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21 February

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Short Film Controversy

Post-Tropfest there has been heated debate about short films right across mainstream media and the blogosphere, and I think that’s a good thing. Short films are front and centre of the debate which is the best news.

The film industry is fixated with the length of content and which screen it’s watched on. It currently relies on a model where thousands of people work for free in the hope of the attaining the dream – to be paid to tell their stories. If Tropfest is the catalyst for bringing short films to the forefront of industry discussion and alternate viewpoints then hooray for Tropfest!

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2 Tropfests this year!

The signature item for the next Tropfest was announced at the capacity crowd screening last weekend as ‘Change’. For the first time in two decades, Tropfest has decided to move dates to December 8, which is sure to change the filmmaking calendar for a lot of people. Get cracking on your script for change and check out the Jumpstart subsidy Metro Screen has available to get it made.

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Screen Australia

Short Film Completion Fund

Finish your Film with CASH Money. Screen Australia's Short Film Completion Fund could be just what you need to finish your short drama with up to $40,000 per project available. They favour shorts that have a clear professional development benefit and stand to showcase talent at local and international film festivals. Deadline is Monday 29 April. Get cracking.

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Metro Screen

JOB: The Metro Screen Show Must Go On!

The wonderful hard-working Stella Collier is running away with the circus and we need to fill her big (metaphorically clown size) shoes. It might be you or someone you know, we’d love to meet the right person to settle down with, start a family and raise some kids. Office wizards and admin all-star Managers are welcome to apply.

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163 Ideas


Funding applications for Breaks: Story to Screen and Digital Kitchen programs are closed, and now the team have 163 ideas to read and debate over the next couple of months. It’s a great sign of how healthy the creative content community is and how important funding is to everyone. Stay tuned for the successful applications announcement.



Multiplatform Filmmaking 8 April

The future is here. People are watching film and content on all sorts of devices and the demand for video content is growing rapidly every day. Take this accredited part-time short course to learn the basics of developing your content, pitching your project, business model options, how to find an audience through marketing for your project and possible funding opportunities. As a filmmaker it can be overwhelming to decide where your content should live in this multiplatform world. Keep up-to-date with trends in technology and 360 degree storytelling techniques. Develop your filmmaking skills in a small class with a dedicated, experienced guide to help you along the way.  


Film Producing 16 April

Make a practical start to producing a film at this certified part-time short course. Good producers are always in very high demand in the Australian film industry, it takes a special person to pull everything together. This course will give you the background you need from pitching, hiring crew, dealing with legal responsibilities right through to marketing and distribution. Carolyn Johnson who is an award winning producer will guide you through the process, answer your questions, make suggestions and give you notes and production templates to get your first project off the ground. Classes are limited to 15 people so you get the most out of your time here – enrol now.




These two-in-one lights go from a spot to a flood-lit scene with ease, giving you flexibility and the light coverage your production needs to get the best shots. These fully versatile open face tungsten lights are ideal for electronic news-gathering, field production and fast turnaround location use. Specially designed reflectors balance controllability and efficiency while providing an exceptionally even field of illumination. The high light output allows the Arrilite to be best used as a "source of origin" (bounced off of ceiling, wall, bounce board, or directed through a silk or a Softbank.) Their double skin, thermoplastic housing with aluminium inner shells give superior hot-handling capacity and also keeps the weight down, making them ideal for fast moving productions.

The kits of three Arrilite lights are ideal for your next shoot. At $50 a day or $200 a week they are also extremely affordable.

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Production Assistant Needed: The Palace That I Live In

We are in need of a production assistant for upcoming short film ‘The Palace That I Live In’. Filming will take place on a 260 acre property in Bathurst from 28th February and 1st to 3rd March 2013.

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Feature Film and TV Series [Script] Development Course at Open Channel Melbourne

$7,500 funding toward your Feature Film and Television Series [script] Development course at Open Channel, Melbourne. Develop your screen project to make it more market ready! The Feature Film and Television Series [script] Development course at Open Channel is the first sustained accredited program in Australia to focus on the intricacies of script and project development and teaches participants critical skills for developing projects for big and small screens.

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Korean Cinema on the Park February/March 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.

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Songline for Happiness

Songline for Happiness was produced through Metro Screen’s Out There and Deadly funding and mentoring program. Written and Directed by Danny Teece-Johnson and Produced by David Vadiveloo the film is about happiness. With his brother Dillon by his side, teenager Ritchie Goymala shrugs off trauma and suffering to create music that celebrates his unique songline for happiness.

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Save Your Legs! Giveaway

Save Your Legs! is an inspirational journey from the heart of Australia to the soul of India. It’s the story of one man who refuses to lose his park cricket team to the realities of growing up. Inspired by true events, Save Your Legs! is an uplifting adventure, filled with comedy, cricket and Bollywood music; an odyssey from the suburbs to the sub-continent in pursuit of a boyhood dream. The film also stars Indian actress Pallavi Sharda.

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Barbara Giveaway

Directed by Christian Petzold, and starring Nina Hoss and Ronald Zehrfield, Barbara is a highly acclaimed, quality European drama set in 1980’s Germany that provides a compelling look behind the iron curtain in the vein of The Lives of Others. Set in 1980, the film is a Cold War thriller, which centres on a doctor [Nina Hoss] exiled to a small town from East Berlin as punishment for applying for an exit visa from the GDR [East Germany].

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