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)
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.
ATOM – BUFTA 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.
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.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 86109300
MEDIA Enquiries: Linda Airey (LA Publicity)
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.
For enquiries email email@example.com 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:
- Phases of production
- Crew roles and responsibilities
- Interpreting and preparing a script for shooting
- Camera, lighting and sound fundamentals
- Directing actors and crew
Final Cut Pro (editing) basics
For enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org
Documentary Scriptwriting with Diane Perelsztein, Director of the film Kathleen Ferrier (pictured)
WYD1202: Tuesdays October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20 (6.15 – 9.15pm)
Develop your ideas for a compelling documentary project with a thorough exploration of the craft of documentary scriptwriting. From research to interviews, treatments to scripts, the course explores the challenges of writing compelling stories for the documentary genre. Practical group sessions in developing concepts and constructive feedback on written treatments will push you towards a strong, well thought-out project.
Diane Perelsztein who recently released a film on the life of Kathleen Ferrier, is an award-winning, international documentary filmmaker. During the past 25 years, She has worked extensively in documentary cinema in Australia and in her native Belgium (which she left in 1996). Diane has written, directed and produced a number of feature-length documentary films – here in Australia (with the FFC, Film Victoria and SBS Independent), and in Europe with the support of some of the leading European broadcasters (Canal+, ZDF, Arte and France 3). Her films have been broadcast in many countries around the globe. She has worked with a wide range of film and television production techniques/delivery platforms, including video-web. Her films have been produced in a variety of styles, from ‘cinéma vérité’ to highly researched and fully scripted feature-length documentaries.
Between 1982 and 1996, Diane worked with RTBF and VRT (formerly BRTN), the Belgian, French and Flemish public TV networks, where she programmed, produced and directed over 100 short-length documentaries. Diane is a graduate of the Institut des Arts de Diffusion, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la Neuve, Belgium (1981), where she majored in Film, Television and Radio.
For enquiries email email@example.com
D.I.Y. Stop-Motion Animation with Jacquie Trowell
STOPMOTION1201 Monday to Friday 10am – 5:30pm, commencing Monday 15th October and completing Friday 9th November
D.I.Y. Stop Motion course is a four week course that trains participants in the basic skills of creating Stop Motion animations using accessible production tools, under the supervised of award winning animator Jacquie Trowell.
Learn how to set up your own stop motion rig that uses common media devices and off the shelf materials. You can purchase materials through Open Channel, or provide your own. You will also need to bring a laptop and either a webcam (not built in to the laptop and preferably with manual focus), camcorder, iPhone or iPad.
* Learn the art of stop motion, how it works, the different techniques and logistics.
* Storyboard a short animation.
* Build puppet and/or elements for your short animation.
* Conduct testing phase, then shoot a short animation.
* Edit your film, add titles and sound and take home a finished film for your showreel.
Director and award-winning stop motion animator Jacquie Trowell has won acclaim for her innovative and experimental approach to animation for advertising, new media, short film and children’s education. She began her career in South Africa and pioneered the use of distinctly African imagery in her stop-frame work. She has written, directed and animated material for global advertising agencies, education giants Sesame Workshop and Unicef, and was nominated for a Golden Bear in Berlin for her short film, Beyond Freedom. She has over 100 productions to her credit and 20 years of industry experience. Jacquie co-founded award winning stop motion companies XYZOO Animation in 1992 and Triggerfish Animation in 1996. She now works as an independent director of animation in Melbourne, Australia. www.jacquietrowell.com.au
For enquiries email firstname.lastname@example.org
POETRY IN FILM FESTIVAL 2012 – CALL TO ENTRY FOR FILMMAKERS
The Poetry in Film Festival (PIFF) brings poetry to life through film. Working in collaboration with Palace Cinemas, PIFF aims to raise awareness and appreciation of poetry in popular culture while showcasing the talents of up-and-coming Australian independent filmmakers.
Filmmakers have until Friday, 19th October 2012 to interpret a chosen poem into a four to seven minute short film. PIFF 2012 will tour nationally with screenings in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
This year, PIFF held a national competition for writers to create a poem on the theme “The Future Imagined”. Out of nearly 150 entries, the winning poem is “From Freo” by Kevin Gillam.
The PIFF Screening and Awards Night will be held at the Palace Cinema Como in Melbourne. A panel of well-respected judges from the film and poetry community will judge the films. Awards will be given in the following categories:
• Best Direction
• Best Cinematography
• Best Interpretation of the poem
• Best Performance
• Audience Choice (judged on the PIFF showcase and award night)
PIFF is currently accepting entries into the festival through its website. Entries close on Friday, 19th October 2012.
The best films will be shown at the Screening and Awards Night on the 18th of November at the Palace Cinema Como, Melbourne.
Sydney – 21st November, Palace Chauvel
Brisbane – 28th October, Palace Barracks
PIFF 2012 WINNING POEM
By Kevin Gillam
it’s the jaundiced streetlight. it’s the
black-lined lung of harbor. it’s
the hum of unthinking. it’s the bill-
boards screaming. it’s Friday bleeding.
it’s the unsilence. it’s a fresh
tongue of tar. it’s the whiff of poss-
ibility. it’s tail lights in
soft focus. it’s a bottle-top
sky. it’s the unsilence. it’s un-
seens and schemings. it’s the strip
and neon hit. it’s the smeared mirror’s
lie. it’s the unsilence. it’s the
lips of driveway. it’s the first
sip of stopping. it’s the silence
48 HOUR FILM PROJECT MELBOURNE
KICK OFF AND DROP OFF DATES ANNOUNCED
48HFP MELBOURNE is back for its fifth year running!
The world’s biggest international short film competition returns to Melbourne to challenge and inspire Victoria’s filmmaking community. Participants will be battling it out over 48 hours to take home the award for Best Film. With top prize being a ticket and a trip to this year’s Filmapalooza in Los Angeles, 48HFP Melbourne is expecting some stiff competition.
Over one hectic weekend, filmmakers will shoot, edit and score their film. Sounds too easy? We thought so too; 48HFP will give each team a prop, character and line of dialogue to fit in with their randomly selected genre. The competition will be kicking off on Friday 19 October at 7:00 pm in The BMW Edge (Federation Square) and drop off will be 48 hours later, Sunday 21 October at 7:00 pm in The BMW Edge.
Every year 48 Hour Film Project Melbourne has brought the local filmmaking community together in a creative forum where innovation and artistry collide. 48HFP is committed to developing the artistic talents of the community by offering filmmakers a chance for networking and international exposure. Call for entries will coincide with the launch of our new website on Monday 13 August.
New converts to the time based film project are the boys from Melbourne based OHMY! Creative. This July, Matt Cleaves and Ben McNamara submitted their environmentally inspired film Electric Dreams. OHMY! Creative was drawn to the project because of “the opportunity to challenge [themselves] with a deadline and see where [their] benchmark [was]. The opportunity to justify spending a full weekend on a project and not allowing it to drag out was interesting to us. Also….just to see if we could do it.”
OHMY! Creative have just won Best Film at the 2012 48 Eco-Film Challenge. Matt and Ben tackled the theme of “Greening Your Ride,” presenting the nearly eight minute film Electric Dreams. Electric Dreams is a poignant film acting as a timely reminder of the need to “Green Your Ride,” the main theme of 48 Eco. Once you become immersed in Eric’s post-apocalyptic world and his sentimentality, the immediacy of a world without oil hits closer to home. 48HFP Melbourne hopes to welcome OHMY! Creative to this year’s project.
Make sure to visit the Facebook page for more info!
EARTH VISION 20+1 Global Environmental Film Festival
EARTH VISION Global Environmental Film Festival has been held annually in Japan since 1992 to understand our environment better through moving images. Each year, awarded films from all over the world are screened during the festival.
Any theme related to global environmental issues is acceptable.
Entry films must have been created for people of all generations,
particularly children and youth. Entrants from any country in any region are accepted. There is no limits on the year of film completion.
Deadline of the Entry Film: September 30 Sun. 2012
How To Apply
Submit the DVD along with an entry form (You can download it from our website and fill the form out) in a CD and its printouts, two copies of the script with complete dialogue and narration of the film (in English or Japanese) and still pictures of at least two different scenes from the entry film. (Please read regulations for detailed information about entry)
Entries are now open for the 2013 Shorts Film Festival
Shorts Film Festival offers independent Australian filmmakers the chance to compete for one of the best prize pools for short films in Australia, including the Gold Shorts first prize of a trip to a prestigious international film festival such as Cannes or Sundance, and the Black Shorts award (to the value of $10000) for the Best Indigenous Short Film.
The 2013 Shorts Film Festival will be held in Adelaide from 27 April to 4 May 2013.
Regular Entry Deadline: $45 until 30 November 2012
Late Entry Deadline: $50 until 14 December 2012
Extended Entry Deadline: $60 until 4 January 2013
Three One Six Oh! outdoor film festival
It’s official. Three One Six Oh! outdoor film festival returns December 1st 2012. It’s gearing up to be one hell of a day, but in order for it to be as good as last time, we’re probably going to need some films. That’s where you come in. We’re calling for entries right now, so if you’re keen to have your work on the big screen, click here immediately! We’re not too fussy about what it is (last year the content ranged from Mongolian couch-surfers to hot zombies), so long as it runs within 15 minutes.
Entries are now open for the 12th Bondi Short Film Festival
SPRING INTO SPRING AND GET YOUR FILM IN!
The sweet smell of spring is just around the corner and this can only mean one thing. The 2012 Bondi Short Film Festival has launched its call to all Australian filmmakers to enter their short films and be a part of our 12th anniversary year.
If you are a filmmakers or who have friends who are filmmakers, please visit the new Bondi Short Film Festival website to download entry forms and details. The only limitations on the filmmakers creativity is that the film must be no longer than 15 minutes and no more than 18 months old.
The festival prides itself on being one of the only film festivals in the world that does not charge an entry fee as we understand the costs that go into creating a film.
From stunning animations to powerful dramas, cutting edge documentaries and quirky comedies, it is little wonder that the Bondi Short Film Festival has reached cult status amongst indie filmmakers.
We have some incrediblye prizes up for grabs to the winner of the overall Best Film. They include a return flight to North America courtesy of Showtime Movie Channels, Spectrum Films’ editing package valued at $3,000, WeWood eco-friendly watches and all wooden “Proof” Sunglass package valued at over $500 along with more prizes to be announced.
The Festival has firmly established itself on the calendar of local up-and coming-filmmakers. Added to great prizes, we provide filmmakers with the opportunity to showcase their film to a sell-out crowd – including a judging panel of heavy hitters from the Australian film industry like. Previous judges have included Bruce Beresford, Margaret Pomeranz, Sam Worthington and Brendan Cowell to name a few.
We look forward to seeing you at the festival on November 24th at the Bondi Pavilion. Make sure you grab yourself a ticket when they go on sale September 6th.
For the filmmaker
Entry and Details: For entry forms Click Here
Restriction: Films must be made by an Australian director or producer. Films must be less than 18 months old and not longer than 15 minutes. A director can entry multiple films.
Entries open: NOW! A DVD COPY + ENTRY FORM needs to posted to: “Bondi Short Film Festival” – PO Box 1162 Darlinghurst 1300 Sydney Australia
Entries close: October 8th 5pm
For the Audience
Date: Saturday November 24th / Location: Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach / Tickets on sale: Thursday September 6th 9am More
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Halo Media are a production company specialising in corporate videos looking for a content producer/representative to support their Production Company. Catering to both Australian and International clients, Halo Media produce a range of multimedia content from training videos, advertisements and web video.
The right candidate will:
be experienced in video and post-production,
have excellent communication skills,
be able to confidently represent the company
Filmmaker Seeking Work Experience Opportunities
Young West Melbourne-based filmmaker would like to discuss potental projects with other interested people to expand showreel.
I have plenty of my own gear (sound,camera,lighting) and time available.
If interested, please call Brad at 0428287703 or email email@example.com
Film Maker seeking production crew
Myles Hallin is a 26 year old Free Lance writer/musician from Australia. On the 10 of September he is moving to Phnom Penh to attempt to open an alternative music venue. The venue will focus on Khmer contemporary music, blues, punk and other genres that have begun to spark interest in modern day Phnom Penh, as well as aiming to encourage other visual art forms. He plans to document the entire process, with the hopes of developing a documentary that can be aired in various countries upon completion. He is in correspondence with the ABC and SBS in Australia and have approached the BBC in the UK. The project will be self-funded and hopefully will portray the interesting and diverse culture that exists in contemporary Phnom Penh. His goal in moving over is to help, where possible, to encourage the contemporary arts that are flourishing in Cambodia.
If interested please contact Myles at firstname.lastname@example.org
FNI(A) WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN 2011.
FNI(A) Film Networking Industry (Australia) wishes you a Very safe, and Happy Year in 2012.
NORA PRESTON – Filmmaker since 2001
FNI(A) – FILM NETWORKING INDUSTRY ( AUSTRALIA ) INC. – Founded in 2005.
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