(New content is added regularly - last update 17 January 2011 - Producer category. New information about Concept Modelling under the "Pitching" question.)
Networking - where do i go to meet people in the industry?Networking - where do i go to meet people in the industry?
JOIN AN INDUSTRY GROUP SUCH AS:
Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA)
Australian Director's Guild (ADG)
Australian Writers' Guild (AWG)
The Network at Metro Screen
Women in Film & Television NSW (WIFT)
Special Interest Group in Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques
Visual Effects Society (VES) Contact Trish Graham at Fuel International for information about the Sydney chapter
Australia Cinematographer Society
Australian Guild of Screen Composers
Australian Production Design Guild
Game Developers Association of Australia
VOLUNTEER AT A FILM FESTIVAL
Festivals are always in need of extra help, and it's a great way to meet people in the industry. Film Festival World is a good resource for international festivals and it also has information about some of the Australian festivals. Film Festival World
The Sydney Film Festival also has a great volunteer program.
JOIN THE CREATIVE PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING SITE - The Loop
What options for funding are available in NSW and are there alternative ways to fund...What options for funding are available in NSW and are there alternative ways to fund projects?
CROWD SOURCED FINANCING
Put your project online and get the international community to help you fund it. For some tips on how to start-up your project read this article How To Get Crowdsourced Funding For Your Startup
Here is a sample list of websites that support crowd sourced financing, and examples of projects that have their own crowdfunding sites:
CHECK THE GUIDELINES FOR FUNDING AT THESE ORGANISATIONS:
Information & Cultural Exchange
Regional Arts NSW
APPROACH A CORPORATION FOR SPONSORSHIP:
Screen NSW does not endorse any specific companies. However, the following are a few possible ideas and just a starting point to get you thinking. You will need to do your own research to determine if a company's sponsorship guidelines are appropriate for your purposes.
Kodak Australia - Education OR Kodak Australia - Sponsorship
APPROACH A LOCAL BUSINESS FOR SPONSORSHIP:
In exchange for providing a sponsorship toward a portion of the expenses for the film, you could offer to somehow include a local business in the film and also add their name/logo to the credits.
Most businesses would be happy to have a film crew at their location, as long as you don't get in the way, as cameras usually draw the attention of prospective customers. It might be a café, or a clothing store, or a car dealership, or a pub. There is an endless list of possibilities... just look in the phone book or have a walk around your neighbourhood for some ideas.
APPROACH A COMMUNITY ORGANISATION OR LOCAL COUNCIL FOR A GRANT OR MATCHED FUNDING:
City of Sydney
Directory of NSW local councils
NSW community organisations
Brandchannel Check out this website! It may give you some ideas about companies you could approach for funding in exchange for product placement. You can search through the top box office films by year, and also by the products that were featured in the film. As noted on the website, "Brandchannel records all brand mentions and appearances deliberate or coincidental."
CREATE A WEBPAGE/TEASER/BLOG and post it online to generate interest. Here are a couple of different approaches to promoting your film(s) while they are in development:
Indywood Movie Project
HAVE A LOOK AT Fearfreefilmfundraising Blog Spot
Lots of interesting information here for independent filmmakers.
HOLD A FUNDRAISING PARTY FOR YOUR PROJECT
Multiplatform - is there any advice available about how to create projects that will use...Multiplatform - is there any advice available about how to create projects that will use various platforms, and do you have some examples?
Although no longer updated, AFTRS Laboratory for Advanced Media Production (LAMP) has a wealth of information. The vodcasts are particularly helpful, such as the one posted on 15 July 2009 titled Innovations in Multi-Platform Content
Check out Metro Screen's multiplatform blog that's leading up to the April 2010 launch of their Multiplatform Screen Producer Scholarship.
Australian Christy Dena is a cross/transmedia educator, researcher and practitioner. Her blogs http://www.christydena.com/ and http://www.yousuckattransmedia.com/ both have a wealth of information for emerging transmedia practitioners.
Metro Screen offer short courses in multiplatform, as well as an advanced diploma.
Are there any australian companies that can help me create a cross-platform strategy?Are there any australian companies that can help me create a cross-platform strategy?
I live in regional NSW. Where can i go for filmmaking resources (crew, training,...I live in regional NSW. Where can i go for filmmaking resources (crew, training, assistance)?
ABC Open has a specifically regional outlook. Although it does not provide financial funding, depending on the project there is in-kind support in the form of gear, and it also provides a platform for the finished work. http://open.abc.net.au/
Copyright - where can i get information specifically for filmmakers and broadcasters?Copyright - where can i get information specifically for filmmakers and broadcasters?
You can find comprehensive information at the Australian Copyright Council.
Check out the "Information Sheets" section here.
What sales and screening opportunities are there for short films?What sales and screening opportunities are there for short films?
Screen NSW's Short Film Marketing Guide has a wealth of information about how to go about marketing your film, along with several lists of links to festivals, on-line marketing/sales opportunities, and international broadcasters and distributors.
Click here for the Short Film Marketing Guide.
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