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APRIL 2013


Australia-China Film Industry Forum

Australian delegation Expressions of Interest

Submissions for the 2013 Australia-China Film Industry Forum (ACFIF) are now being accepted.

The forum will be held in Shanghai on 14‐15 June, immediately prior to the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) held on 15‐23 June.

The ACFIF is intended to provide a gateway for all Australia‐China co‐productions and feature‐length film and documentary collaborations, thus welcoming producers with projects and an interest in the China market.

In 2013, as well as maintaining this broad approach, the ACFIF will in part focus on 3D, post-, digital and visual production aspects to capitalise on the growing interest and increasing demand for 3D films and digital technologies in China.

Funding support is available to a limited number of film industry delegates to attend. If you wish to access this funding, you are requested to submit an expression of interest to the Australian Embassy with a copy to Ausfilm, no later than COB Tuesday 30 April 2013.

For more information and application details please click here.


Ausfilm Partner with Australia will take place from June 5th-9th 2013 in Los Angeles.

Ausfilm Partner with Australia aims to create, build upon and develop international relationships between Australian producers with key clients in Los Angeles to encourage international production to Australia.

A series of producer collaboration sessions will provide the opportunity for Australian producers to showcase projects that might attract US executives and claim the Producer Offset for Australian production. The goal of the initiative is to present some of Australia’s most commercially viable feature and television projects to potential partners.

Producer applications have now closed and successful applicants will be notified soon.


Don't forget to get your submissions in for the Brisbane International Film Festiva (BIFF) 2013

Want to see your film on the big screen at the Brisbane International Film Festival? Here's your chance - submissions to BIFF 2013 are now open! Each year, BIFF programs more than 100 films from around the globe, hailing from established industry veterans, first-time filmmakers, and everyone in between.

Entries must be received by Friday 19 July, 2013, for all details on how to submit, submission regulations and further information, please visit: http://www.biff.com.au/about/submissions\


Western Australian Screen Awards to return

The Western Australian Film and Television Institute (FTI) have announced the return of the Awards after they were put on hold in late 2011. 

The 2013 Awards will see 34 categories, to be announced next week, and include the new additions of “Best Game” and “Best Interactive Narrative”.

The FTI will be accepting entries from Monday April 29 and confirmed productions delivered between January 1, 2011 and March 31, 2013 will be eligible.

You will be able to submit your entires here once applications open.  

A date for the gala WA Screen Awards Night has been confirmed for Monday July 8, as part of a new partnership with the Revelation Film Festival Program. 


Australian Premiere of The Great Gatsby

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures have announced that filmmakers Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, together with cast-members Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Elizabeth Debicki, will attend the Australian Premiere at Hoyts, The Entertainment Quarter, on Wednesday 22nd May 2013.

Sydney will be the third city to host a Premiere event after New York and the opening of the 66th Cannes Film Festival.


Screen Australia Conference - 18th June, 2013

Why does Australian content matter?

Screen Australia is hosting Jobs, Dollars, Hearts & Minds, a one-day policy conference in Canberra on the key issues and opportunities facing screen businesses and Australian content. Industry leaders and decision makers will describe their visions for the future, alongside new audience research and results from the first Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) screen sector survey in six years.

Speakers include Arts Minister Tony BurkeSenator George Brandis and Screen Australia Chair Glen Boreham AM.

A panel on the future for Australian content will be chaired by Screen Australia Chief Executive, Dr Ruth Harley, and will feature:

Greg Basser (CEO Village Roadshow Entertainment)
David Haslingden (NHNZ and Chairman Channel 9)
Megan Elliott (Director X|Media|Lab)
Kim Dalton (former Director ABC TV) 
Iarla Flynn (Head of Public Policy Google)

Tickets can be purchased here secure.twodeforce.com.au/screen-australia/register


City of Melbourne, VICTORIA

Creative, stylish and sophisticated, Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia and a vibrant film and television hub. When production teams come to Melbourne, they’re hooked. Melbourne offers diverse, accessible locations that can double for anywhere in the world, top notch facilities, amazing crews and competitive incentives.
And let’s not forget, Melbourne’s also a really great city - in fact it’s the most liveable city in the world.

Towering skycrapers, bustling streets, edgy laneways, lush parklands, beautiful waterways and various architectural styles all blend to create Melbourne’s unique character.  The city is also home to Docklands Studios Melbourne, which holds five purpose-built sound-stages with adjacent make-up and dressing rooms, production offices and holding bays.

Victoria is really proud of its film-friendly reputation, and we’re supportive of all aspects of production. For the upcoming feature film John Doe (pictured), a team of more than 200 cast, crew and extras converged on the steps of Victoria’s Parliament House, in the central business district, to film a major scene for the crime thriller. Complex shoots like this are possible thanks to collaboration between local councils and government agencies, Film Victoria and of course our talented local crews, who all the inside knowledge on how to make a production obstacle free.

At Film Victoria we know Melbourne’s locations inside out. We provide great online tools for filmmakers, including our Locations Gallery, which contains tens of thousands of images and has been used by many filmmakers to research locations around Melbourne and the state. 

For more information on Victoria’s locations,get in touch with us at [email protected], call +61 3 9660 3200 or visit www.filmmelbournelocations.com.au.

Production Credits:JOHN DOE
Used with the permission of Rapidfire Entertainment.
Photo taken by Daniel May for Film Victoria.

Production News

Campion and Fontenay reunite to create television masterpiece Top of the Lake

Academy Award® winning writer/director, Jane Campion called upon respected feature film colourist, Olivier Fontenay, to work on her latest creation, Top of the Lake - Campion’s first television production in over 20 years. Their creative collaboration dates back over a decade.
Fontenay and Campion have shared the journey through the progression from film to Digital Intermediate mediums together.

Their story began with feature film In the Cut (2003) - shot and graded on film, which transitioned into Bright Star (2009) - shot on film and DI colour graded. Then together they took the next step into the digital world with Top of the Lake (2013) – shooting the production digitally and finishing in DI.

Top of the Lake was a unique venture for both Director and Colourist – they are individually well regarded in their respective crafts, working on their first fully digital project together as well as stepping into the format of high-end television drama. Together, along with the rest of the production and post-production team, they have provided audiences with a visually stunning and powerful television event.

Top of the Lake begins with a mystery – a twelve-year-old girl walks out chest deep into the freezing waters of an alpine lake. The girl is Tui (Jacqueline Joe), daughter of the local drug lord, Matt Mitcham (Peter Mullan). She is discovered to be five months pregnant and won’t say who the father is. Then she disappears.

From See-Saw Films - Academy Award® winning producers of The King’s Speech - Top of the Lake was co-produced by BBC Two in the UK, UKTV in New Zealand and Australia and Sundance Channel in the United States. The drama was co-created and co-written with Campion’s long-time friend and writer Gerard Lee; co-directed by Campion and rising Australian director Garth Davis; and executive produced by Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King’s Speech, Shame).

Deluxe Efilm’s Sydney based studio undertook the post-production - including conform, grade, QC and deliverables - on the six-part television series which screened on BBC2, Sundance Channel and UKTV throughout March and April; final episodes air at the end of April.

To view Deluxe Efilm’s work visit: http://www.efilm.com.au/

Deluxe Efilm is a division of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc.


Drift named best narrative feature in Puerto Rico

West Australian surf film Drift has been judged best narrative feature at the Rincon International Film Festival held in Puerto Rico.

The film, starring Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel and Sam Worthington, beat hundreds of other features to claim the title.

Drift tells the story of the Kelly brothers (Pollard and Xavier) who start up their own surf-wear business in a small coastal WA town in the 60s and 70s.

The film is co-directed by Morgan O'Neill and Ben Nott and is produced by Tim Duffy, Michele Bennet and Myles Pollard.

Drift hits Australian cinemas on May 2, 2013, to view the trailer click here



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