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7 August

Metro Screen

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You’re On Your Own Kid: PUBLIC FORUM Tues 2 sepT

Screen Australia has announced it will no longer fund Metro Screen and other Screen Network organisations; Open Channel (VIC), MRC (SA), Film & TV Institute (WA) and Wide Angle (TAS). And $400k has been cut from Talent Escalator. On our calculation, almost $2 million of the $5 million in recent Screen Australia funding cuts directly impact emerging talent and production.

Does this signal the end of federal support for emerging practice and emerging filmmakers?

Apparently as long as you’ve got YouTube, a camera, a laptop and crowd-funding, the screen world’s your oyster. Right?

We know it’s not that simple – we don’t want to see a future where a credit card and family connections get you ahead of the pack.

Metro Screen provides a truckload of support to level the playing field with a small amount of federal money. We think the stories we support, the multiplatform activities we lead, the skills development we provide and community we create are critical to the future health of screen culture.  But this cut goes very deep and we’re exploring our options.

Thanks for your concerned calls and overwhelming support. We’re holding a PUBLIC FORUM to talk about where we go from here and we want you there. Our interstate Screen Network buddies are also holding public forums around the country to discuss this critical development.

6pm, Tuesday 2nd September
Chauvel Cinema, Paddington   Register Now!

Stay tuned for speaker details, spread the word and get connected;


Industry News



15 Metro Screen Diploma of Screen & Media students graduated in an upbeat celebration held at Chauvel Cinema last week. The result of their hard work was shown on the big screen to an enthusiastic audience of family, friends and tutors. They now head off to some impressive interships.



Early bird reg's are open for the screen industry's flagship event, SCREEN FOREVER. From global thinkers to local players, Screen Forever provides unparalled opporunities to hear from, connect or do business with leading production companies, TV networks, distributors & more.


Exactly why gender equality is so important

Following the recent Women, Influence, Leadership in the Film & Television Industry Q&A with over 400 women in attendance, moderator Sandy George, writes in ScreenHub about how the gender equality campaign still illuminates our industry today. View the full article.


Korean Film Festival TICKET Giveaway

The Korean Film Festival & Film Festivals Australia have 3 double passes up for grabs to any film in the fabulous Korean Film Festival Aug 13-21 in Sydney. Just Facebook Like Button the Film Festivals Australia Facebook page and be in the running to win a double pass. Winners notified through Facebook.



Introduction to Screenwriting Course                       This part time accredited course will show you how to develop your story concept into a compelling and unique script. HURRY! Course starts 13 Aug.               Production Intensive – Drama                                        A comprehensive hands on experience giving you an overview of the narrative film making process, by actually making a short narrative (non-documentary) film over the course of the workshop.  Starts 23 Aug.

Directing Performance Course
This short course will give you the opportunity to put theory into practice by working with actors. Early bird discount book by 11 Aug. Course dates 30 & 31 Aug.



SPEED NETWORKING EVENT FOR SCREEN PRACTITIONERS                                                     6.00pm – 7.30pm   Wed 24 September

It's on again! Speed Networking for Screen Practitioners is always a highlight of the Metro Screen calendar so book early. You’ll meet fresh new faces including producers, directors, writers, actors, animators and more....



CHROMA KEY DIGI-GREEN STUDIO FOR HIRE       Air-conditioned sound stage, production studio with an updated curved digi green chroma key cyclorama and black curtains available for hire.

Or use as a Screening Venue for up to 70 people.



Two Docos developed through the Metro Screen Lester Bostock Indigenous documentary program screening in Aug and Sep on NITV:
AFL In the Blood tells the story of Koori women from Western Sydney and their experience playing AFL for their country, state and community. Written & Directed by Lyndsay Urquart. Screens 4 Sep 6:30pm NITV.

Alison for President is about a young Indigenous woman, Alison Whittaker, who is currently studying at UTS and this is Alison’s story about running for the office of UTS Student President. Written and Directed by Stephanie Bloxsome. Screens 16 Aug 7pm NITV.



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