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Issue Date: Monday 30 April 2007
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FAREWELL BETH, WELCOME REBECCA
& Membership Manager Beth Powditch will be leaving Screenworks at
the end of this month to take on other ventures. “I’d like to wish
Screenworks, Jill Moonie and its members the best of luck with the
exciting year they have ahead.” Screenworks welcomes Rebecca Ingram to
JOIN SCREENWORKS NOW & WIN
Anyone who becomes a member of SCREENWORKS between now and the 11 May 2007 will go into the draw to win a copy of the BRA BOYS Soundtrack.
The Bra Boys CD Soundtrack is a collection of 14 tunes that feature in
the film, including seven songs that were written specifically for the
original score. Speckled alongside some of the most well-known surf
associated bands in the country the original tunes lyrically and
sonically express the thoughts, feelings and characters introduced
throughout the very personal journey of brotherhood that is portrayed
SCREENWORKS membership offers you the opportunity
to be a part of our exciting program for 2007 at members prices
including masterclasses, seminars, workshops, ReelTalk, Tricks of the
Trade, Life’s a Pitch, Development Clinics, Mentor Matching and Meet
the Funding Bodies.
Annual membership includes access to the
SCREENWORKS online directories for professional & emerging
professionals, monthly e-newsletters, members rates to SCREENWORKS
events, clinics & training, invitations to networking functions and
the ability to promote your event or project on our website & in
Membership fees vary depending on type of
membership. SCREENWORKS membership is divided into 4 categories and is
determined by your level of experience in film, television, video &
Emerging Professional ($40)
Student/ Unemployed ($30)
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DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER CLINICS
Where: 1/12 Byron Street Bangalow, entry at rear via Deacon Street
Cost: $35 + GST/ 1 hour session
Next Clinic: Friday 1 June 2007
Got a great idea for the screen, but what's next?
month Screenworks conducts Development Clinics for selected emerging or
professional producers, writers or directors who seek a professional
consultation to develop their concept for funding and entry into film
and television markets.
Appointments are confidential, conducted
on a one on one basis and of one-hour duration. Participants are
encouraged to email any possible briefing material in advance in order
to maximise the consultation opportunity. To be considered for an
appointment please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“My meeting was incredible. I have never met a more positive person in
my life. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.” “I'd just like to
thank-you for all your direction and support for the further
development and improvement of my show.”
LIFE'S A PITCH WINNER REPORTS ON AIDC
AIDC is always a stimulating experience. The opportunity to pitch added
a whole new agenda. Pitch training took up the first day, with
Co-Producer Cynthia Connop and I honing up on fabulous tips from Susan
Mc Kinnon and Barbara Truyen, Pitch Trainer Extra-ordinaires. Cynthia
and I headed home to the first of many late night meetings discussing
strategy, refining the story, making last minute changes, and sharing
the essential de-brief cuppa! Having a team partner and buddy to share
the AIDC experience was a novelty for both Cynthia and I. We firmly
embraced it, supporting each other to do our best.
D-Day - sixteen nervous, enthusiastic teams gearing up to pitch to a
table of 25 international broadcasters and distributors, and a roomful
of nearly 300 observers. We were near the end of the day, and had
received the word that the panel was definetly ready for something
funny. All went well - I got the laughs in the right spots, and more
importantly the projector worked! Q and A was the hardest part but
seemed to be over pretty quickly and then we were on to a rush of
Back now in the calm of the Northern Rivers
I'm following up on the interest garnered in a harrowing, exciting 15
minutes. Things have come a long way from a night in the Bangalow Pub
in December. My thanks to Screenworks, and particularly Catherine
Marciniak for creating such an opportunity. Watch this space for the
developing story of “Uluru - A Rock and A Hard Place”!
ACHIEVEMENTS, AWARDS, ACCOLADES
MARI, JOE AND JESUS DE LIVERS
AFC just committed $30,000 development from Strand D for the Charlie de
Salis feature "Mari, Joe and Jesus de Livers". This follows an earlier
$30,000 committed last winter. This funding is to take the script to
market ready draft, and they aim to have the project in the market by
the end of this winter.
Producer is Nicki Roller, director is
Peter Andrikidis, and Chris Noonan is attached as EP. The project has
also previously received development funding from the FTO.
Larstead’s $2 film “Peak Oil” recently screened at the 9th Annual Hazel
Wolf Environmental Film Festival in Seattle, WA. http://www.hazelfilm.org/2007fest/index.html
Subsequently, he has been invited to submit to the Cinemambiente -
International Environmental Film Festival which is to take place in
Turin – Italy in October. The Festival represents the first and most
important international event on cinema and environment taking place in
Italy, it is part of the ITALIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CINEMA, and has the
support of the Italian Ministry of the Environment, Italian Ministry of
Culture, and the UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme). www.cinemambiente.it You can view Larry’s $2 films on-line at http://home.people.net.au/~films/
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When: Wednesday 16 May 2007, 7.30pm
WOMEN IN BUSINESS: ONLINE MARKETING SECRETS REVEALEDWhen: Tuesday 15 May 2007, 9am to 1pm
Where: A&I Hall Bangalow
Bookings: Belinda Green on 6622 4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
online levels the playing field. Big or small, everyone has the same
chance to attract and convert customers. By following the same basic
principles, you can receive the same coverage as major players and see
your business take off!
Join Fred Schebesta of Freestyle Media,
winner of the ADMA Australian & NSW Young Direct Marketer of the
Year awards, in an exciting workshop focused on 10 key steps to market
your business online. Fred will also use the workshop to help you use
these savvy techniques in developing your own marketing plan.
LE SEGUNDA CONQUISTA AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Where: A&I Hall Bangalow
Cost: $12/10 at the door
segunda conquista" (The Second Conquest) is a 68 min, self funded,
independent documentary by Denali DeGraf & Joao Dujon Pereira (an
Argentinian/Australian collaboration). It is a portrait of indigenous
and non-indigenous families and communities in Patagonia, Argentina.
their ongoing campaign to save their homes, defend their human rights,
and protect the environment. Proceeds from showcasing and distributing
will assist in their ongoing legal battles and basic necessities.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with co-director Joao Dujon Pereira.
Spanish (English subtitled)
BBWF FEATURES ROMULUS MY FATHER
When: Sunday 20 May 2007, 4pm
Where: Byron Cinemas
Tickets: Byron Cinemas on 6685 8555
Byron Bay Writers Festival presents an advance screening of “Romulus My
Father”, the feature film directing debut from Richard Roxburgh.
Starring Eric Bana, the film is based on Raimond Gaita’s acclaimed
novel. It will feature a Q&A with Roxburgh and film critic Peter
For further Festival details visit: www.byronbaywritersfestival.com
SYDNEY TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL
When: Friday 1 to Sunday 3 June 2007
Where: Byron Cinemas
Tickets: Byron Cinemas on 6685 8555
the first time the Sydney Travelling Film Festival will screen in Byron
Bay this year. It will screen a program of indie cinema with a focus on
music and politics.
The Festival will open on Friday 1 June with the AFI Winner for Best Documentary, HUNT ANGELS,
the tale of two Aussie outlaw filmmakers committed to capturing
Australian stories on film. Producer Sue Maslin (Japanese Story, Road
to Nihl) will be at the screening to introduce the film and take
questions afterwards. Opening Night will also showcase the celebrated
Australian short The Girl Who Swallowed Bees. Written and directed by
Paul McDermott, followed by drinks.
Full details visit: www.sydneyfilmfestival.org
When: Saturday 23 June to Saturday 1 July 2007
Where: A&I Hall Bangalow
FEHVA early bird tickets have gone on sale.
in it’s forth year, FEHVA, for lovers of art as well as artists, has
moved to Bangalow. A special schools program is also featured with the
senior education officer from the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Tristan Sharp providing sessions for teachers and students, Tristan is
the curator of Art Express and will talk about this event in relation
to HSC students. Dee Tipping, festival director said ‘We want anyone
who enjoys the visual arts, whatever their day job, to be able to
immerse themselves in this event. They will be able to hear some of
Australia’s top visual arts practitioners discuss their art practice
and their art passions.’
SCREENWORKS is supporting an inaugural
FEHVA on screen event profiling VIDEO ART to celebrate the cross over
between film and visual arts on Saturday 30 June 6.30- 8.30pm.
Visit www.fehva.com or tel: 02 66871 623 for more information.
REELFILMS AT FEDERAL
don't have to travel very far for your fix of classic and offbeat
films. Out in Federal, the Reelfilms crew offer a monthly feast of
cinematic entertainment and delicious food in a quirky village setting.
Get out of the Megaplex and into the village hall!
Spotswood on 12 May. Food: 7pm, Film: 8pm. Memberships available at the
door. Bring a cushion. For more details contact Alan & Anita on
BYRON FILM CLUB
Byron Film Club (BFC) in association with I.Q inc hold their screenings
of locally connected short films bi-monthly at the Byron Community
Centre. The next screening for 2007 will be held on Tuesday May 29th
7.30pm @ the Byron Community and Cultural Centre. The non-profit
co-operative, guided by Faye, Azza and Frank, is devoted to the
exhibition of local short films and multi-media. Visit: www.byronfilmclub.com for updates of the upcoming program and the films currently being streamed. See www.byronfilmclub.com for film submission details or email@example.com. Further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 66804012/ 0416 221233.
FILM ARTISTS CO-OP
Film Artists Cooperative (FAC), currently have their monthly meetings
from 7:30 to 10 pm on the 1st Thursday of each month at the meeting
rooms of the Byron Bay Services Club, Jonson Street, Byron Bay. Next
meeting is 3 May 2007. FAC is an independently run filmmaker and
digital artist support group and membership is free. FAC is always
looking for new members and everyone is encouraged to participate. For
further information, contact coordinator Sahaj Dumpleton on (02)
6685-3554 or 0401781272 or email to email@example.com
BYRON BAY FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRIES
Closes: Wednesday 31 October 2007
The Byron Bay Film Festival’s Call for Entries is Open.
2008 Byron Bay Film Festival will run between February 29th and March
8th and once again will feature the work of International, National and
Local Filmmakers. BBFF brings an array of Australian and World
Premieres to the Bay many of which reflect the values and interests of
our local community.
A new ‘Best Local Film’ award has been
created which is open to films of all lengths and genres, not screened
before January 2006 with a Producer &/or Director who lives in the
Northern Rivers or Tweed Areas. Local Filmmakers receive a discounted
entry fee of $15 until September 30th. Entry forms and details are
available at www.bbff.com.au or from the Byron Community & Cultural Centre.
JURORS FOR AFI AWARDS
Closes: Friday 4 May 2007, 5pm
AFI is also seeking jurors with professional film or television credits
for this year’s AFI Awards. Jurors will be selected by the AFI CEO and
Awards Manager and are required to be members of the AFI.
Expressions of interest and a current CV should be e-mailed to the AFI Awards Manager, Justine Beltrame at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.afi.org.au
CALL FOR FEATURE DRAMA SCRIPTS
Closes: Friday 18 May 2007
The deadline has been extended for the first round of NOVA INTERNATIONAL.
INTERNATIONAL is an exciting new international low-budget feature
development and production program offered by QPIX Ltd in partnership
with MAGNA PACIFIC. They are calling for feature film scripts that take
risks, cut to the heart of our humanity, take hold of audiences, and
let the best of our new independant talent shine.
Contact QPIX on tel: 07 3392 2633, email email@example.com or visit: www.qpix.org.au
Closes: Friday 18 May 2007, 5pm
Australian television writer will receive $25,000 to develop a new
screen project under a joint initiative announced between the
Australian Writers’ Foundation (AWF) and FOXTEL.
funded by FOXTEL, will be awarded to a scriptwriter recognised for
excellence in writing for television and will be judged on body of work
that is impressive in its craft, scope and impact.
The recipient of the FOXTEL Fellowship will be announced at the AWGIE Awards on August 31.
apply please send a recent CV which includes a full list of TV credits
and a letter highlighting your greatest career achievements (2 page
maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Foxtel Fellowship” in the subject header. Terms and conditions are available on request. Open to full members of AWG.
Closes: Sunday 10 June 2007
Roy W. Dean writing grant is for writers of any kind and has been
extended. This grant takes you to New Zealand to write in paradise for
30 days. You can live any where in the world and apply for this grant.
NEW DIRECTORS SHOWCASE
The next Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase will be in June 2007 at The Cannes International Advertising Festival.
qualify, directors must have been shooting commercials for no more than
two years, if at all. But they must be available to shoot commercials
now. The Showcase is always an eclectic mix, which may include
commercials, short films, titles, animation, music promos, or examples
of new filmic techniques.
For more information and details on how to enter please go to: www.heresanidea.com/hai/nds.asp
|AUSTRALIAN FILM COMMISSION (AFC)|
Freecall: 1800 226 615. Ph: (02) 9321 6444 Fax: (02) 9357 371428
AFC Funding deadlines - May 2007:
Strand D – Draft Funding - Feature
Strand V – Interactive Digital Media - Early Development
Strand J – Documentary Early Development
Strand K – Documentary Development
NSW FILM AND TV OFFICE (FTO)
http://www.fto.nsw.gov.au Freecall: 1300 556 386. Ph: (02) 9264 4388 Fax: (02) 9264 6400
PRODUCTION INVESTMENT FUND
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CHANGES TO FTO PRODUCTION INVESTMENT ROUNDS: The FTO
has a new process for application to its Production Investment Fund
allowing greater flexibility for producers. To come into the round you
will need to advise the FTO via an EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) in
submitting to the round.
The next deadline for EOI is Monday 7 May 2007.
Please note: NO APPLICATION FORM IS REQUIRED AT THIS STAGE.
The Production Investment Fund provides funding for:
• Feature films
• Documentaries and documentary series
• Television drama and telemovies
• Official co-productions
• Animation series
Email email@example.com if you have further questions.
REGIONAL FILMING FUND (RFF)
NSW Film and Television Office supports and encourages the growth of
the film and television industry in NSW through the Regional Filming
It is an annual fund that is available for
filmmakers that intend to film at least one week or more in any part of
regional NSW. The level of assistance is based on the total amount a
production will expend in a regional area and considers amounts of up
to 35% of the estimated regional spend.
For eligibility and selection criteria, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The New South Wales Film & TV Office provides assistance for filmmakers to attend international festivals and markets.
is available for the producer, director or writer to travel to an
approved international festival with a completed film. The film must
have received prior investment from the FTO. In exceptional
circumstances, the FTO will consider applications from other
significant creatives, such as actors, editors or cinematographers.
Travel assistance is available for feature films, television series,
telefeatures, documentaries and animation, and is in the form of a
Producers with one or a slate of projects
ready for financing can apply for a travel loan to attend an
international market such as Cannes, MIP-TV or MIPCOM. Applications are
assessed on: a project or slate of projects developed sufficiently to
attract market place finance, the track record of the applicant, the
expressed marketplace interest in the project, a business and travel
itinerary with a schedule of pre arranged meetings. Travel assistance
to markets is repayable to the FTO.
Applications are accepted year round with the assessment process taking approximately four to six weeks.
For details, email: email@example.com
ABC REGIONAL PRODUCTION FUND
ABC Regional Production Fund commissions work form experienced radio
producers and talented content providers that live outside the major
capital cities. If you have an idea for a complete and delivered
program which fits within an existing ABC format, an original script, a
collection of oral histories, music segments etc then contact Jo Upham
via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|FREE HANDBOOK ON DIGITAL STORY TELLING|
has launched online A Handbook for Coding Cultures, a free publication
examining how communications and media technologies are playing a
central role in shaping cultural expression and community development
in Australia and internationally.
The Coding Cultures handbook
features six invited writers and groups from Australia, Belgium,
Brazil, England, Italy and Hong Kong who share their experiences of
building imaginative digital tools, social networks, open labs and
internet-based knowledge platforms for communication and creativity.
To download A Handbook for Coding Cultures visit: www.dlux.org.au
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