Issue 100
1 September 2014
 Screen NSW eNewsletter September 2014
 screen nswBREAKING NEWS
22 Aug 14 | NSW Government invests $2.77m in 17 film and TV productions

The NSW Government’s $2.77 million investment in 17 major new film and television productions, from some of Australia's finest creative talent, will bring more than $50 million in direct production expenditure to the state and create an estimated 2,746 jobs.

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28 Aug 14 | NSW Government supports Northern Rivers screen and cultural sector

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is assisting growth and development of the Northern Rivers’ diverse screen and cultural sectors with a funding injection across the Arts sector.

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21 Aug 14 | NSW Government helping three new filmmaking teams on the road to career success

Three NSW-based filmmaking teams are being assisted on the road to success through the NSW Government’s Emerging Filmmakers Fund (EFF), Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant has announced.

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11 Aug 14 | Screen NSW funding to develop and celebrate talent in Western Sydney

Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant and Member for Parramatta Dr Geoff Lee have announced an injection of $147,000 in screen funding for Western Sydney at Parramatta’s Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE).

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21 Aug 14 | Lebanese Film Festival receives NSW Government grant

Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant has announced a $4,000 Screen NSW grant for the Lebanese Film Festival to be held in Bankstown and Chatswood from 22 August to 6 September.

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01 Sep 14 | AURORA open for applications

Aurora is Screen NSW's premium feature film development program. Since 2002, Aurora has attracted acclaimed Australian and international filmmakers as advisors and participants in the program, and has identified major new Australian filmmaking talent. 51 projects have participated in the Aurora programs to date with nine going into production. High-profile films developed through Aurora include Animal Kingdom, The Black Balloon, Wish You Were Here, Little Fish and Somersault.
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01 Sep 14 | Screen NSW welcomes Michelle Lia into Producer Extension Placement program

Screen NSW welcomes Michelle Lia into the Producer Extension Placement program for six months. Hailing from Western Sydney, Michelle is an alumna of Sydney Film School where she first gained experience working across various departments. She has produced a range of both shorts and documentary including the observational documentary To See, the short film Barton The Ghost Catcher and Grandma. Michelle  also holds  a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Economy from USYD and is about to complete a Masters of Legal Studies from UTS. 
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1 Sep 14 | Media Law for Non-Lawyers publication

The updated 2nd edition of Media Law for Non Lawyers in now available.

Edited by media lawyer Lyndon Sayer-Jones with 390 pages, colour flow charts & Tandberg cartoons, the publication includes new chapters from 15 specialist entertainment lawyers in Australia such as Nina Stevenson, Bryce Menzies, Michael Frankel AM, Greg Sitch and Lloyd Hart.
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01 Sep 14 | Indigenous Employment Program supports 40 Indigenous emerging artists

Over the last two years Screen Australia’s Media and Screen Industry Indigenous Employment Program (IEP) has created opportunities for organisations to tap into Australia’s next wave of Indigenous talent. In partnership with the Media Media Reconciliation Industry Network Group (Media RING), and funded by the (now) Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (formerly DEEWR), the program has supported forty Indigenous emerging artists within the media and screen industry – thirty in urban locations and ten in remote locations across Australia.
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01 Sep 14 | Congratulations to NSW Ones To Watch participants

Screen Producers Australia (SPA) has announced the talented producers selected to participate in the 2014 Ones To Watch program. The successful participants will receive unparalleled career opportunities, including one-on-one guidance by a leading screen industry mentor and the exclusive chance to apply for STUDIO Kickstart, a TV pitching competition. Of this year's seventeen participants, seven are from NSW.
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01 Sep 14 | Train up and network with Metro Screen

Metro Screen currently has a number of courses on offer throughout September including a Speed Networking event for emerging producers, directors, writers, actors and more. 

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02 Sep 14 | You're On Your Own Kid - Metro Screen public forum

Have your say at Metro Screen's public forum: You're On Your Own Kid 

The forum aims to discuss the immediate impact of Screen Australia’s cuts on Metro Screen and the emerging screen community it serves.
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03 Sep 14 | Little Big Shots International Film Festival for Kids

Little Big Shots is Australia’s major annual and travelling children’s film festival.

With a range of programs on offer, Little Big Shots is Australia’s major annual and travelling children’s film festival. Inspiring, meaningful and fun-filled, it features the best in local and international children’s shorts, animation, documentaries and child-produced films.
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05 Sep 14 | 47th Annual AWGIE Awards

The 47th Annual AWGIE Awards will be presented in Sydney on Friday 5 September 2014

The Australian Writer's Guild AWGIES Awards celebrate excellence in Australian performance writing and are unique in being judged on the script rather than the produced work. The AWGIE Awards are a significant part of the AWG’s 50-year history of championing Australian scriptwriters and promoting their contribution to Australian culture.
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06 Sep 14 | AFTRS Open Day

Keen on studying at one of the best film schools in the world in 2015? AFTRS – Australia’s national screen arts and broadcast school is opening its doors to prospective students and the public on Saturday 6 September 2014, 10am-3pm.

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08 Oct 14 | Good Pitch2 Australia

Good Pitch², the world’s leading forum for social impact documentary is coming to Australia for the first time at the Sydney Opera House, 8 October 2014.

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11 Sep 14 | Persian International Film Festival

Now in its third year, Persian International Film Festival is a four-day showcase of stories from the best known and freshest of Iranian voices. The 2014 program runs from September 11 to 14, at Paddington’s Palace Chauvel Cinema, full program is available at

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11 Sep 14 | North West Film Festival

The North West Film Festival will be held  11-12 September 2014 at the Roxy Theatre, Bingara NSW, for young people from rural communities interested and actively engaged in creative digital and analogue screen media.

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12 Sep 14 | Port Stephens Film Festival

The Port Stephens Film Festival will take place in Port Stephens, NSW from 12 to 14 September.

For more details visit the Port Stephens Film Festival website.
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12 Sep 14 | Paper To Pitch with Northern Rivers Screenworks

Northern Rivers Screenworks presents a one day creative workshop with Miriam Stein from Hatch Entertainment on how to successfully pitch concepts.

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17 Sep 14 | Queer Screen Film Festival

Queer Screen Film Festival is back and it's bigger than ever. Screening 17-21 September 2014 at Event Cinemas George Street and Dendy Cinemas Newtown, this year's selection represents the very best of international queer cinema, including winners from the Cannes and Berlin 2014 Film Festivals.

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18 Sep 14 | Breakfast briefing with Getty Images

With the accelerated rise of digital media, and as brands and individuals all become publishers, the demand for video content has been growing exponentially.

Stock agencies are increasingly on the lookout for relevant, local content to support the needs of the market. How can production companies that are generating a lot of content benefit from this trend?
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08 Oct 14 | Jeff Gomez transmedia masterclass 2014

Due to popular demand, the world's most successful transmedia producer, Jeff Gomez, returns to Australia to present his brand new one-day masterclass with X Media Lab.

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14 Oct 14 | Antenna Documentary Film Festival

The Antenna Documentary Film Festival returns to Sydney 14 - 19 October, with a feast of documentaries from around the world. To view the full program visit the Antenna website.

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21 Oct 14 | TIFFCOM

TIFFCOM is a content market affiliated with the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), held under the umbrella of Japan Content Showcase. The market provides a venue as the multi-content platform where buyers from all over the world and other visitors can meet exhibitors interested in launching new profitable business with the content they own, whether it is related to film, TV, animation, music, digital media, comic books, or publishing.
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22 Oct 14 | Fimmakers Abroad

Filmmaker Abroad offers discerning travellers the opportunity to make their own documentary films with hands-on in-the-field mentorship from experienced, award-winning, filmmakers. The next Fimmaker Abroad trip will take place in Cambodia from 22 to 30 October 2014. Find out more on the Filmmakers Abroad website. 

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01 Sep 14 | Media Awards nominations open - United Nations Association of Australia

Journalists and producers whose work addresses humanitarian and social justice issues are encouraged to submit nomiations for the United Nations Association of Australia Media Awards. The nominated work must have been published/broadcast in the Australian public media between 1 September 2013 and 1 September 2014.

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04 Sep 14 | Antenna and Tribeca Hacks Documentary Hackathon call for entries

Calling all digital storytelling enthusiasts. Are you a documentary filmmaker with a concept for an interactive doc? Or are you a tech-whiz or designer just itching to use your web skills to tell real-life stories? Antenna’s Documentary Hackathon provides the perfect opportunity to take the next step.

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05 Sep 14 | Is This Art? calling for entries

dLux MediaArts and Artereal Gallery invite emerging screen and media artists or students to submit works for consideration for the third screening of  IS THIS ART? to be  held at Artereal Gallery in Sydney on Wednesday 1 October 2014. 

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12 Sep 14 | Gateway LA script development program applications now open

Australians in Film (AIF) has launched the Gateway LA script development program. The program will support the development of commercially successful, Australian created television and movie screenplays for US and international audiences.

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19 Sep 14 | Flickerfest call for entries 2015

Celebrating its 24th year, Flickerfest, Australia’s leading Academy® Award accredited and BAFTA recognised Short Film festival, and its largest short film competition, is now accepting entries from Australia and around the world, for their 2015 Festival.

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28 Sep 14 | Vertical Film Festival call for entries

On 17 October 2014 the world's first competition for film and video shot vertically (also called 'tall-screen', 'portrait format' or '9:16 aspect ratio') will be held in Katoomba, NSW.

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01 Oct 14 | Call for entries FIFO 2015

The 12th Oceanian International Documentary Film Festival of Tahiti, the largest crossroads of the pictures of the Pacific, will take place in French Polynesia (Papeete) in January 2015.

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10 Oct 14 | Hop Flicks call for entries

Hop Flicks is a new short film competition and will be part of the inaugural Sip & Savour – craft beer event set to take place in Sydney from 25-26 October 2014. 

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27 Oct 14 | Byron Bay International Film Festival call for entries

The Byron Bay International Film Festival is calling for entries for films of all lengths and all genres. Films in competition must have been completed after Jan 1st 2012.

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31 Oct 14 | Pune International Film Festival call for entries

The 13th Pune International Film Festival (PIFF) will be held from 8-15 January 2015. The Festival is jointly organised by the Pune Film Foundation and the Government of Maharashtra.

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01 Sep 14 | Maya The Bee Movie launches official trailer

Screen NSW supported Maya The Bee Movie, the 3D animated feature adapted from the ABC TV series, opens in Australia on 1 November 2014. Written by Fin Edquist and directed by Alexs Stadermann, Maya The Bee Movie introduces Coco Jack Gillies as Maya and features Jacki Weaver, Richard Roxburgh, Noah Taylor, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Justine Clarke, Miriam Margolyes and Umbilical Brothers Shane Dundas and David Collins. Watch the official trailer and visit the Facebook page for more news and updates live from the hive!
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01 Sep 14 | The Code premieres ABC1 Sunday 21 September

The Code, a new six-hour political thriller produced by Playmaker Media will air on ABC1 on Sunday 21 September at 8.30pm. The Code was filmed on location in Sydney, Canberra and Broken Hill. Stretching from the spectacular red desert of Australia’s outback to the cool corridors of power in Canberra, The Code tells the story of two brothers who unearth information that those at the highest levels of political power will kill to keep secret.
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28 Aug 14 | Felony - in cinemas now!

One is guilty of a crime, one will try to cover it up, and the other attempts to expose it.

See Joel Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Jai Courtney and Melissa George in the crime thriller, Felony, directed by Matthew Saville (Noise) and produced by Goalpost Picures' Rosemary Blight - in Australian cinemas now. Watch the trailer on the Felony facebook page.
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