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FNI(A) ATTENDS MIFF (Melbourne International Film Festival) SEMINAR 6/3/12

On 6/3/12, FNI(A) Founding President NORA PRESTON attended the MIFF Seminar that was presented by the Industry Program Director Mark Woods. This seminar was for producers and small budget filmmakers that was held in Canberra coordinated by ScreenACT.

Mark Woods – MIFF Industry Program Director

MIFF also provides film funds and has an established film market. Mark Woods manages MIFF 37ºSouth Market,,MIFFAccelerator, http://miff.com.au/assets/_downloads/ACCELERATORbackground2011.pdf  and  MIFF Premiere Fundhttp://miff.com.au/miff_premiere_fundwho gave inside, detailed information on how to apply for funds and on how to distribute a low budget film.

Clicking on these links, or copying and pasting them into your browser, will give you an insight on the Seminar, MIFF 37ºSouth Market, MIFFAccelerator,  http://miff.com.au/assets/_downloads/ACCELERATORbackground2011.pdf  and  MIFF Premiere Fundhttp://miff.com.au/miff_premiere_fund, or click on this link for more info: http://miff.com.au/ .

As usual the evening ended with the ScreenACT staff’s hospitality, with the offering of nibbles and drinks.


I watched this film being pleasantly surprised with the light romantic comedy entertainment.

With the story line on chocolate  making, I immediately thought of Le Chocolat,  starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche, Judy Dench, Lena Olin and Alfred Molina, and thought that this film would be a remake of the same film, so I wasn’t particularly enthusiastic to watch it, but it wasn’t, it was a completely different story.

This film was in French, subtitled in English, Directed by Jean-Pierre Ameris, starring Benoit Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carre, Lorella Cravotta, Lise Lametrie.

Angélique (Isabelle Carré, Private Fears in Public Places) is a gifted chocolate-maker whose treats are legendary around town, but her uncontrollable shyness prevents her from acknowledging her talents. Struggling chocolatier Jean-René (Benoît Poelvoorde, Coco Before Chanel), who also suffers from a similar case of awkward bashfulness that threatens to drown his company, hires Angelique as his new sales associate. Realising she’s attracted to her boss, Angelique decides to anonymously develop a new line of chocolates to save the company. With the future of the business hanging in the balance, will Angelique and Jean-Rene overcome their limitations and confess their sweet affections for one another?

You can click on this link for more information on the film: http://www.romanticsanonymous.com.au     


TERTIARY STUDENTS Short Films, Documentaries, games and animations. Click on http://www.atomawards.org/  for more information. Entries close 5pm on Monday 25 June 2012.


Want to learn more about copyright pages, https://www.createspace.com/Help/Index.jsp?orgId=00D300000001Sh9&id=50170000000j86n how royalties https://www.createspace.com/Help/Index.jsp?orgId=00D300000001Sh9&id=50170000000I1gK are calculated, and Amazon.com detail pages? https://www.createspace.com/Help/Index.jsp?orgId=00D300000001Sh9&id=50170000000I1fV. Visit our FAQs https://www.createspace.com/en/community/docs/DOC-1751?ref=416792&utm_id=5995 to find answers to our most common questions on publishing, royalties, orders, and distribution.

To gain information on entering Book Awards click on this link: 2012 Competitions for Independently Published Books for ideas.

2012 AbaF Awards nomination is now online.

This year submissions for the AbaF Awards are online.

Access the AbaF Awards portal

We encourage you to logon to the AbaF Awards portal now to set up a profile for your nomination submission.

The AbaF Awards celebrate and honour successful and innovative relationships between arts, business and donors.

Nominations close midnight Friday 11 May 2012 – don’t miss your chance to nominate!

If you have a successful business arts partnership, volunteering, giving or access program, this could be your year to be recognised.

For more information on the AbaF Awards visit our website: abaf.org.au/awards

Or contact your state/territory office or email awards@abaf.org.au


There are people out there who say entering screenplay competitions is a waste of time. But did you know you can use competitions as a tool for your development as a writer? Well you can! Listen to this free Podcast with Gordy Hoffman http://www.networkisa.org/#/podcasts-isa/4554622688 to find out how. Then take advantage of the I.S.A. discounts below on deadlines coming this week!

Also, be a part of a group of only 10 other writers getting coached by Emmy and Oscar Winners at these Stonybrook summer screenwriting & filmmaking, http://www.stonybrook.edu/sb/mfa/summer intensives by the sea. 

Oh, and hey, SCREENPLAYS WANTED, click on this link:  http://www.networkisa.org/#/writing-gigs/4532967165 with a couple of gigs shown below!



Currently searching for a Writer/Analyst for a new, metropolitan lifestyle web series. The project will be an 8 series pilot to be recorded in the Washington DC metropolitan area ove rthe next 4-6months posted on a dedicate4d project website.   For more info click on this link: http://boldlifestyle.com/work/index.php/production-calling before May 5, 2012

We have a start-up cinema production company and are looking to add to our arsenal with some short films (under 10 minutes), any genre that can be filmed in 1 day for about $1,500 which will be provided.  It has to have as its lead a mid to late 20s caucasian male with goold looks, medium/athletic build/height/ versatile dark hair, mesmerising blue eyes.  Email theactorproject@gmail.com for more info.


The I.S.A.


Create Some Drama on Ramsay St!

The Australian Writers’ Guild and FremantleMedia Australia are calling for entries for the long-awaited 2012 Neighbours Scriptwriter Training Initiative.

Now in its fifth year the initiative gives two writers the opportunity to spend 6 weeks with the story department of Australia’s favourite serial.

The writers will join the team as trainee storyliners and will also receive $5000*.

The initiative provides writers with a rare chance to get their foot in the door of Australian television and experience the fast-paced environment of serial drama. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain an invaluable understanding in one of the most challenging but rewarding areas of screenwriting. Several of the internships have also resulted in permanent positions for the writers.

Applications close 5pm Friday 4 May.

For more information and to download initiative guidelines and application form click here, http://www.awg.com.au/ 

Open Channel Ad Competition!!!

If you had the opportunity to make a cool, kooky, jive-turkey advert for Open Channel, what kind of ad would YOU create?

Task: Make a video with a length between 30 and 90 seconds

Theme: Open Channel; Creating pathways to industry

Some things to consider…

What’s your impression of Open Channel?
… Have you studied here? What have you gained?
Have you had a funny experience whilst studying here?
What would you like to see more of at OC?
(Don’t be confused by THE OC, though it was a very good TV show)
What does Open Channel mean to you?
Do you know who Open Channel are?
What is Soylent Green? IS Global Warming real?! etc
How would you sum up Open Channel in 90seconds?

How to enter:

Upload your video to YouTube OR Vimeo then,
Email the following to info@openchannel.org.au
• Your Video link
• Contact details; Full Name, Contact Number, Video title,
• Whether you are entering as an under-18 or over-18 participant

Entries close 5:30pm on Monday 21st May 2012

Why should you enter?

You will WIN STUFF!

There will be one winner from each category, Under 18 and
Winning videos will be featured on our website AND our YouTube channel! (Free exposure for YOUR ad campaign!)
Winners will receive a free membership AND a free short course of your choice (Valued at up to $500)
Runners-up will receive a complimentary registration to our forthcoming Documentary or Drama/Comedy Conferences, due to hit town late 2012!

Important Dates:

Competition closes (emailed links must be received)
Monday May 21st by 5:30pm

Winners will be announced on Monday, May 28th 2012

Some thematic suggestions might include:

o Testimonials
o Documentary
o Mockumentary
o Musical
o Jingle
o ‘Sweding’
(Look up ‘Jurassic Park Sweded’ on YouTube)
o Re-enactment of movie sequence
o Parody
o Movie trailer
o Music video


(Don’t upload anything you wouldn’t want your mother to watch…)

West Side Shorts Screening – 8th May

Check out some great shorts on the 8th May. $5 entry and drinks and dinner are available.

Screening starts at 8.30pm. Some of the film directors will be there on the night.

A trailer for the film TEN TERRORISTS will screen on the night with one of the producers attending.

Also screening will be short film Mistakes , which took out ‘Best Film by a senior over 55 yrs’ at the 2012 Coasties Film Festival at Avoca Beach Theatre on the Central Coast, NSW. It received rave reviews from judges and audience. The director will be attending on the night.

Venue: Customs House Hotel, 161 Nelson Pl, Williamstown

Click here for more details.

Assistant Directing
This professional course is designed to provide you with the skills to forge a career as a 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th Assistant Director.
AD1201: Saturday and Sunday April 28, 29 (10am – 5pm)
You will learn how to:* Schedule a film and keep it on track using EP Scheduling
* Maintain lines of communication
* Prepare call sheets
* Monitor the arrival of cast and crew
* Monitor on-set safety
* Rehearse additional cast and direct extras
* Build a career as an ADMore Info/ Enrol

Final Cut Pro Introduction
Want to begin editing with Final Cut Pro 7 and get an intro to Final Cut Pro X? This comprehensive workshop is an exercise-based course covering basic editing procedures and the many features of Final Cut Pro 7 and a basic demo and insight into the pros and cons of Final Cut Pro X.
FCP 1205: Friday to Sunday May 4 (6.15-9.15pm), 5, 6 (10.00am-5.30pm)
Gain an overall understanding of the principles and strategies for non-linear editing and learn about the basic features of the program including:* Setting up a project
* Capturing media
* Basic picture editing
* Basic sound editing
* Codecs
* Special techniques like titles, credit rolls, layers, filters, image effects, transitions

Production Design & Art Department

Before you shoot, think about what’s happening in the background. Production Design encompasses the entire ‘look’ of your production, and is as important a part of storytelling as sound and vision.

ART1201: Saturday/Sunday May 12, 13, 19, 20 (10.00am – 5.30pm)

Production Design legend Julie (former Head of Design, ABC TV) will take you will take you through the fundamentals of the craft and give you a practical understanding of Production Design for all forms of screen media.

In this course you will learn how to:

* Breakdown script for art department
* Buy props
* Create budget estimations
* Pitch your concepts to the Director
* Understand the subtleties of period dressing
* Dress and break-down sets
* Work with teams such as costume, make-up and special effects
* Build a career in this role

More Info/ Enrol

Documentary Filmmaking Introduction

Get the skills to make your own short documentary with this intensive practical course. Designed for beginners, this course gives you a solid technical and creative foundation.

DOCFI 1203:Thursday to Sunday May 10, 11 (6.15-9.15pm), 12, 13 (10am-5pm)

Be guided by an experienced filmmaker to:

* Examine storytelling conventions
* Understand the process of concept development
* Understand legal and ethical issues
* Conduct interviews
* Use camera, lighting, sound and editing equipment
* Collaboratively shoot and edit a short documentary exercise

More Info/ Enrol

Volunteering Video Competition for Young People – Call For Submissions

The Volunteering Video Competition is looking for 15 to 25-year-olds to submit a 30 to 60 second audiovisual advertisement to promote volunteering to young people.

The theme for the competition is “Your Passion, Our Nation. Volunteer Now!”

Entrants to the competition will be divided into two age groups:

  1. Category A – Aged 15 to under 18 years
  2. Category B – Aged 18 to under 25 years

Prizes include:
* Canon 5D Mark II video kit which includes a Camera, Canon 24-105mm f4L lens,
Rode Video Mic Pro, Dead Cat and more

Entries are open from 9am Thursday 19 April 2012 to 5pm Sunday 22 July 2012.

For more information,
click here


Due to popular demand, JUMP CUT entries have been extended! Closing date for films is now 5pm on Friday the 11th May!

Bayside Film Festival showcases works by young and emerging filmmakers. Across four days, the Festival offers a comprehensive program of international and Australian films, workshops, short documentaries and digital stories made especially for the Festival.


Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
Jump Cut – Primary Award (10 – 13 years) – a DVD pack thanks to MADMEN ENTERTAINMENT
Jump Cut – Secondary Award (14 – 18 years) – One year membership to OPEN CHANNEL for the winning filmmakers
Jump Cut – Tertiary Award (19 – 26 years) – $4000 equipment hire for your next film thanks to CAMERAQUIP
Best International entry – cash prize, equivalent of 100 euro
Entry is open to young people aged 10 – 26 from around the world to submit short films for screening as part of the ninth annual Bayside Film Festival. The Festival will occur late July at Palace Brighton Bay, 294 Bay Street, Brighton, Melbourne.

For entry details: www.bayside.vic.gov.au/jumpcut

For further information contact the Jump Cut Coordinator, Gemma Crofts
(ph) Tues – Thurs 03 9599 4370

15th Over The Fence Comedy Film Festival – Final Call for Entries!

Over the Fence is looking for Short Film submissions up to 16 minutes long, and Longer Shorts 16+ minutes. Must have an excellent sense of humour!

Any genre is welcome; Documentary, Animation, Drama and in any style!

Call for entries FINAL deadline: 5th May

For more information see the website.

Opening Shot 2 Calling for Entries

Screen Australia and ABC TV Documentaries are calling for entries to Opening Shot 2, a $400,000 initiative that aims to support and enable talented young documentary makers to tell their stories through a prime time series for ABC2.

ABC TV is looking to commission up to six one-off films to form an insightful and entertaining series that will look at contemporary Australian life and appeal to a broad audience.

Applicants can apply for up to $80,000 for each half-hour documentary. To be eligible, the director must be 35 or under at 1 June 2012.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 1 June 2012.

For guidelines and applications click the links below:
Screen Australia


Film by Democracy

Submissions Open for FbD’s first production

You’re invited to enter a 20 word plot idea for our first production, a Contemporary Urban Fantasy Drama.

You have until the 9th May to write or upload a video idea. If you win:
• Your idea will form the foundation for our series story, and
• You will receive the production credit – ‘Based on an original idea by …’

Read Guidelines & Enter


Required: Camera Operator and Sound Recordist with own equipment and creative flair
5 x Monday evenings (soon)
Synopsis: Primary music teacher working with volunteer kids and an adult family member learning music. The film is intended to portray the relationships between kids and adults learning together, plus the particular music pedagogy I use, as part of a Thesis project for PhD student.
Location: Ascot Vale Primary School
If you are interested, please email Sarah at sarah@sarahbrooke.com.au  ASAP with your background and details, and an online reel link if available, so we can organise a chat.

Call for Volunteers for set construction
Snowgum Films, producers of the fantastic Australian shorts “Run, Rincewind, run”, “Goldilocked” and “Undead Ted” are in the final stages of constructing their massive indoor set for their next project, “Troll Bridge”.
They are building a castle. And they need your help. If you have basic construction skills/or able to work under instruction and have spare time to volunteer they would love to hear from you. Construction is taking place in Williamstown.
If you would like to volunteer to help what will be a fantastic film, then please email Daniel Knight of Snowgum Films at danielknight@snowgumfilms.com


FNI(A) Film Networking Industry (Australia) wishes you a Very safe, and Happy Year in 2012.

If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on MOBILE +61 407 601 662, or email fni_a@yahoo.com.au

NORA PRESTON – Filmmaker since 2001
Founding President


PO Box 3509

Mob: +61 407 601 662

email: fni_a@yahoo.com.au   

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27 April 2012

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Aims and Objectives: to promote and unite the film and music industry; to promote film production and development; improved access to equipment; and annual recognition of achievements in Australian and International Film and Music through FNI(A) Achievement Awards.

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