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10 January

Metro Screen

Monetise Content

Monetise Your Content

While YouTube is great for reaching potentially unlimited eyeballs, handing over your copyright to its owners, Google and getting lost in the myriad of how-to and cat videos is not for everyone. If you've put together a great story or a riveting documentary and decided it’s time to get it out there to the online world, here are some monetised content distribution options that might be worth considering.

Sydney Morning Herald TV

Fairfax offer audiences online content via their site. The focus is on longform content over 30 minutes open to all genres. The channel manager, Ricky Sutton gets about three or four approaches per week and offers a standard 50/50 revenue share model to content makers. The major advantage of this option is the muscle, might and potential of the Sydney Morning Herald marketing machine. If that machine kicks in, your content will be promoted across their various channels. If you are interested in submitting work email and try your luck.


This new Australian content platform offers audiences a chance to see independent films and gives filmmakers a chance to earn a living from their audiences. The submission process is open, with scalable revenue models and no upfront costs. The non-exclusive contracts are a revenue split with 70% of the revenue going directly to you through monthly payments. Other advantages include the ability to geo-block, set prices and view live analytics and reports on your content.

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Featured Items

Digital Kitchen

Funding: Digital Kitchen

Digitial Kitchen provides a cash grant for three to five emerging developers to mature their interactive projects beyond concept stage to a ‘ripe for investment’ or market ready level. Deadline for applications is 16 January 2013.

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Story To Screen

Funding: Story to Screen

In 2013 the Breaks funding program is back with a focus on getting stories from script to screen. Metro Screen offers cash support, production subsidies and expert development workshops. Deadline for applications is 7 February 2013.

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Warp Effect App

Video Warp Effect App

With just a $2 video app you can create warped images that turn everyday shoots into beautifully surreal psychedelic scenes. The slit-scan app for iPhones exposes each scene through a “sliding slit”. Anything moving within the frame takes on a warped look. Very effective and super cheap.

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Open House

Open House Info Session

Get the lowdown on the new funding and development programs; Breaks - Story to Screen, Digital Kitchen Interactive Media Fund and the revamped Certificate IV in Screen and Media at the January Open House info session. Wednesday 16 January from 6.00 – 8.00pm at Metro Screen.



Certificate IV in Screen and Media

Kickstart your film, TV and digital media career and save hundreds of dollars with the early bird discount. Offer ends 25 January. Learn hands-on skills, build a network of contacts and get a head start in the industry with a show reel of work as well as an industry respected qualification. The full-time six-month course includes the making of three real short film productions with a focus on storytelling, character and dialogue. This practical hands-on training is strictly limited to small class sizes and is filling fast. Make an appointment to speak with the course coordinator and get a tour of the facilities. Certificate IV in Screen and Media starts 11 February. Enquire >


Young Filmmakers Workshop

21, 22, 23 January 2013 10.00am – 5.00pm

Designed specifically for 11- 17 years olds, this three-day workshop will teach the fundamentals of filmmaking from script to screen. Students will each write, act, shoot, light, direct, edit and produce, either a short film, theatrical trailer, TV commercial or behind-the-scenes documentary. Classes are strictly limited so that every young filmmaker gets a hands-on experience in the workshop. Book >

Enrolling Now

Craft of Directing 5 Feb
Introduction to Screenwriting 6 Feb
Camera Essentials 9 Feb
Final Cut Pro 7 Fundamentals 9 Feb
Introduction to TV Producing 11 Feb
Camera and Lighting Techniques 23 Feb

Cert IV in Screen & Media


Edit for just $12 a day

Edit your next project on a fast Media Lab workstation at Metro Screen. Dock in to the quiet, air-conditioned, well maintained Media Lab with all the latest software. Don't worry about upgrades or power bills, get cracking on your next project. The 15 iMac workstations have Intel i7 processors with 8GB of RAM, connected to fast internet, running Final Cut Pro Studio (FCP 7) and Adobe CS5.5 Master Suite.

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Media Lab



Sydney based filmmaker and Metro Screen alumni, Craig Boreham, made a short film called Ostia - La Notte Finale, about the murder of Italian filmmaker Pasolini. There is a trailer of the film on YouTube for the world to see. One of the film's lead actors, Miles Szanto, who played a young gay rentboy in the film, was suddenly faced with a barrage of hate mail from young fans of his other work on television. Craig decided to speak to other actors who have played gay roles on screen and discover their experiences. The piece was recorded entirely over Skype and with the generous support of Queer Screen.

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Forum Sydney TV

Full episodes of Forum Sydney produced by Metro Screen are now online. Watch the Urban Planning, Transport and Environment episodes covering controversial topics such as Coal Seam Gas mining and Sydney’s drinking water supply, with high profile special guest commentators.

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Forum Sydney


Latest From The Forum

Submit to Forum

Submit your job, event, film festival entry opportunity, giveaway or news item to the Forum any time.

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Film Crew Required

Seeking several professionals to join our team. We are currently working on a series of short films talking about the turning point in an ordinary life. The filming is intended to begin at the middle of January 2013, for each story approx. 1.5 to 3 filming days.

More info >    All Jobs >


Revelation Perth International Film Festival

Revelation will screen from 4 to 14 July 2013 in Perth and filmmakers from across the globe are invited to enter their films. Regarded as one of Australia’s most exciting independent film festivals, the search is on for unique, signature-driven works from both emerging and established filmmakers.

More info >    All Entries >


Korean Cinema on the Park 2013

Thursday nights are now etched firmly on the Sydney cinema calendar as Korean night!  The films aim to share the virtues of the national cinema of Korea, through topical discussions about the films on show and current trends emerging from the industry. At the same time it allows people to engage with Korean culture, by experiencing Korean snacks, drinks, language and art.

More info >    All Events >


Trans Boys Awarded Metro Screen Prize at Queer Fruits Film Festival

Trans Boys was awarded the Outstanding Documentary prize by Metro Screen at Queer Fruits Film Festival. The film is directed by Ali Russell and produced by Monique Schafter.

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