Welcome to Screenworks November e news, with the end of the year only weeks away, make sure you diarise the great events and activities that Screenworks has lined up for you. Keep Dec 2nd free for our 10 year anniversary celebrations, you also have the opportunity to get in on the last Development Clinic for 2010 and the Screenwriters Group will be meeting again this month. We learnt a lot at SPAA Fringe, plus have some amazing things happening as a result of the Digital Screen Forum, read on and see what is going on....
All the best
Lisa and Jill
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SCREENWORKS 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY & CHRISTMAS PARTY
Thur Dec 2 6pm
Keep this date free, details to follow
SCREEN WRITERS GROUP
SCREENWORKS DEVELOPMENT CLINIC
Deacon St Bangalow
THURS 18TH NOV
6pm - 9pm
At the next Screenwriters Group meeting Paul Davies as guest speaker will discuss script structure looking at character development and dialogue as the building blocks.
The Screenwriters Group is an opportunity for emerging and professional screen writers in the Northern Rivers region to meet with other Screen Writers, make connections, support one another and participate in professional development.
For more information click here
Cost: $15 / $10 Screenworks members includes tea, coffee and biscuits
To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 6687 1599
Deacon St Bangalow
TUES 30TH NOV
The final Development Clinic for this year will be conducted by Anne Chesher on November 30th and there are limited spaces available.
Development Clinics are an opportunity for emerging or professional producers, writers or directors to book a professional consultation to help them develop their concept for funding and entry into film and television markets.
Appointments are confidential, conducted on a one-on-one basis and of one-hour duration.
Anne Chesher is a highly regarded industry professional and educator.
Spaces are limited so bookings are essential. Please email email@example.com or phone 6687 1599
Cost $60 / $50 Screenworks members
SCREENWORKS DIGITAL SCREEN FORUM
Screenworks Digital Screen Forum on Saturday 30th October left us all buzzing with the potential for future projects, skills development and the broadening of our network reach in the Northern Rivers.
Also on the agenda is getting more information from people who registered interest at the event in further mentoring of their own projects.
Screenworks is working with state and industry funding bodies to build the Digital Screen Industry in the Northern Rivers. If you are involved in or want to be a part of the Digital Industry in the Northern Rivers, get your details to us by filling in this survey and let us know what you are doing click here for survey
Pictured: John Passfield, Brett Feeney, Lisa O'Meara, Jill Moonie,
Tania Chambers, Justine Brow, Shainiel Deo at the Digital Screen Forum
SPAA FRINGE WRAP
Informative and inspirational
Jill and I were fortunate to attend SPAA Fringe last month. We went along to cheer on our Life’s A Pitch winner Felicity Blake as she went up against the other state contestants in the SDA Pitch Competition, and to see what is happening in independent film making in Australia and around the world.
There was stiff competition in the pitching and Felicity got some great feedback from the judges... However, the winners on the day were Roy Weiland from Metro Screen in NSW with a kids transmedia project called Barton the Ghost Catcher and Sandra Duncanson and Cameron Thompson from Open Channel in Victoria with an animated comedy called Capital High.
We both found SPAA Fringe to be really inspiring with a great emphasis on the broader opportunities that exist for film makers as a result of access to resources and people through the internet. click here to read more
Screenworks Members News
FULL STORY PRODUCTIONS LOOKING FOR CREW ON WINGS
Director Ly De Angeles, Executive Producer Alex Tinley
Wings is a black comedy that alludes to myths and uncertainities around life and death and what it takes to feel okay about ourselves, no matter what happens, no matter what our afflictions or perceived dysfunctions.
This short film is currently in pre production, filming commences Nov 29th
Ly De Angeles and Alex Tinley have lined up a strong crew and are still looking for
Work is on a deferred payment basis with this short being a sizzler that is going into Screen Australia to get funding in February.
If you are interested in working on this project contact Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org
The pitch for this project is at www.lydeangeles/PDF/wingspitch.pdf .
RETURN TO GAZA
SCREENWORKS MEMBER MICHAEL WEATHERHEAD SCREENS HIS DOCUMENTARY
Byron Bay Community Centre
MON 29TH NOV
Director, Michael Weatherhead will be answering questions from the audience and encouraging discussion following the screening of his challenging documentary Return To Gaza on the 29 November at the Byron Community Centre.
“Although it was shot in the Middle East, it has been a real local production. While in concept it was a finalist in Screenwork’s competition, Life’s a Pitch (2007). Mark Sbarrato, who edited it I met through Film Artists Co-operative. Andy Bambach, who has played a key role in post-production, was originally recommended by Screenworks some years ago, and it is being promoted by Electric Forest Productions. All locals!” says Michael.
Return To Gaza been nominated for six awards and won two in the USA, an Indie Award of Excellence and an Accolade.
It is being screened as a part of International Day of Solidarity for the Palestinian People to raise funds for Olive Kids olivekids.org.au which supports Palestinian orphans.
Tickets available 6685 6807 or www.byroncentre.com.au or at the door
For more information on the film visit www.returntogaza.com
TWO WEEKS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
WED 10TH NOV
Byron Bay Community Centre
An introspective documentary, Two Weeks follows Abegg as he ventures deep into the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness alone, to gain clarity during a period of growing confusion and unhappiness.
After a sellout first screening, local filmmaker Johnny Abegg (On Credit) is back with his Two Weeks film experience, accompanied by the "Dirty Sweet, Heartfelt Folk" of Soloist Musician M. Jack Bee, who will launch his live EP "In Loops" on the night.
This final screening will held be on Wednesday November 10, at the Byron Community Centre (7:30pm). Tickets are $13 pre-sale/$15 on door (kids under 12 free). A film and music event not to be missed.
Here is a visual taste of what to expect: http://www.vimeo.com/14983988
CANE TOADS: THE CONQUEST 3D OPENS BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Congratulations to local film maker Mark Lewis on his film opening the Brisbane International Film Festival
"A wonderful film full of fiendish and subversive humour." Werner Herzog
Pictured: Mark Lewis at the Brisbane International Film Festival opening night. Photo courtesy of BIFF
SCREEN AUSTRALIA CELEBRATES RESULTS OF PRODUCER OFFSET
Screen Australia today released its annual Drama Report revealing that total expenditure in Australia by feature films and television drama productions in 2009/10 was $731 million, up 2 per cent since 2008/09.
“The Australian screen industry is in a solid position thanks to the introduction of the Producer Offset,” said Ruth Harley, Screen Australia Chief Executive Officer.
For more details visit Screen Australia website
TWEED RIVER REGIONAL MUSEUM SEEKING ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE FROM THE REGION
TRRM Vintage Film Night
The Friends of the Tweed River Regional Museum are presenting a night of Vintage Film on Thursday May 12, 2011 at the Regent Theatre Murwillumbah. This will be our second presentation after a successful night this year. We are hoping to source film footage locally, particularly of the Tweed Valley in the early to mid 1900's. If anyone can help please contact Liz Bretherton 6672 5660 or email email@example.com.
The nominees for the 2010 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards were announced on Wednesday 27 October 2010, at a special event held at the Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay. For a full list of nominees check out their website
SCREEN AUSTRALIA NEWS
Screen Australia has released revised guidelines for the International Co-production Program.
The new guidelines are significantly more flexible and provide more opportunities for Australian producers (within the terms of our treaties) to become involved in international co-productions. Browse the new guidelines on line
Industry Events & Professional Development
AN INTRODUCTION TO VFX & ANIMATION
Motion Circus Studio, Byron Bay
SAT 20TH NOV
Local visual effects house, Motion Circus, have come up with a short course , designed to give a taste of the content of their longer VFX and animation courses.
The three hour, Visual Effects Byte covers most aspects of their six day Introduction to Visual Effects course but from a spectator, as opposed to hands-on, perspective. Attendees will ride shotgun with Motion Circus' effects artists during the creation of a shot.
The cost is $60 including GST and two courses will run on Saturday November 20th, in Motion Circus new studio in Byron Bay, one in the morning and another in the afternoon.
Tea and biscuits / smoke and mirrors provided.
For more details visit 3DVFXWorkshop.com
to book, call Nigel on 02 6680 7777
MULLUM FLICKS PRESENTS
SAT 20TH NOV & SUN 21ST NOV
7pm Dinner, 8pm Film
Drill Hall Theatre
Please check out www.mullumflicks.com for details
SCREEN QUEENSLAND BIFF EVENT
SAT 13TH NOV
The Writers Showcase
11am - 1pm
3D The New Frontier
2pm - 4pm
For more details click on the image below
Funding & Employment
SCREEN NSW PRODUCTION INVESTMENT APPLICATIONS
The Screen NSW Board will be considering production finance applications at its Board meeting on Thursday March 17, 2011.
In order to guarantee a place at this meeting, Producers will need to submit full application materials by Friday January 28, 2011.
If you are planning to apply for either meeting, please contact Nerida Moore, on (02) 8222 4852, and forward a completed Finance Plan as soon as possible before the application date.
For more information visit the Screen NSW website
GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL HAS A GREAT PROGRAM OF EVENTS
Also check out the line up of free sessions & workshops
Thursday Nov 11:Anime
Friday Nov 12: Distribution
Saturday Nov 13: Keynote session: Bringing Australian Stories to Hollywood
Sunday Nov 14: What makes a script producible?
Sunday Nov 14: Special Make-up Effects
Sunday Nov 14: In Conversation with Hollywood Horror Screenwriter Todd Farmer and Producer Kerri Hill Grisham.
For more information, visit www.gcfilmfestival.com/industry.html
BYRON ALL SHORTS 2011 ENTRIES NOW OPEN
Byron All Shorts is calling for entries for the 3rd annual 'Byron All Shorts' competition, presented with iQ Arts & Eco Centre.
The 'Byron All Shorts' competition will celebrate the film making talent in the Northern Rivers region and encourage audiences to experience the many local stories that are produced in the region each year.
This competitive local programme will screen on Saturday 22nd January 5pm 2011, alongside the Byron Flickerfest 3 day screening's of the best of the worlds short films.
Awards night is on Sunday 23rd Jan prior to the Byron Flickerfest screening. Jury Awards selected by Industry professionals & an Audience Award voted by those in attendance will be in presented to local filmmakers competing for prizes packages totalling around $5000 in value.
Entries close 5pm December 24th 2010- visit: www.iQ.org.au for info and Entry Forms
For more info please contact: 6684 5577
TROP FEST 2011
Entry to Tropfest 2011 is now open!
2011 will be the 19th year for Tropfest. Entry Guidelines (and other helpful tips) can be downloaded from the website. Don’t forget to include the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) somewhere in your film. This year it is KEY
For more details check out their website
Screenworks aims to foster, drive and promote the development of an innovative, sustainable and vibrant screen industry in the Northern Rivers. Screenworks is funded by Screen Australia, Screen NSW, the department of Industry and Investment and members.
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