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FILM NETWORKING INDUSTRY (AUSTRALIA)-FNI(A) NEWS + JOBS 23/9/12

REPORT ON ANDREW PIKE’S DISTRIBUTION SEMINAR HELD ON 8/9/12

I attended Andrew Pike from Ronin Films Distribution seminar on 8/9/12 and as usual it was a full house. We looked at hands on issues involved in preparing marketing materials, whether for feature films or documentaries, including press kits, trailers, advertising, stills and log-lines. This was a session building on the sessions that Andrew presented last year in Producer Pod and included a lot of anecdotes from Andrew’s experience in the distribution and cinema business.

Andrew Pike 8/9/12 Photo by NORA PRESTON

This is a bad example of a DVD cover for marketing. This has not sold well so Andrew wants to discuss it to be redesigned for ‘Honeymoon in Kabul’. Photo taken by NORA PRESTON.

Andrew warns to listen to your distributor’s advice in what is successful designing and marketing.

ANDREW PIKE LECTURE SERIES ON DISTRIBUTION CONTINUES

ScreenACT proudly announces Andrew Pike’s next instalment of his survivor’s guide to the Australian film industry sharing his knowledge on the ins and outs of film distribution. For this lecture Andrew will talk in more detail about Theatrical Distribution through a case study of a major film release. ‘Shine’ was discussed to be the film release discussed this session. This lecture will build upon the material that Andrew has previously presented, and will be rich in information and in trade anecdotes from Andrew’s experiences in the distribution and cinema business.

When: 10am-12.30pm, Saturday 6 October 2012

Where: SilverSun Pictures, 82 Wentworth Avenue, KINGSTON

Cost: $20 (SASI Members), $25 (non SASI Members)

RSVP:
Essential

SPAA – BONDI HIPSTERS HIT THE ISLAND

Creators of the Bondi Hipsters are making an appearance at Fringe to share the stories behind producing and distributing content in the totes ridic age of YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

With over 4 million hits on YouTube, over 12,000 Facebook fans, and now in development for a TV series on an Australian network, Christiaan Van Vuuren and Nick Boshier have taken the online world by storm, with their hilarious satrical look at the life and daily contradictions of Adrian and Dom.

Being a hipster is hard work. Producing being a hipster, much harder! In a world of super abundance, and super logistics, what’s the inside lane on low-budget indies producing quality entertainment?

The two join low budget movie extraordinaire Larry Cohen and Kylie du Fresne, producer of The Sapphires, in the line up for Fringe.

Click here to register for Fringe.

ATOMBUFTA ENTRIES ARE CLOSING SOON!

Bond University offers Year 11 and 12 students the chance to win a full-tuition scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University (valued at over $91,000!)

The BUFTA competition gives students an amazing opportunity to pursue a career in film and television. Hear how winning the 2011 BUFTA competition has changed Matthew Thorne’s life. Click here.

To enter, students need to create a short film and enter online.

For more details on how to submit a film, please click here.

But hurry – entries close Friday 12 October 2012.

www.bufta.com.au

OPEN CHANNEL

THE PITCH IS BACK!

OPEN CHANNEL ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES 2012 SHORT AND SHARP PITCHING COMPETITION

Open Channel with the support of Film Victoria, invites filmmakers including screenwriters, directors and producers to submit a short treatment for a screen-based project to Open Channel’s SHORT AND SHARP PITCHING COMPETITION. Entries close 5.00pm Monday, September 24.

All you need is a great idea. You can pitch any genre, format or duration: from TV series and
Feature films to shorts, animation, documentary and digital media. A shortlist of entrants will be invited to meet with a selection panel of leading industry professionals to discuss their projects. The finalists will then be invited to present their pitch to a live audience and a judging panel of key industry decision-makers at Cinema Nova mid-October.
Open Channel Executive Director Jennie Hughes commented, “The creation of a great pitch is an essential skill to any filmmaker. A good pitch will inspire, excite and attract those all important partners to your project whether they be an actor, broadcast executive, theatrical distributor, financier or a producer. Short and Sharp has for many years provided pathways for aspiring filmmakers with many projects going onto being developed such as Jehan Ratnatunga’s film Arranged which has just received its second round of development funding from Film Victoria”.

The Winner of this year’s Final will also have a terrific opportunity to develop their project through one-to-one meetings with a leading production company, $2,000 worth of equipment hire including the Sony PMW F3 camera, and will have the opportunity to compete in the National Pitching Competition as part of SPAA Fringe at Cockatoo Island, 22nd October.

With Producer Marc Gracie at the helm, SHORT & SHARP is a proven first step towards success!

2012 SHORT & SHARP PITCHING COMPETITION
Entries Close: 5pm Monday, September 24
Entry is free for Open Channel members and $30 for non members.
Click here to apply.

For more information, call 03 8610 9300.

MEDIA Enquiries: Linda Airey (LA Publicity)

la.publicity@bigpond.com

Ph. 02 6687 5858

SHORT & SHARP REGIONAL PITCHING COMPETITION 2012 – Pitching Event Monday October 8th

OPEN CHANNEL FREE EVENT in partnership with GREATER SHEPPARTON CITY COUNCIL Present
THE INAUGURAL SHORT AND SHARP PITCHING COMPETITION
Join the following professional filmmakers for an evening of fun and creativity as four local filmmakers battle it out for the winning pitch!!
SEPH McKENNA – Head of Australian Production, Roadshow Films. Seph works closely with Australian producers and implemented development work on features films including Wolf Creek 2 and the smash hit Red Dog Prior to his position at Roadshow Seph worked for Warner Bros in Los Angeles.
TIM FERGUSON – one of Australia’s most well-known and talented writer/comedians. He was part of the ground-breaking musical comedy trio the Doug Anthony All Stars, Tim has written extensively for television and his credits include Big Brother Insider (Network 10), Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush (Channel 9), DAAS Love (BBC UK). Tim’s live show Carry a Big Stick was a huge hit at the 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
MARC GRACIE – has been working in the entertainment industry for over 15 years, in that time he has created more than 100 hours of film and television. Marc’s credits include You and Your Stupid Mate, Take-Away, The Tumbler, box office hit The Craic and TV series Full Frontal and The Adventures of Lano & Woodley.
JENNIE HUGHES – is currently the Executive Director of Open Channel.Jennie Executive Produced Award-winning films Gettin’ Square starring David Wenham and Sam Worthington, Dirty Deeds starring Toni Collette, Bryan Brown, Sam Worthington, and financed Mick Molloy’s Box Office hit Crackerjack and The Nugget starring Eric Bana.

Date: Monday 8th October 2012
Where: Eastbank Centre, 70 Welsford Street Shepparton
6:45pm to 9:00pm (including networking session post the pitching event) Light Refreshments will be served.
RSVP: by 5th October, email info@openchannel.org.au or phone 03 86109300

MEDIA Enquiries: Linda Airey (LA Publicity)

la.publicity@bigpond.com

Ph. 02 6687 5858

Screenwriting Introduction with Neighbour’s Story Editor Ben Michael

SI1201:Tuesdays October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20 (6.15 – 9.15pm)

Get inspired, share your ideas and work with a professional screenwriter. Learn to craft your ideas into a strong narrative with this practical writing workshop.

In seven weeks, you’ll learn how to: develop your story into a compelling narrative with vivid characters, dynamic action and interactive locations; write believable dialogue; construct story form and structure; and format and draft your script to industry standards. Exercises in concept development, structuring a narrative and writing dialogue will inspire you to write, write, write!

Ben Michael is a writer, lecturer and musician. He has plotted, written and edited over two thousand hours of commercial television. He has script edited award wining short films. He currently has a series in development with Snowtown producers Warp. His first feature, as Story Consultant and Script Editor, Lad, is being shot in April 2013. Ben has worked as a Story Consultant on the Cat Stevens musical Moonshadow. He’s currently doing his Masters and is a PHD candidate, specialising in story that comes from theme and character. He lectures at RMIT and Holmesglen and is a part of Melbourne’s thriving underground music scene, playing in The sand Pebbles and The Golden Breed.

More info

For enquiries email enrolments@openchannel.org.au or call 86109300

Digital Filmmaking Introduction with Nick Moore

DFI1205: Friday to Sunday October 5 (6.15pm – 9.15pm) 6, 7 (10.00am – 5.30pm)

Our highly popular weekend course introduces beginner filmmakers to the complete process of digital filmmaking.
This intensive, practical workshop takes you through the basics of shooting a short drama script, and allows you to perform every role (including acting) on set.

A look behind the scenes of Digital Filmmaking Introduction
at Open Channel.

You will learn:

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