guide to preparing
budgets in the format that is usually required by funding bodies. The
Animation Budget will be added in early July.
Marketing Short Films
Check out the following link provided by the Arts Law Centre http://www.afc.gov.au/marketingyourfilm/mktshorts/legal_81.aspx
Australian Films Database updated
Try the Searchable Film Database which includes Australian and
co-produced features, TV drama and documentaries from 1990 and shorts
from 1998. Now updated monthly - see http://www.afc.gov.au/filmsandawards/filmdbsearch.aspx
Composing for Screen Competition - 8 October
The Northern Rivers Conservatorium has received funding from The
Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA) to run a Composing for
Screen Competition and is calling for entries from all those talented
composers and musicians out there to enter. Contestants will be asked
to choose 10 minutes of footage from the film supplied and compose 10
minutes of music as a soundtrack. The music chosen to accompany the
film may be a mixture of composition and composed songs. All music must
be original. The winner will receive prize money of $1,500. The judging
panel includes Guntis Sics - Sound producer, director, teacher,
composer, Peter Best - Composer - credits include Crocodile Dundee,
Muriel's Wedding, George Whaley - Director, film, television and stage,
Geoff Burton - Cinematographer, director and Peter Martin - Composer,
Head of Composition at SCU. Applicants must obtain film footage for the
competition from NRCAC, available from 7 July. Entries close on 8
October. For more information contact Gabrielle O'Shannessy 66212266 or
Jill Aitken 66212266.
Strand E - NEW SCREENWRITERS PROGRAM: 30 July
Strand G - FEATURE & SHORT FEATURE PRODUCTION: 16 July
Interactive Digital Media
Strand V - EARLY DEVELOPMENT FUNDING: 16 July
General Development Investment Feature, Documentary,Television, 23 July
Strand E - New Screenwriters Program - Short Feature, Feature 30 Jul 2004
Strand D - Draft Funding - Feature 06 Aug 2004
Strand L - Shooting Time-Critical Material - Documentary 06 Aug 2004
Strand W - Matched Investment Development Funding - Digital Media 06 Aug 2004
Strand T1 - Short Animation Production 13 Aug 2004
INTERNSHIPS: 25 June
Applicants should check the Guidelines on the AFC website for further
details, or contact the Film Development Branch of the AFC (toll free
1800 338 430).
NSW FTO Production Investment – 25 June & 24 September
The Production Investment Fund will provide approximately $4 million to
film and television production and post-production in NSW for the
financial year 2004-2005 and will make its investment decisions in
competitive rounds. Please discuss your application with the Manager,
Development & Finance prior to submitting to a round.
Feature films, documentaries, all television projects
Young Filmmakers Fund – 1 November
Grants of up to $30,000 are available to NSW residents aged eighteen to
thirty-five for production or post-production costs. Two funding rounds
are held each year.
Applicants must apply using the YFF application form and include a
script, detailed budget, production schedule and other supporting
Byron Film Club - Friday 30 July
BFC is holding a mini film contest '3 minute messiah'. It may be
spiritual, political, capitalist, sexual, fascist or wholistic. Winner
will receive a Pighouse Banquet. Offerings to the Screenworks office by
Reelife Short Film Festival - 13 August
If you are 25 years or younger and passionate, then put your ideas into
motion in a short film. Run by youth for youth, Reelife is a chance for
young people to express their ideas and perspectives on issues
important to them, whether they are community issues, personal issues,
social or political. Reelife is an open-genre festival and films can be
a maximum of ten minutes long.For more info on prizes and to download
an entry form visit www.vibewire.net/reelife or email firstname.lastname@example.org
GetReel: Design A Drug Ad Competition - 17 September
GetReel is a nationwide competition developed by Youth Off The Streets
and support by the Sony Foundation Australia, which asks young people
aged between 10-16 to design a 30 second TV ad targeting drug use. See http://www.youthoffthestreets.com.au/.
World Of Women International Film Festival
Calling for entries for drama and documentary films of less than 50
minutes duration. For information and an application form visit www.wift.org/wow
Secrets of Australian IT Innovation 2004 - 4 August, 2004
Do you have an innovative technology?
Do you seek the recognition your ‘secret’ deserves?
Looking for an opportunity to present your innovation to an international audience?
Apply now for the Secrets of Australian IT Innovation Competition
For full information visit http://www.itsecrets.com.au/
2005 Macquarie Bank Indigenous Scholarship applications close 7 September
Applications for the 2005 Macquarie Bank Indigenous Scholarship at the
Australian Film, Television & Radio School (AFTRS) are now open.
The 2005 Macquarie Bank Indigenous Scholarship is merit-based and open
to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who can demonstrate a
developed interest in directing, producing, screenwriting or
documentary. The 2005 Macquarie Bank Indigenous Scholarship supports a
$25,000 stipend over the course of the academic year.
Enquiries via e-mail to email@example.com
Application forms can be downloaded at http://www.aftrs.edu.au/ or can be posted to you by phoning Student Services Centre (02) 9805 6444.
Received increased funding in the last budget. They are looking for one
hour documentaries for Storyline Australia - 30 hours of powerful,
character driven Australian programs for delivery in 2005. Storyline
Australia will favour strong narratives that dynamically engage with
the SBS Charter.
Renewed call for half hour documentaries for Inside Australia
Looking for personal stories that explore hot topics in contemporary Australian life.
The SBS/FFC Accord is a financing alliance whereby selected Australian
documentaries are financed by way of a free-to-air broadcast pre-sale
from SBS Independent and subsequent investment from the Film Finance
• Drama series (especially comedy)
• Feature films
• Animated material for adult audiences
• Special initiatives
principle of all these programs is to be new, to challenge traditions.
Above all, each program should uniquely reflect SBS's core values. We
are looking for attitude and authorship, projects that are original,
ambitious and challenging and that have refreshing perspectives. We're
not afraid of being controversial, making mischief, or having fun. We
are keen to work with producers and writers of all levels of
AFTRS Full Time Applications are OPEN
The Hunt is on for New Film and Broadcast Talent!
Proven interest in the area of application is essential and detailing previous
experience is encouraged. For further information regarding applications email
firstname.lastname@example.org, call the AFTRS student centre on 1300 131 461 or visit
North Coast Institute TAFE Courses
North Coast Institute TAFE in Kingscliff is running a number of courses
relevant to screen practitioners. For more information contact Ian
McArthur - Head Teacher Arts & Media Phone: (02) 6670 1218. Email: email@example.com
Scriptwriting for Film and Television - Kingscliff Campus
6.5 hpw - 12 weeks, Part-time weekend 1 day per week [proposed dates 11 Sept – 13 Nov]
Enrolment close Tuesday 3 August 2004. $1300
This course provides a comprehensive industry standard course in
scriptwriting for film and television. It covers - film and television
story telling genres, dialogue writing techniques, writing action and
description, characterisation, story structure, linear and non-linear
story telling models, formatting and presentation, film and television
language, the collaborative relationship between writer, producer and
director, working with a script editor; how to find a producer; how the
Australian industry works; state and federal funding bodies; how to
access project funding; copyright agents and contracts.
Creative Technology, [Photoshop for Visual Artists], Murwillumbah
3 hpw - 12 weeks - Part – time night. 1 evening per week
Enrolment Close Tuesday 3 August 2004.
This course is for people who want to use computer technology to create visual
imagery for artistic and creative purposes. The course covers image capture, scanning,
Photoshop tools and techniques, image manipulation and printing.
Digital Audio and Sound Design, Kingscliff
3 hpw - 18 weeks - Part – time night, 1 evening per week
Enrolment close Tuesday 3 August 2004. $850
This course is for people who want to record, edit and manipulate
sounds using digital techniques. The course covers how to record sound
using digital recording equipment.
It is suitable for individuals working in the music industry, school
leavers and others seeking employment in the music or multimedia
Digital Video Editing Skills [Final Cut Pro], Kingscliff
3 hpw - 18 weeks - Part – time night, 1 evening per week
Enrolment close Tuesday 3 August 2004. $1200
This course is for people who want to learn how the basics of digital
video production and editing using the industry standard software
package Final Cut Pro.
Introduction to 3D Animation [MAYA], Kingscliff
3 hpw - 18 weeks - Part – time night , 1 evening per week
Enrolment close Tuesday 3 August 2004. $1200
Alias Wavefront’s MAYA 3D software. It provides a general introduction
to the operation of MAYA with a set short project, which serves as a
starting point to the use of the different MAYA functions. During the
project students will receive ongoing review and feedback about their
MAC OSX Complete, Kingscliff
3 hpw - 6 weeks | Part – time night, 1 evening per week
Enrolment close Tuesday 3 August 2004. $500
The MAC OSX operating system and the Apple computer are the industry
standard tools for the digital design industries. The platform is the
basis of much of the design programs offered at Kingscliff and other
design colleges and universities.
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