Welcome to Screenworks Oct e news and our new newsletter format. We hope you enjoy this new format and find it clear and informative (and that you are only receiving one copy.)   We are excited about the Digital Forum on at the end of October and the results of Life's A Pitch.  Read on and find out about opportunities and events in our region.
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Lisa and Jill

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Screenworks Events

Mullumbimby Civic Centre
Sat Oct 30th 11am - 5pm

The stars from leading Australian companies creating international digital work in 3D animation, games, smart phone apps and web content are coming to Mullumbimby Civic Centre to present at the Digital Screen Forum on Saturday 30th October.  Screenworks has organised the in association with Arts Northern Rivers to address the growing demand from local digital content creators to establish a productive and profitable digital industry in the Northern Rivers. 

Guest speakers include Brett Feeney, Head of Production at George Miller's Dr D Studios, currently in production on Happy Feet 2 and Fury Road and John Passfield, Creative Director of 3 Blokes Studios and the brains behind popular Facebook games including Brainiversity, Hospital Town and Virtual Villages.  More speakers announced on our website.

The Forum will provide opportunities for participants to listen to the speakers and to sit at a round table session and discuss their own projects, ideas and career development directly with the speakers.

Early bird tickets available until Oct 15.  Screenworks Members $35 + booking fee; Non members $40 plus booking fee.  From 16th October ticket prices will be Members $40 Plus booking fee; Non members $50 + booking fee-
For more information and tickets visit click here

Screenworks Office
Deacon St Bangalow
Thurs Nov 18th 6pm - 9pm

The next Screenwriters group will be meeting to discuss script structure looking at character development and dialogue as the building blocks.

If you are writing a script or interested in writing a script, this is a great opportunity to meet other writers, learn more about the screenwriting process and get some feedback on your script more

To book please email

Screenworks News

SCREENWORKS LIFE'S A PITCHLife's A Pitch winner, runner up and Judges

Screenworks 2010 Life’s A Pitch winner is Felicity Blake with The Sound of Sunshine, a one hour documentary exploring a rare neurological condition called Synesthesia with Michael Winslow from Police Academy. Felicity heads off to SPAA Fringe in Sydney on Oct 22nd to represent the Northern Rivers region in the SDA national pitching competition.  Good luck Felicity!
Scott McGregor was the runner up with a 6 part documentary series called Money Trees, the story of trees that built nations. Scott received a one year subscription to Inside Film Magazine, a book donated by Collins Booksellers Byron and a double pass to Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas.
The People’s Choice Award went to Loretta Egan for her sit com Miles Away, a TV series about a couple of baby boomers who become Grey Nomads.  Loretta received a Foodscape Tour of the Byron hinterland and a Collins Booksellers gift voucher.
Sahaj Dumpleton won the Open Mic award with a documentary called Blood, Sweat and Cheers about Spaghetti Youth Circus on their first European Tour.  Sahaj won a copy of the 2011 Production Book and a double pass to Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas more

Screenworks Members News


Congratulations to Screenworks members and friends on their successes in the
The Australian Directors Guild Awards for 2010 which were presented on September 23 in Sydney.  The awards celebrate the creative achievement of directors in film, television and new media platforms. Altogether, there were 64 nominations in 18 categories.

Best Direction in a Feature Film
David Michôd Animal Kingdom
Best Direction in an Animation Program
Jean Camden Dirtgirlworld: Treasure
GRASS (Green awareness encouragement award)
Cate McQuillen Dirtgirlworld
Highly commended: Cathy Henkel The Burning Season


Screenworks member and the 2010 Life's a Pitch winner Felicity Blake has secured crowd funding for her Transmedia series The Periodic Table of Awesome.  The funding will be used to finance pilot shoots in New York and Brisbane. 

The Periodic Table of Awesome is a new Australian-based, internationally-focused web series. The 10x10-minute series, which is at pilot stage, uses elements of the lifestyle genre to create a new cross-platform format aimed at geeks, fans of pop-culture, and consumers of online media. Suitably-sized webisodes feature a variety of segment types, and will include material shot in Los Angeles and at New York City Comic Con in October.

 With crowd funding the producers appeal directly to fans and the program’s intended audience for production funds, in return the donors receive a selection of relevant rewards. Using a social networking campaign via Facebook and Twitter (@TPToA), The Periodic Table of Awesome attracted so many page views at the crowd funding site Indiegogo in its first 24 hours that it was featured on the site’s front page more


Screenworks member and Life's A Pitch Open Mic winner Sahaj Dumpleton recently spent 6 weeks chasing 14 teenage circus performers through Europe with Mullumbimby's Spaghetti Youth Circus on their first European tour. Spaghetti Circus was invited to star bill at this year's London Youth Circus Festival and out of that evolved a 6 week tour in England and North Germany

Sahaj's project Blood Sweat and Cheers is a one hour documentary tracking the drama of these amazing young people on and off stage as they pursue their dreams. Sahaj explained "I couldn't bear the idea of these young people embarking on this greatest of adventures without there being any record.  So at short notice I was on the plane, camera in hand and running to keep up. I am 64 and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life."

Sahaj is now looking for an experienced co-producer to help him take this positive and interesting story through post production and release.
Sahaj can be contacted on 6685 3554 or email

Industry News



The AWG are helping their members get their work noticed with an exciting new program called Pathways.
The program has been developed to provide a channel for great scripts that are discovered through our many initiatives and competitions to reach industry professionals looking for fresh new scripts to take to stage and screen.

Pathways will showcase scripts that our experienced members uncover while judging competitions and consider to have high potential for production. Our team of script assessors also have the opportunity to recommend what they consider to be outstanding scripts submitted to the AWG script assessment service. more

Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas is inviting any Screenworks members who are not currenty Club Dendy members to join Club Dendy before Oct 31st and get a 2 year membership at half price!

Adults: 2 yrs membership $12 instead of the usual $24         
(This gives you movie tickets priced at $8.50 + can bring one guest at that price)
Students: 2 yrs membership $10 instead of the usual $20     
(This gives you movie tickets priced at $8.50 + can bring one guest at that price)
Seniors: 2 yrs membership $10 instead of the usual $20       
(This gives you movie tickets priced at $6.50 + can bring one guest at $8.50 or $6.50 if also senior)
 Being a member of Club Dendy gives you access to all information on upcoming events, festivals, premieres and Q+As and invitations to exclusive member preview screenings.  Members also receive frequent patron cards as well as discounts at local businesses visit their website for more details

To take advantage of this great offer simply take your Screenworks card to Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas before Oct 31st.


Byron Bay Writers Festival and Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas present the Byron Shire Premiere of
Wednesday October 6th, 6pm Drinks, 7pm Film

Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir Eat Pray Love comes to gorgeous technicolour life with the big screen adaptation starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem.  

Tickets $25 on sale now at the cinema. Includes a glass of champagne and a theatre snack.

The Metropolitan Opera Series
Oct 2010 - June 2011

The Met Opera’s award-winning series continues for another season. The 2010/11 program features 12 breathtaking performances, including 5 new productions - screening concurrently with the New York season.
Click here for event details and to book

The National Theatre Season
Oct 2010 - July 2011

The second season of National Theatre Live (NT LIVE) is an exceptional series of plays direct from Britain's National Theatre.
Click here for event details and to book

BBC Last Night of the Proms
Sat Oct 16 and Sun Oct 17

The BBC Last Night of the Proms is one of the most famous music events in the world, listened to and watched by millions around the globe. The powerful finale of the 2010 BBC Proms season will be captured live in high-definition from the Royal Albert Hall in London. Click here for event details and to book

Industry & Professional Development


John Maynard, Head of Producing, David Court, Head of Screen Business and Catherine Millar, Acting Head of Directing at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School are coming to Byron Bay to talk to talented individuals who want to expand their knowledge, skills and contacts in the screen industry. The AFTRS Graduate Diploma Courses are in Directing, Producing & Screen Business

"We are looking for people from a variety of backgrounds - producers, directors, writers, artists, actors, media executives, arts administrators, web developers, entrepreneurs and business owners" explained Lori Flekser from AFTRS

Come and talk to John, David and Catherine and find out how these courses will benefit your career.

5pm - 6pm Monday Oct 11th
Byron Bay Community Centre
69 Jonson St
Byron Bay



Dr Karen Pearlman, Head of Screen Studies at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) is looking for people with great ideas for two new AFTRS courses run out of her department.
Graduate Certificate in Screen Culture – an opportunity for aspiring critics, commentators, dramaturges, festival directors, teachers, administrators, project officers or creative producers to encounter the key ideas that shape our screen culture and develop and articulate their own.
And a world first Graduate Certificate in Webisodes – in which we will issue each student with a camera and a laptop that they will use as a visual artist might use charcoal and a sketch pad. Development, story, performance modes, adaptation, and cinematics will be explored in classes and put into practice through creation of an online episodic series in any form...
Drop Karen a line if you'd like to know more about either AFTRS Grad Cert:
And/or respond to Facebook invitation.  

Funding & Employment


The following information has come into Screenworks from M2 Entertainment.  This may be of interest to you in raising funds for low budget feature films.  Currently they are seeking scripts to produce. You will need to do you own research and due diligence on M2 Entertainment.

M2E is a private film finance and production company committed to supporting talented film-makers bring their vision to the screen.
Through a multi-million dollar fund that the company manages, we look forward to committing our finance to supporting talented
writers, directors and producers over the coming years. If you have a screenplay that you would like to submit for financing, please visit us at:


Screen NSW's final Industry Development round for 2010 is now taking applications for Single Purpose or Project funding.
The funding is for projects in NSW that are one-off or annual events, in single or multiple venues that support NSW screen professionals (ie conferences, seminars). Projects currently supported include mentoring programs, conferences and seminars.
For full guidelines and application form visit the Screen NSW Funding Incentives webpage
Deadline for applications is 5pm, 11 October 2010.



The 17th World of Women Film Festival is now calling for entries for Fiction, Documentary, Animation, Digi-Voldules and Student films of less than 55 minutes duration with key creative input by women from Australia and around the world. Presented by WIFT NSW, Australia.

Awards and Prizes to the value of over $16,000 are being offered by sponsors for category winners.

Screening 8th - 10th March 2011 in Sydney and travelling to over 16 locations in Australia and overseas.

Extended late entry closing date: 8th October 2010
For guidelines and entry form visit

Enquiries Sil-Nyin Cameron, Festival Director or m 0402 246 601

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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