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November 12

Ausfilm Week Los Angeles

Ausfilm, together with representatives of the Australian film industry converged in Los Angeles from 24-31 October for Ausfilm Week 2012.

The week-long event comprised of a series of interactive panel sessions highlighting Australia’s production incentives schemes, post production and filmmaking talent, networking experiences, producer collaboration meetings and learning opportunities between the Australian and US film industries to encourage access to Australia’s Screen Production Incentives.

Targeted one-on-one meetings were held between leading Australian filmmakers, US studios, development executives, production companies and packaging agents took to discuss collaboration for the development of Producer Offset projects.  Seventeen Australian producers participated  in Ausfilm Week 2012, these producers were:

  • Jamie Hilton, See Pictures 
  • Michael Robertson, Prodigy Movies 
  • Steve Jaggi, Jaggi.Shute 
  • Chris Brown, Pictures in Paradise 
  • Mark Overett, New Holland Pictures 
  • Todd Fellman, Story Bridge Films 
  • Tracey Robertson & Nathan Mayfield, Hoodlum 
  • Trish Lake & Dan Lake, Freshwater Pictures 
  • Dee McLachlan, The Picture Tank 
  • Leanne Tonkes, Ministudios & Circus Productions 
  • Michael Adante, Source Collective 
  • Pete Ford, Resolution Independent 
  • Aidan O’Bryan, WBMC 
  • Alan Lindsay, Vue Group 
  • John V. Soto & Deidre Kitcher, Filmscope Entertainment 
  • Josh Wakely, Grace Films 
  • Melanie Ansley & Sam Voutas, Scopofile

Ausfilm Week Los Angeles is an annual event which provides the platform to present Australia as a world-class film destination with its diverse locations near sound stages, Oscar-winning talent & crew and attractive tax incentives available to American producers in partnership with the Australian film industry.

See below some images from Ausfilm Week 2012.

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Ausfilm at APSA

At the recent Asia Pacific Screen Awards Ausfilm held a co-production workshop in conjunction with APSA, Screen Australia and Screen Queensland.  

The interactive session provided an overview of the production landscape and key agencies involved in supporting the development of co-production partnerships between Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

The session was moderated by Ausfilm CEO Debra Richards who was joined by panel participants:

  • Chris Oliver, Senior Manager, State & Industry Partnerships, Screen Australia
  • Chris Brown, award-winning Australian producer, Pictures in Paradise
  • Meredith Garlick, Head of Production, Screen Queensland
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Adelaide Studios wins National AIA Award

Grieve Gillett and Cox Richardson (architects by association) have won the National AIA Award for Commercial Architecture for the South Australian Film Corporation’s new Adelaide Studios. The award was presented at the National AIA Awards night held at the Midland Railway Workshops in Perth earlier this month.

The award follows on from the Keith Neighbour Award for Commercial Architecture the architect’s won earlier this year at the AIA’s South Australian Architecture Awards, where Adelaide Studios also received two commendations in the ‘interior architecture’ and ‘heritage’ categories.  As Australia’s peak body for the architectural profession, the awards are the most prestigious in the design and construction industry.

Along with its Dolby Premier accreditation, achieved earlier this year, the architecture awards add to the accolades Adelaide Studios has received since it opened for business in August 2011.  A little over twelve months later Adelaide Studios boasts full occupancy with 25 local film and television businesses co-located on site and production facilities booked through to July 2013. 

Visit www.adelaidestudios.com.au for more information or contact SAFC Studio & Production Services Manager, Jo Mulcahy on +61 (8) 8394 2000 or email [email protected] to discuss making your next project at Adelaide Studios.

Image: Adelaide Studios courtesy of the South Australian Film Corporation. Photography by Peter Barnes.


Sydney Film Festival 2013: Open For Entries

Entries are now open for the 60th Sydney Film Festival, which will take place from 5 -16 June 2013. Full details of how to submit a film, including our 2013 regulations and an online submission form, are available on our website: www.sff.org.au

Entries are open to features, documentaries or short films (under 40 minutes) in all sections of the festival program including:

  • The FOXTEL Australian Documentary Prize (cash prize $5,000),
  • The Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films Live Action Award and Best Director Overall - both cash prizes of $5000 sponsored by Dendy Cinemas,
  • The Yoram Gross Animation Award (cash prize $4,000).

The Sydney Film Festival is recognised on the Academy®'s Short Film Awards Festival List so winners of the Live Action and Animation Awards become eligible for Academy Awards® consideration (see www.oscars.org for info).

Entries close 5pm Wednesday 27 February 2013.

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Nineteen feature projects to receive development support

Screen Australia has announced over $450,000 in funding to support the development of 19 feature film projects. Six new projects have been added to Screen Australia’s development slate, while 13 teams will receive continued support to further develop their projects.

The new projects to receive development support include the drama script Clive, about a privileged man in his prime whose life is transformed after a serious accident, from writer/director Natasha Pincus, producer Bridget Ikin and executive producer John Maynard.

Em is a comedic take on Jane Austen’s timeless classic, Emma, set in 1950s rural Australia in development from writer Matthew Dabner with director Kate Riedl and producers Karen Radzyner and Anna Vincent.

Lynne Vincent McCarthy will be supported to develop her psychological thriller script Lonely Girl with producer Samantha Jennings. The project was also supported through Screen Australia’s Springboard Program. Writers Sam Meikle and Serhat Caradee will be supported to develop their crime drama script My Country with producer Matthew Dabner. Serhat Caradee is also attached as a director on the project.

Ruben Guthrie is a new comedy drama script supported for development from writer/director Brendan Cowell with producer Yael Bergman and executive producers Laura Waters and Andrea Denholm. The Truth About Jack is a romantic drama story being supported for development by writer Glen Dolman and producer Adam Dolman with executive producer Tristram Miall and Luke Eve attached as director.

For more information on the projects click here
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Ten Australian animation companies head to Malaysian summit

Screen Australia, in conjunction with DFAT, has provided travel assistance for 10 Australian children’s animation companies to attend the inaugural Asian Animation Summit (AAS) in order to seek finance and co-production partnerships with the Asian region. Support is also being provided for one-on-one mentoring from international children’s animation presentation expert, Joan Lofts, so that each team may refine their pitch prior to the summit.

Instigated by ABC Television, the AAS will be held 10–11 December 2012 in Malaysia. It is being run by Canadian publishing and event-organising company, Brunico, which manages other international events such as Kidscreen and Realscreen.

Screen Australia selected the 10 Australian projects, which will be presented in sessions over the two days. They include partially financed projects seeking investment and projects in development seeking market feedback and financing interest. The AAS is an initiative of four countries: Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. Producers, broadcasters and government agencies from these four countries will be participating.

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Stage and Screen Welcomes new National Sales Manager

Louisa Piggott joined Stage and Screen Travel last month as National Sales Manager.

Louisa boasts over 8 years experience in sales, working within the hospitality and media industries in both the UK and Australia for IHG, Shangri-La and Newsquest Media.

She has been based in the UK for the last three years and is delighted to be home and heading up the national sales team.

Louisa can be contacted at [email protected] or on 0481 035 560.

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Satellite Boy makes Australian debut at PIAF

Western Australian-made family drama Satellite Boy will premiere at this year’s Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) on 10 December as part of the Lotterywest Festival Films.

Culture and Arts Minister John Day announced the feature - which was filmed in the Kimberley and made with the assistance of the State Government through ScreenWest - will have its Australian premiere in Perth.

Satellite Boy tells the story of Pete, a 10-year-old boy who lives in the outback with his grandfather in an old abandoned outdoor cinema. When his grandfather's home is threatened with demolition, Pete sets off for the city with his best friend to try and save his home.

Satellite Boy was written and directed by Catriona McKenzie (The Circuit, Redfern Now) and produced by David Jowsey (Mad Bastards).

The cast includes legendary Indigenous actor, David Gulpilil (Australia, Rabbit Proof Fence), and newcomers, Cameron Wallaby and Joseph Pedley.

Production News

Congratulations to Neil Sutherland

Neil Sutherland won the screen music award for the most performed screen composer overseas; one of his TV series compositions contributing to this was for mythbusters which is distributed by Ausfilm member Beyond International.


Lore wins four trophies in Stockholm

Cate Shortland's Australian / German co-production Lore has taken home four awards at the 23rd Stockholm Film Festival.

The Somersault director's second film, set in post-WWII Germany, won the top honour at the festival - the Bronze Horse for best film, as well as best actress for young lead Saskia Rosendahl, and trophies for cinematography and music.

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Felony now filming in Sydney

Cameras have begun rolling on Felony, the new film written by Joel Edgerton and directed by Matthew Saville, director of Noise and Cloudstreet. Filming in Sydney with key cast; Edgerton, Tom Wilkinson, Melissa George and Jai Courtney and will continue until late December.The film is produced by Goalpost Pictures’ Rosemary Blight, Edgerton for Blue-Tongue Films and Michael Benaroya for Benaroya Pictures.

The story follows three detectives who are faced with a tense struggle following a tragic accident that sees one detective put a child in hospital. One cop is guilty, one will try to cover it up while the third will attempt to expose it.

Goalpost’s Ben Grant is executive producing along with Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel from Solution Entertainment Group who are also representing the film internationally.Felony is distributed locally by Roadshow Films and CAA is handling US rights.The film has has received funding from Screen Australia.

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Gatsby release date announced

Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby is set to be released in Australia on May 30 2013. The US release is scheduled for May 10 2013.

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