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Welcome to Screenworks May e news.  This month we host a 3D Camera demonstration from Lemac, and share lots of exciting news news from members who are busy film making and exhibiting.  The Sydney Travelling Film Festival comes to Byron this month and we have a double pass give away for opening night.  We look forward to seeing you at one of the many Screenworks or industry events in our region.
All the best
Lisa and Jill

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Screenworks Events

Byron Bay Community Centre
SCU Room
Thursday May 26th
3.30pm - 5.30pm

In this 2 hour workshop, Lemac will demonstrate the Panasonic AG-3DA1 Camcorder showing how to work the camera, screening examples of footage and talking about the technical aspects of 3D Film making.  Lemac will provide information on the 3D Pace rig more

Tickets $20 / $10 Screenworks members
Book to ensure you get in.  Email or phone 02 6687 1599


Screenworks News


The audience in Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas on April 25th was treated to an extraordinary Australian film, followed an incisive interview by the writer/director Brendan Fletcher interviewed by Kerry O'Brien and then an outstanding musical performance by Alex Lloyd and the Pigram Brothers.

An impressive and important Australian Film Mad Bastards will be screening at the Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas from May 5th. Please support the ongoing production and exhibition of quality Australian films by going along and seeing them at your local cinema

Screenworks would like to thank Tracey Mair for masterminding the Mad Bastards event, Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas and Rose Fox for all their support in getting the event up as well as Transmission Film Distributors and On Kew Promotions.  Thank you also to Kerry O'Brien, Brendan Fletcher, Alex Lloyd, Alan and Stephan Pigram

Pictured: Jill Moonie, Kerry O'Brien and Brendan Fletcher at the Mad Bastards Preview

Screenworks Members News

A film by Sharon Shostak

The Echo newspaper is an icon of the Byron Shire. But do you know how and why this newspaper started?

Humorously observed with exceptional archival footage, The Echo Doco - Born To Be Trouble highlights the police abuse, the zany characters, the scandals, the tragedies and the anarchic spirit of our remarkable local paper. It's also a portrait of a vibrant, unique community - 25 years ago and today. more

Filmmaker will be in attendance at screenings
World Premiere Screening
Byron Bay Community Centre
Sat 28th May 7.30pm
Sun 29th May 2pm
tickets at the door or via

Mullumbimby Civic Hall
Sat 4th June
2 screenings - 6pm and 8.30pm
tickets at the door or via Mullumbimby Bookshop or from the Echo Office

Tickets $15/$13

Portrait of a Stranger
Lismore Regional Gallery

Portrait of a Stranger is a national photography project that invites Australian's to approach a stranger and ask their permission to take their photo and upload their story to the web.  Over 450 contributions were made to Portrait of a Stranger between January and April 2011.  This exhibition was curated by ABC Open producers Catherine Marciniak and Susan Rooney - Harding.  The video was edited by ABC Open Producer Vanessa Milton.
ABC Open invites regional Australians to tell their stories through photos, sound, words and video

Winner of the Dendy Byron Cinema ticket

Screenworks member Jane Hanckel was the winner of last months Dendy Byron Cinema ticket and went to see Britain's National Theatre Production of Frankenstein.  Jane said it was "An amazing piece of theatre – very thought provoking." 

Industry News

Welcomes Arts Portfolio

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing and the Arts, George Souris expressed his delight to be appointed to the Arts portfolio

"I have had a long and active personal interest in the Arts and am excited to be given the responsibility to drive effective Arts policy for NSW..... I recognise that the Arts, in all its forms, is essential in defining and enriching our lives as individuals and as a community"

Following a festival release and national tour Byron Bay Filmmaker Johnny Abegg has released his film Two Weeks on line.  The choice to go digital for Two Weeks final release is a ‘move with the times’ according to Abegg; “Video is going digital, and DVD’s are becoming obsolete, so an online release is the best way to engage a wider audience”, Abegg says. more


The Burning Season US Digital Release!!

The Burning Season is set for a major US digital release in 2011 after a deal with New York based Film Buff was signed off this week.

The film will be available on a wide range of digital platforms including: iTunes, Amazon, Playstation, XBox, Netflix, Hulu, Snag and other related VOD and streaming outlets. more

Industry & Professional Events



From the acclaimed director of BROTHERS and AFTER THE WEDDING, Susanne Bier.

Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark, and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds, he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and forgiveness.

View the trailer or read Margaret Pomeranz's review.

Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas
20 - 22 May 2011

Opening Night Friday 20th May 7pm includes complimentary drinks with the film makers Bob Connolly and Sophie Raymond in attendence for the screening and Q& A of Mrs Carey's Concert, screening with the Oscar Winner Short The Lost Thing. The Travelling Film Festival is a selection of 9 feature films that will be screened over the weekend, for full program and ticket prices visit the website

The Sydney Travelling Film Festival has kindly donated a double pass for Screenworks to award to a lucky member.  If you would like to go in the draw to win a double pass to opening night at the Sydney Travelling Film Festival please email your name, phone number and membership number to  Entries close 4pm on Thursday 12th May.  The winner will be drawn at the Screenworks office on Thursday at 4.30 pm and notified by email and/or phone.

Video stories about The Fabric of Our Culture

Free Workshop - Saturday May 21
10.00am to 4.00pm
Richmond Room, Ballina Library, River Street, Ballina

ABC Open producer for the North Coast, Catherine Marciniak, invites you to get involved in ABC Open's project WHADAYAKNOW.  Come and learn video and storytelling skills on an inspiring project.

Three local Indigenous groups, "The Wake-Up Time Women" (Casino), the "People of the Reeds" (Cabbage Tree Island) and the "Saltwater Women" (Ballina), are creating textile art works that weave ancient techniques and stories into fabrics.  Catherine Marciniak, invites you to work with the artists to make a series of mini-docs telling the stories of the women and their art.

The finished textile arts will be exhibited at the Boomalli Aboriginal Art Gallery in Sydney during NAIDOC Week 2011.  The mini-docs will be exhibited on the ABC.

On Saturday May 21, in the first of a series of free workshops, artists and mini-doc makers will meet, plan and learn some of the video making skills needed to create the stories.

For more information or to book your place contact ABC Open North Coast on or phone on 02 66272013 Limited places.

This workshop is supported by Ballina Shire Council and Richmond-Tweed Regional Library.

Achieving Success Through Innovation

Byron Community Centre
Jonson St Byron Bay
Tuesday 31st May
11am - 2pm

Are you looking to unlock the entrepreneur inside of you?  Are you looking for that creative inspiration to help grow your business?

Declan Wise, Afends
Dave Keam, Skuff TV
Nigel Haslam, Motion Circus

This workshop features three energetic Byron Bay based young entrepreneurs who are achieving great outcomes through innovation.  Click here to register and for more information visit

Sydney Opera House
Conference 10th June

Lab 11th and 12th June

This is the beginning of the Asian century and new developments are happening thick and fast… you can’t afford to be left behind…

XML: Global Media Ideas Conference Day is one-day of intensive thought leadership featuring the insights and expertise of 16 world-class digital media authorities that you can apply to your creative project or business immediately.

The rise of China, India, S.E. Asia and Africa and the rampant change of interactive, 3D, location based and mobile services are today combining to offer new opportunities few have imagined. Get along to the X Media Lab: Global Media Ideas, the annual international summit at the Sydney Opera House, and discover what you need to know to take your digital media or creative industries business or project idea to the emerging new geographies. For more details visit their website

Funding & Employment


Screen Australia announced the introduction of a new $3–5 million All Media Fund which encourages interactive or multi-platform innovative, risk-taking storytelling. The All Media Program comprises two streams:
  • Digital Ignition, providing development support for innovative interactive projects (including games) with a strong storytelling component
  • All Media Production, providing production support for linear and non-linear (interactive) projects that push the creative envelope.
For more details visit their website


Calling all Film Makers, Animators and Media Creatives… It’s time to put yourself in the picture…

Entries are open for the 2011 ATOM awards – Australia and New Zealand's most prestigious awards for achievements in Film, Television, Animation and Educational Content.

This year, the ATOM Awards program will recognise and celebrate excellence, featuring thirty four awards across three categories - Student, Educational / Vocational and General.

Entries for the 2011 ATOM Awards will close at 5pm (AEST) on Monday 13 June, 2011.

For more information or to enter the 2011 ATOM Awards please visit
Enquiries Kerryn Nelson, Event Manager or 03 9558 3122


The 2011 ATOM Awards team is calling for judges. Judging for the ATOM Awards program is a very rewarding experience where you get to see, experience, think about and discuss the best Australian and New Zealand short films, experimental films, animation, educational resources, documentaries and various student work from the previous twelve months. Judging is also an outstanding networking opportunity.

Each year they have around thirty-five to forty judges from across education and industry – with up to twenty judges in attendance on any given day.

How the judging process works

There will be two ‘streams’ of judging for the 2011 ATOM Awards. These will be held as follows:

Mid-May to July (weeknights)
For our categories with large entries, judging will take place one night a week at Deakin University Burwood.
July holiday and weekend judging
From 4–17 July there will be judging days that go from 9am–4.30pm at Scotch College in Hawthorn. Judges may elect to volunteer for consecutive days or a number of separate days over the weeks of judging.

Each ‘judging panel’ will comprise three people with a mix of experiences and perspectives who are, as a group, assigned a category to judge for the day.

Pre-selection judging nominates the ten best entries in a category.

Finalist judging nominates the five top entries and the winner of the category. Panels will be changed each day.

ATOM’s token of thanks

All judges who complete two or more days of judging will receive one free ticket to attend the 2011 ATOM Awards Night and after party which will be held at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Friday 21 October 2011.

ATOM member judges who complete more than three days will receive one free professional development (PD) day.

To register your interest

To be part of the 2011 ATOM Awards judging team please email the following to Meaghan Nelson, 2011 ATOM Awards Judging Coordinator at by COB Friday 13 May 2011.

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,  Industry and Investment NSW and members.

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