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Easter Egg hunt.

I have been busy writing a recommendation letter for a very promising filmmaker overseas, who asked me, and other filmmakers and organisations to assist him with the recommendation letters so that he could have an Arts Visa he applied for granted in the US. I wrote a very glowing report for him who has won in every FNI(A) Achievement Awards that he has entered, including the People’s Choice Award. Luck was on his side as he was granted his Arts Visa, and so he will very soon be off to the US to continue his filmmaking profession. The US will most likely want to keep him there with his talent.

I have also been busy pitching for an overseas film company. I will give out more information on that as I receive more feedback.



Metro magazine is seeking industry practitioners, teachers, academics and experienced feature writers with a proven background in film, television and media. We are always looking for new contributors and welcome unsolicited submissions or article proposals.
If you wish to contribute, please contact Tim Coronel at magazines@atom.org.au.Please include a description of the article(s) you are proposing and outline any relevant experience you may have in relation to the topic. If you are a new contributor, please also include a brief bio and a writing sample. Due to a high number of responses, there may be a delay before we are able to respond to your proposal.
Pay rates and submission guidelines are available on our website: http://www.metromagazine.com.au/writers.html.
Areas of interest
The following list of topics is by no means exhaustive, and can be adapted, changed and, hopefully, greatly extended. For a sense of the kinds of themes and topics that Metro covers, visit http://www.metromagazine.com.au/magazine/.

  • Critical and analytical essays on recent, new and upcoming Australian and New Zealand features, documentaries, animations and short films. We are interested in pieces on single films and groups of films, including the upcoming films The Great Gatsby, Cut Snake, Fell, Now Add Honey, Acid Ocean, In Bob We Trust, Uncharted Waters, Tracks, The Rabbit, Lassiter’s Reef, Fallout, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Wolf Creek 2, The Book Thief.
  • Critical and analytical essays on Australian and New Zealand television series, miniseries and telemovies, whether upcoming, already screened or currently screening, including the new Chris Lilley series, the enduring appeal of RocKwiz/Spicks and Specks, House Husbands; SBS’ new Indigenous channel NITV, Serangoon Road, etc.
  • Critical and analytical essays and reviews on recent, new and upcoming films from the Asia-Pacific region
  • Discussion and reviews of Australian and international short films
  • Coverage of local and international festivals
  • The state of Asian national cinemas
  • Interviews with and survey articles on filmmakers working in the region
  • Emerging trends in the Australian film and television industries
  • Articles on developments in the Australian and regional radio and media industries
  • Developments in new media, online narrative and interactivity

We are also seeking short articles on developing industry trends and festival/conference reports for our Scope section.

Metro is a partially refereed journal and we are therefore also interested in research articles from academics on any of the above areas. If you have a proposal, please send an abstract.

Books for review
Metro magazine has the following books for review. The standard length for book reviews is between 800 and 1500 words, but we are also interested in longer discursive reviews where appropriate. If you know of any appropriate upcoming or newly released titles that we should consider for review, please alert us.

  • Albert Moran, TV Format Mogul: Grundy’s Transnational Career
  • Stephen Gaunson, The Ned Kelly Films 1906–2003
  • Stephen Harrington, Australian TV News: New Forms, Functions and Futures
  • Simon Sigley, Transnational Film Culture in New Zealand

‘Why Do I Love Movies?’

Ask Students in New Film Competition

IPAF and ATOM announce call for entries for the inaugural MY STORY MY CONTENT SHORT FILM COMPETITION.

Students of all ages will focus on the value of creativity in the My Story My Content Short Film Competition announced today by the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation (IPAF) and Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM).
The competition is an opportunity to make a sixty-second short film celebrating creativity. The theme for 2013 is ‘Why Do I Love Movies?’ and the competition is open to students at all levels across Australia.

Films can be submitted to one of the following three categories:
Primary school/student/s
Secondary school/student/s
Tertiary student/s (or equivalent)

Entries do not have to fit into any one genre, and may be fiction or non-fiction. They may be live-action, animation, or a combination of both.
Prizes will be awarded to winners in each of the three categories. Though exact prizes have not yet been finalised, we can tell you that first-place prizes will include an iPad or choice of camera up to $1000 in value and a Crumpler bag valued at $185. Other confirmed prizes include DVD packs and hundreds of movie tickets. More exciting prizes will be announced soon, and there may also be separate audience choice awards (voted for online) with additional prizes for those winners.

Entry forms must be completed (and films and stills uploaded) through the online entry system at http://mystorymycontent.com/entry-system/ by 5pm on Monday 1 July 2013.

Entries will be judged by an expert panel of educators and film and television industry professionals. Finalists will be contacted via email and announced on Thursday 12 September. The entrants whose short films best capture the theme of this year’s contest ‘Why Do I Love Movies?’, and are considered the most engaging, imaginative and innovative in content and delivery, will be deemed the winners. The winners will be announced at the 2013 IPAF ATOM Awards (http://atomawards.org) Student Awards Evening, which will take place at 6pm on Wednesday 30 October at the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick, Vic.

To learn more about My Story My Content, please visit: http://mystorymycontent.com

Note for primary and secondary teachers:
To help you introduce your students to the issues concerning content copyright before they start to think about scripting and shooting their short film, we suggest that you take them through a number of copyright resources available for free at
http://www.nothingbeatstherealthing.info  .

Peter Tapp

Managing Editor

Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM)

Ph: +61 3 9525 5302

Fax: +61 3 9537 2325

Email: mystorymycontent@atom.org.au



Got a good story to tell? We have classroom and online courses for screenwriters with the passion and ideas for film and TV scripts. Introduction to Screenwriting and Into The Box: An Intro to Writing for Television are the perfect beginner’s course; while Script Editing for TV will help you hone the craft of writing. If you enjoy studying online, then book now for Writing for TV and Screenwriting for Film.
We have lots of new TV courses including an extended Field and Story Producing course, a weekend intensive on Producing Live TV with some of Australia’s most experienced TV Producers and Inside Investigative Journalism for those interested in getting the inside story.
Coming up just after Easter we have Radio Studio Basics and Current Affairs & Talk Radio plus Your Multiplatform & Transmedia Strategy with Jennifer Wilson (Project Factory) THE expert on all things transmedia. This is definitely one to make time for if you don’t want to get left behind!
The April School Holidays are just three weeks away, so if you know some creative kids, then browse through our courses in Filmmaking, Claymation and Digital

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Following is just a small taste of what’s coming up at AFTRS OPEN with a full list of current courses on our website 
School Holiday Courses
Visit our state-of-the-art film studios to make a film in The Real Filmmaking Workshop, learn Digital Animation, create a Claymation film or learn heaps of skills in our 3-day version of AFTRS Film Club.

(15 – 23 April).
Introduction to Screenwriting
Ready to get serious about writing that screenplay? Get all the tools you need in this two day course! You’ll be given hands-on methods for building the foundations of Character, Story and Structure used by professional screenwriters, illustrated with key moments from a wide range of films (6 – 7 Apr).

Script Editing for TV
A course for writers or producers interested in developing their skills in the processes and techniques involved in the job of script editing for television drama across a range of forms and genres (30 Apr – 11 May).

Explore Your Galaxy: Writing for Sc-Fi
This intensive, hands on workshop will explore the art of creating film and television stories for one of the most popular film genres in the world: Science Fiction. (18 – 19 May).

Into The Box: Intro to Writing for Television
This course will introduce emerging writers and potential script editors to the experience of working in the fast-paced and challenging environment of series television. (1 – 2 June).


Writing for TV: Online
This is an online, ten-week course that will introduce participants to the fundamentals of creating viable and original TV drama and comedy series concepts. (3 May – 9 July).

Screenwriting for Film: Online
AFI winner Anne Brooksbank will take you through the very popular online course that will give you a ‘toolbox’ for creating and industry-standard feature film script. (27 May – 7 Aug, 10 weeks).

Alice Tynan’s Film Club
From the comfort of your keyboard, join award winning film critic Alice Tynan for an exciting & engaging weekly look at film history, aesthetics and criticism with a series of feature films to expand your cinematic horizons – all online! (20 June – 8 August).


Cinema 4D: An Introduction
Designed for those with little or no experience in 3D, but who would like to learn how to become skilled in this growing area of production (23 – 24 Mar).

Intro to Photoshop for Video Graphics
If you are a TV producer/director, aspiring TV editor or someone thinking about beginning a career in graphics for video, this course is a great first step in understanding how to integrate graphic elements using the essential tool of Photoshop (13 – 14 Apr).

Avid for Producers
This highly practical course will give you the basic skills required to work in the Avid Media Composer environment. (20 April)


Your Multiplatform and Transmedia Strategy
A two-day intensive with Jennifer Wilson (Project Factory) THE in demand expert on all things Multiplatform & Transmedia in Australia and around the world. Ideal for emerging producers and creatives who want an understanding of how to engage with the audience on these alternate screens and what their profit generating potential is (6 – 7 Apr).

Music Licensing Workshop
Angela Glaister of Sound Sauce will examine and demystify how licensing works and how to work around problems that may be encountered (27 Apr).

Client Management and the Successful Corporate video
Looking for corporate clients to supplement your film and TV career? Working with corporate clients can be full of hurdles, but with the right information and strategy you can leverage these relationships into a steady stream of vital income for your production company (25 May).


Studio Director: Live Band

Utilising our new state-of the-art multicam HD TV studio, this two-day course will introduce you to the skills and techniques involved in the direction of multicam coverage of a band. You will learn skills required to direct any “live” or “as live” music event (18 – 19 May).

Four Day Music Video Workshop
Get a head start on your music video career with this hands-on course. You’ll cover who’s making videos (and why), what makes the Australian scene unique, how to pitch your idea, planning, budgeting (big and shoestring) and crewing (21 – 24 May).


Radio Studio Basics
If you’re interested in working in the production side of radio, this course is a great hands-on intensive to get you quickly up-to-speed. Be taught by industry experts in a small class and learn how to use a digital radio panel and studio playout and automation systems (6 – 7 April).

Current Affairs & Talk Radio
If you’ve ever dreamed of working in talk radio this course could offer you an entry point into this exciting career. Industry experts will show you what makes a great story and how to deliver it in a compelling and creative way (6 – 7 April).

Voice Over
Learn the vocal skills and techniques required to voice over audio features, commercials, promos and narration. This two-day intensive course taught by Industry expert Gaby Brown (Triple J) features numerous practical exercises in our state-of-the-art Radio studios (13 – 14 April).

Announcing and Presentation
Through a series of lectures and practical exercises, participants will have the opportunity to refine live presentation; announcing and presentation script reading, further develop skills pertaining to selecting and preparing radio content, voice skills and increase awareness of the use of professional on air studio equipment and operation. (11 – 12 May).


Shooting HD – Canon & Nikon DSLR’s
An introductory course for new filmmakers, photography enthusiasts and existing filmmakers who would like to get their hands on these cameras. It will familiarise you with shooting HD on Canon and Nikon DSLRs plus open up the world of the moving image (23 – 24 April).

Underwater Cinematography
Hands on learning in the classroom, pool and ocean! Industry veteran Jon Shaw will show you how filming in the water is completely different to everything you know about cinematography. Learn about the unique challenges the underwater camera operator faces in terms of planning, lighting, framing, focus, colour temperature, shooting techniques, filters and composition (9 – 12 May).

Lighting Director – Live Band
Utilising our new state-of the-art multicam HD TV studio with Strand Lighting desk (running industry standard Palette software), this two-day course will introduce you to the skills and techniques involved in the Studio lighting of a multicam “live band” record of. You will learn skills relevant to any “live” or “as live” TV music event (18 – 19 May).

Modern Cinematography
This two day course, led by two time AFI Award winner Ellery Ryan (I Love You Too Van Diemen’s Land, The Rage in Placid Lake) is designed to investigate the theory and practice of visual storytelling. (25 – 26 May).


Introduction to TV Studio Skills
Interested in learning how a multicam television studio works, and what the different roles and skills required are? This hands-on course offers practical skills and insights into the multi-camera television studio (9 – 10 March).

TV Presenting Advanced Skills
This four day intensive with the hugely experienced Tracey Spicer provides practical experience, individual coaching and a broad range of practical tips and tools to help further your presenting career (27 April – 1 May).

Research Skills for TV
Over six Monday evenings you will learn through practical exercises, lectures, screenings and discussions about how to research and write a one-off or series doco, magazine segment or current affairs proposal (29 April – 3 June).

Developing and Pitching your TV Idea
Do you have an idea for a TV program, but don’t know how to get it from idea to reality? This two-day course is designed to help you develop your idea into a marketable product and give it the best chance for success at your next pitch (18 – 19 May).

Audio Director – Live Band
Utilising our new state-of-the-art multicam HD TV studio and Euphonics 40 channel audio desk, this two-day course will introduce you to the skills and techniques involved in the Audio Mixing of a multicam record of a live band. (18 May – 19 May).

Producing Live TV
Working in live television is one of the most exciting areas of the media. Whether it’s News and Current Affairs, Sport, daily “magazine”, Special Events or “Shiny Floor” grand finals, you’re working with a huge team of people who know that everything they do is going to be seen by millions of people, and that there is no “take two” (25 – 26 May).

Inside Investigative Journalism
If you are interested in the world of TV Investigative Journalism, don’t miss this series of masterclasses with some of the most experienced TV Journalists and producers in Australia. Six Wednesday evenings (29 May – 3 June).

TV Field and Story Producing
Field and Story Producing is a core skill for those working in Factual and Reality television. This course will upgrade your skills and help you to become a successful storyteller. Its focus is on the process of planning, shooting and post-producing engaging real stories for television (8 June – 11 July).


Winter School: Introduction to TV and Radio Presenting
This course combines our regular “Introduction to TV presenting” and “Announcing and Presenting” courses plus a day of our “Voice Over” course into one intensive week. (24 – 28 June).

Winter School: Short Film Screenwriting
Students will learn from working Industry professionals and plenty of inspiring guest speakers to take their stories from initial idea through treatment and draft stage, to a finished, polished script ready to be pitched on the final day. (1 – 5 July).

Winter School: Filmmaking
In this five day filmmaking intensive, students will get busy in the AFTRS state-of-the-art studio to take a Winter School Week One winning script to screen. Experienced industry filmmakers will guide students with lectures and fast paced practical exercises to conquer the major areas of Directing, Cinematography, and Post Production. (8 -12 July)

Winter School: Introduction to Radio
In this five-day intensive you’ll learn essential Radio skills from experienced radio industry professionals and gain the confidence to begin your career in radio. From roles and responsibilities and announcing and presentation, to editing and studio skills we’ve got it all covered. (8 -12 July)


AFTRS OPEN can customise workshops and training to suit the specific needs of a company or school. Our Corporate courses include Make A Film – Build A Team a one-day team building workshop for executive, senior management and project management

For full course details visit www.open.aftrs.edu.au

To find out more contact us on open@aftrs.edu.au / 1300 065 281

Open Channel

Position Vacant

Open Channel General Manager

Closing Date for Applications: Monday 15 April, 5.00pm

Open Channel is seeking an experienced arts administrator to join the team. With a central base in the Docklands screen production precinct, you will be responsible for managing the operations of the organisation as Open Channel moves into a new home and the next phase of its development.

Open Channel is Victoria’s screen resource organisation providing a range of programs and services for screen practitioners including: production support, mentorship and advice, VET accredited training, networking events, seminars and workshops, as well as equipment and space for hire.
For more information and a full position description visit http://www.openchannel.org.au or contact (03) 8610 9300 or

Applications with a covering letter responding to the selection criteria in the position description can be forwarded to: info@openchannel.org.au

ADG event!

The Australian Director’s Guild (ADG) and Screen Australia have launched the Director’s Attachment Scheme, a new industry incentive for emerging feature film directors to develop their craft. Funded by Screen Australia and managed by the ADG, the scheme will provide three director’s attachments annually, beginning with director Kriv Stenders’ new film Kill Me Three Times to be filmed in Western Australia.

While only residents of Western Australia are eligible to apply for the first attachment, future rounds of this program will be open to residents of other states depending on where the film is located. You can visit the ADG website for more information: www.adg.org.au


The George Alexander Foundation and the International Specialised Skills Institute   Inc (ISS Institute) are offering four (4) international Fellowships in the amount of $10,000*.

The aim of this Fellowship is to promote the acquisition of higher-level skills and an appreciation of international best practice in the areas highlighted below. Applications in other areas will also be considered. This Fellowship is intended to examine innovative approaches that demonstrate potential benefits for, and application in, Australia.

Applications close at 4.00pm on Monday, 8 April, 2013.

For all questions regarding Fellowship applications, please contact Paul Sumner, Fellowships Coordinator, via phone 03 9347 4583 or email fellowships@issinstitute.org.au

George Alexander (1910 – 2008) was a man of vision and generosity. His life story is a tale of achievement in the face of great odds and it exemplifies the ethos that has helped build modern Australia.
The George Alexander foundation fellowship offers many different grants and scholarships for your field of work. To learn more information and apply, visit the official http://www.georgealexander.org.au/home

Open Channel has a range of camera, sound and lighting equipment available for hire.

Highlights include;
Panasonic AG-HPX 250 Camera Kit
The Panasonic HPX250 P2HD offers professional features and high-quality images in a handheld format. Incorporating high-sensitivity 1/3 type, full-HD 2.2 megapixel 3MOS imagers to acquire native 1920 x 1080 resolution images, this camera records to Panasonic’s popular P2 format.

Sony NX 70P Camera Kit
Ideal for documentary shooting, Sony’s HXR-NX70P camcorder is compact enough to go anywhere and capture the action anytime. 1920 x 1080 Full HD 50p recording to SD card or 96GB internal memory

All camera hires include a tripod.

Open Channel members are entitled to a 20% discount on all hires.
Hire Terms and Conditions Apply. A full list of available equipment and pricing is available from
http://www.openchannel.org.au/hires_equipment.htm l

Shooting a Film? You’ve got to Shoot it on Open Channel’s new Cinealta Sony F3 Camera! Weekend Member rate only $600!*

The new PMWF3 Super 35mm Digital Cinematography Camcorder brings cinematic image quality to DoPs and filmmakers working within tight budgets, fitting seamlessly into industry-standard file-based workflows. Delivering the powerful creative tools that can capture truly cinematic content, Sony’s commitment to the evolution of 35mm enables filmmakers to achieve new levels of artistry and engagement. The PMWF3K comes supplied with three high quality Sony prime lenses (35mm, 50mm and 85mm, T2.0).


    Distinguished Hollywood costume designer and curator of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Hollywood Costume, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, will present a keynote lecture whilst in Melbourne to open the exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) on Wednesday 24 April 2013.

    The public event, to be held on opening day of the exhibition, Hollywood Costume – Inside the Wardrobe, will see Deborah present a lecture detailing the art of costume design and its role in cinematic storytelling.

    Hollywood Costume – Inside the Wardrobe will commence with a panel session from leaders in costume design. Character, Collaboration and the Art of Dressing for the Screen will feature leading Australian film and television costumers Margot Wilson (Lantana, The Proposition, Bran Nue Dae), Edie Kurzer (South Solitary, Look Both Ways, Matching Jack) and Cappi Ireland (Kill Bill, Animal Kingdom, The Slap), and NIDA’s Head of Costume, Fiona Reilly.
    What is Costume Design? with Professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis will follow the panel discussion and will include a question and answer session with the special international guest.

    Five years in the making, the Hollywood Costume exhibition was conceived and curated by Deborah, appointed Senior Guest Curator at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) where the exhibition was first mounted in October 2012.

    Deborah’s costume design credits include Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Michael Jackson’s Thriller short (1983), Trading Places (1983) and Coming to America (1988), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award®. Deborah’s designs for Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as the title characters in The Blues Brothers will be on show in Hollywood Costume.
    Widely published on the subject of costume design, Deborah is the editor of Hollywood Costume, the publication to accompany the exhibition. Professor Landis, who received her Ph.D. from The Royal College of Art in London, is the Founding Director of the David C. Copley Centre for Costume Design at the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television, teaches at the American Film Institute and is a professor at the University of the Arts, London.
    The Hollywood Costume exhibition, direct from the V&A, explores the central role costume design plays in cinema storytelling, bringing together the most iconic costumes from across a century of film-making.

    Hollywood Costume illuminates the costume designer’s creative process from script to screen and reveals the collaborative dialogue that leads to the development of authentic screen characters. Using montages, film clips and sophisticated 3D projections, costumes are contextualised with their original films, while interviews with key Hollywood costume designers, directors and actors deepens the investigation.

    Exclusive to Melbourne as part of Melbourne Winter Masterpieces, Hollywood Costume will show at ACMI from Wednesday 24 April to Sunday 18 August 2013. Deborah Nadoolman Landis will appear at ACMI in Hollywood Costume – Inside the Wardrobe on Wednesday 24 April at 1.30pm. Tickets to these events are on sale now: www.acmi.net.au

    Event Details:
    Hollywood Costume – Inside the Wardrobe
    Wednesday 24 April 2013
    1.30pm to 6.00pm
    ACMI Cinema 1
    Tickets Full $15 Concession $10 ACMI Member $9
    Tickets on sale now via acmi.net.au or phone 03 8663 2583
    1.30pm – Character, Collaboration and the Art of Dressing for the Screen – Panel Discussion
    4.30pm – What is Costume Design? with Professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis – Lecture and Q&A

    Hollywood Costume – Inside the Wardrobe is proudly supported by Naomi Milgrom AO and The Embassy of the United States of America.

    New Newspoll Research Shows Six in Ten Australians Want New Australian Content Requirements

    A Newspoll survey conducted for the Australian Writers’ Guild last weekend shows that a clear majority of 6 in 10 Australians support additional Australian comedy and drama requirements for the new digital free-to-air channels, and 6 in 10 Australians would find a reduction in the levels of local children’s live action content unacceptable. Find our full media release here.

    Australia is at real risk of losing its unique cultural identity when it comes to the new free-to-air digital networks. Currently these are the only screens that have no specific quotas for Australian drama, comedy and children’s programming. Senator Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, is rushing legislation into Parliament within the next 8 days, claiming he has broad public support and no reason to delay.

    A Newspoll survey conducted last weekend shows that a clear majority of 6 in 10 Australians support additional Australian comedy, drama and children’s programming requirements for the new digital free-to-air channels. In being granted one of a very limited number of broadcast licenses, the commercial networks owe it to the Australian public to invest in new Australian stories. Unfortunately, while Recommendation 18 of Labor’s own Convergence Review insisted on a 50% increase in these quotas, Cabinet on Tuesday 12 March approved proposed legislation that creates no such requirement. The Labor party is out of touch with the Australian public on this issue, and our desire for investment in Australian stories is being lost amongst the loud voices of the media multinationals fighting over ownership issues.

    Having been handed savings of approximately $142 million per year in a permanent 50% reduction of their license fees, the commercial networks have not been presented with a requirement that any of those savings be reinvested in Australian stories. Conroy’s claims that his reforms will ensure that the commercial networks invest in and show Australian content are completely undermined by the fact that his definition of “content” means that reruns, sport, news and reality shows will count towards a general Australian content requirement – new Australian drama, comedy, children’s television and documentaries, which are much more expensive to produce than purchasing pre-made American or other overseas stories, will not be made without a requirement for the networks to do so.

    For further information on the ‘Australian Screens. Australian Stories.’ campaign, go to the Facebook page and the petition page at www.communityrun.org/p/australianstories

    Screen Australia: Short Film Completion Fund Extended

    Screen Australia has announced an EXTRA ROUND in the Short Film Completion Fund that requires producers to recalibrate and focus on another date, 29th April 2013. And it announces the results of a current round one film.

    Click Here to Read this Article http://www.screenhub.com.au/news/shownewsarticle.php?email=true&newsID=46660

    AWG Victoria Members Event

    Murder Mystery Night

    If you want to know who really did it; it was the writer…
    Australian murder mysteries are suddenly drawing large television audiences, but who are the screenwriters behind the homegrown sleuths?
    AWG Committee member Chris Corbett (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) hosts a civilised chat about the art of murder with Stuart Page (The Doctor Blake Mysteries) and Kelly Lefever (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Mr & Mrs Murder).

    When: Wednesday 3 April, 7pm to 8.30pm
    Where: Rehearsal Space at the Wheeler Centre
    Cost: AWG Members $5, guests $10

    Please book early via http://awg.com.au/index.php?option=com_events&id=165&Itemid=123 as numbers are limited.

    Remember to login to receive the member discount!


    ABC TV and Screen Australia today announced the launch of Opening Shot 3, a $400,000 initiative designed for young documentary makers, aged 35 and under, to create five programs to be shown in prime time on ABC2 in 2014. The selected projects for Opening Shot 2, that will be broadcast later this year on ABC2, have also been announced.

    Dr Ruth Harley, Screen Australia’s Chief Executive, made the announcement at the Australian International Documentary Conference in Adelaide, “Opening Shot has proved young filmmakers have something important to say and the slate of projects announced today for the second series drives that message home. “We’re also thrilled to once again partner with the ABC to offer Opening Shot 3, enabling the next generation of documentarians to speak to a prime-time audience,” said Dr Harley.

    ABC2 Controller, Stuart Menzies said “The Opening Shot initiative is simply a great and all-too-rare opportunity for today’s young filmmakers. For our second season we were impressed by the tough subjects the filmmakers want to tackle. They demonstrate a craving to understand our attitudes about a range of big-ticket issues: parenting; self-image; sexual abuse and death. I’m confident these new voices will deliver a season of films that are adventurous and surprising. It’s exactly what Opening Shot, and ABC2 is all about. I’m also delighted that we can announce that we’re investing in another series to find more new voices for Opening Shot 3.”

    ABC TV Head of Factual, Phil Craig said “It’s great to be able to develop a new generation of filmmaking talent, who are all keen to create lively and thought-provoking prime time programs. We’re thrilled that we have chance to extend this opportunity again to find more young filmmakers keen to develop their skills and bring their stories to the national audience.”

    Young filmmakers interested in participating in Opening Shot 3 should head to www.screenaustralia.gov.au/openingshot

    and/ or http://openingshot.abc.net.au/about 

    The deadline for applications is: 12th April, 2013.

    The Sunshine Short Film Festival is back – bigger and better than ever!

    This is a call out to people of all ages and experience in film making. Get together with friends, family or go out on your own and make a 5 minute film around the theme of “Sunshine Rising”. (whatever that means to you)

    Prizes of up to $5000 are available with special categories for primary and secondary school entries. There will also be a People’s Choice Award for the public’s favourite film.

    Red Carpet screening on the 11th of September at Village Cinemas Sunshine.

    For more information, visit our website www.sunshinefilmfestival.com .

    The 12th annual Audi Festival of German Films!

    The 12th annual Audi Festival of German Films will be taking place in Melbourne from 1 May to 15 May at Palace Cinema Como and Kino Cinemas.
    The annual Audi Festival of German Films is a creative, cultural and transformative journey into the heart of German filmmaking. An impressive array of new film productions will be screened in intimate festival surroundings across Australia.

    The Goethe-Institut proudly welcomes Byron Bay and Newcastle as festival venues, alongside Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, and Perth.

    Connect with the best of German film, with the stars and celebrities on the red carpet. We invite you not only to watch, but to be inspired, to engage, to debate, to explore and to enjoy.

    vist http://www.goethe.de/ins/au/lp/ver/vsy/en10234394v.htm  for more details!

    Shorts Film Festival finalists!

    After a long judging process in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide the Shorts Film Festival are pleased to announce the top 20 films to be screened at this years festival. Drum roll please…

    Sleight of Hand, Cedric and Hope, Emily, Shadow Valley, Boxer, Dave’s Dead, Suburban Samurai, Spine, A Place Like This, Fearless, The Interviewer, Crosshairs, Princess, Great Day, Human Meat Factory, Bat Eyes, Boot, The Lala Road, The Mistake, The Land Between and Caravans for Refugees.

    Congratulations to all those who were nominated, we look forward to seeing them on the big screen at Published Arthouse in April.



    IN 2013 The Shorts Film Festival will enjoy a double celebration this year. The Festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary as well as a new home at Published Arthouse in Adelaide’s west end.
    The Festival, the idea of acclaimed film producer David Lightfoot, has grown into a respected national short film festival and has helped kick start the careers of many Australian filmmakers.
    Past Festival winners have included The Palace’s Anthony Maras, The Love Song for Iskra Prufrock’s Lucy Gaffy, Jacob’s Dena Curtis and Chicken of God’s Frank Woodley.
    To celebrate, this year’s Festival will screen the 20 finalists along with 40 judge’s picks from previous years. The judge’s picks will include past award winners as well as films that proved popular with audiences.
    Selected films will also be shown from the UK’s Rushes Soho Shorts which has partnered with the Festival since 2003. Each screening during festival will showcase 10 short films featuring a diverse range of genres including animation, comedy, horror, dramas and thrillers.
    The 2013 Shorts Film Festival will run from April 27 – May 4 and culminate with the awards night and a look back at the last decade.
    In contrast to other film festivals, the films at Shorts are shown in a ‘club-like’ social environment where audiences can also enjoy good food, have a drink and discuss the films with their friends, family and the filmmakers themselves.
    For the filmmakers, Shorts’ offers one of the largest prize pools of any film festival in Australia, worth over $50,000. The winner receives an all expenses paid trip to major Film Festival such as Cannes or Sundance, where they’re able to make valuable contacts to further their career.
    For more information, visit the Shorts Film Festival website at http://www.shortsfilmfestival.com
    WHAT: 2013 Shorts Film Festival

    WHERE: The Published Arthouse, Cannon Street, Adelaide
    WHEN: April 27 to May 4, 2013
    TICKETS: www.shortsfilmfestival.com



    MELBOURNE MAY 9 – 23 2013


    Now in its 6th year, The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF) will once again showcase an extraordinary selection of film, music and art from around the world. For a fortnight in Melbourne and three weeks across the country, HRAFF’s program will aim to inspire, challenge and inform audiences on a variety of human rights issues.
    To give you a taste of what’s in store HRAFF has revealed three highlights from the 2013 program:
    In the first of these standout titles, Walk Away Renee, filmmaker Jonathan Caouette delivers a compassionate study of mental illness. In 2003, Caouette released the acclaimed, Tarnation, a fast-paced, micro-budget montage of his relationship with his mother Renee, who had been diagnosed with acute bipolar and schizoaffective disorder. Almost a decade later, Jonathan returns with the second (and self-proclaimed last) instalment of his personal autobiography series, Walk Away Renee, which documents Caouette’s cross-country journey with his mentally ill mother. A poignant documentary that is sure to ignite debate around the representations of mental illness and the ethics of documentary filmmaking itself.
    In the thrilling documentary, Informant, director Jamie Meltzer investigates renowned radical activist Brandon Darby, who has been both venerated and vilified in equal measure. Shrouded by mystery, Darby is not who he seems to be. A Grand Jury Winner at DOC NYC, Informant, is a psychological examination of fundamentalism.
    The short but intensely powerful Eddie Adams: Saigon ’68 completes the trio of highlights. In 1968, photojournalist Eddie Adams captured one of the Vietnam War’s most arresting and iconic photos of a point-blank execution. The photo epitomised the horror of wartime brutality and was circulated around the world, yet the story behind the image is not always so straightforward. In Eddie Adams: Saigon ’68, director Douglas Sloan investigates the complicated back story surrounding this image, as well as raising pertinent questions regarding media ethics and the power of photojournalism to influence human rights agendas.
    These titles are just a taste of what’s to come from HRAFF’s 2013 program. The full program launches at the beginning of April and all tickets will go on sale through ACMI and the HRAFF website.


    MELBOURNE: 9 – 23 May 2013

    SYDNEY: 28 – 30 May 2013

    ALICE SPRINGS: 31 May – 2 June 2013

    CANBERRA: 3 – 5 June 2013

    BRISBANE: 4 – 6 June 2013

    PERTH: 4 – 6 June 2013

    For more information visit: www.hraff.org.au


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