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Guest Blog from Ruth Saunders who spent 20+ years as Head of Sales and Distribution at AFTRS and now runs her own short film consultancy.

In this age of Vimeo, YouTube and other online streaming platforms, is there any point in entering shorts into film festivals? After all, festival entry is expensive, time-consuming and stressful with constant deadlines and decisions on the best order of entry. I know this all too well—I was Head of Sales and Distribution at AFTRS for over 20 years.

It certainly works for cat videos and sneezing pandas. And it is possible to make significant amounts of money with no outlay of talent at all—see Charlie Bit My Finger with 820 million views and income of over £100,000 from associated advertising. [Read more]

The Latest

Showboy festival trail

Breaks film Showboy picked up the the Jury Award for Best Narrative Short (Golden Reel) at the Reeling Film Festival in Chicago. Congrats to director Samuel Leighton-Dore who is currently in the UK after also attending a screening at the prestigious Iris Prize in Cardiff. Check out more Breaks festival success in our Congratulations classifieds below.


ADG strives for gender equality

The Australian Director's Guild in an effort to bridge the gender inequality gap in the Australian and global film industry have committed to filling 50% of their attachment positions with women and a further 75% of these positions to be culturally diverse. [more]


The Walkley Foundation brings together international storytellers, technology innovators and inspiring speakers from television, film, online, print, radio and social media for the Storyology Festival 11-14 Nov, proudly sponsored by us. Tickets available now.



Apply to take part in the Deadlock Script Lab workshop with Bryan Elsley – the creator and co-writer of UK teen series Skins. Six writers between 18 and 35 will be selected to travel to Byron Bay to write this drama-based web series from 14-18 Dec, 2015. Applications close 2 Nov.


Finding Film Festival Success

This masterclass is a must for those wanting to distribute their short film or independent feature through film festivals both in Australia and internationally. 22 Oct, 6.30pm - 9pm. Limited tickets still available – don't miss out.


Practical short courses

Freelancing in the Film Industry

Starts 24 Oct

Directing Documentary

Starts 7 Nov

Intermediate Screenwriting

Starts 14 Nov

Sound Design and Editing

Starts 21 Nov


Top Tips for Cinema Screening

It has become inescapable: most cinemas require a DCP file to screen your film. Some may still accept BluRay or DVD (don’t - as it will look abysmal), but most film festivals will ask for a DCP. Here's a few hints for making your film look its best in a cinema.
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Vale Metro Screen!

Save The Date

Come along to our forum on 11 November where we will share our research about the emerging screen sector, celebrate Metro Screen's contribution to the screen industry and host our farewell drinks. At the Chauvel Cinema 6pm - 10pm.

Film Festivals Australia

Australian International Fashion Film Festival

AIFF travels to capital cities around the country and hits Sydney on Tuesday 20 Oct at the Verona. The festival gets international filmmakers and studios to collaborate with fashion designers and artists to create short films.

Email us with your deets for a chance to win a double pass to the Sydney AIFF.

Check out the other festivals that are a part of FFA.





URGENT: Sound Mixer/Designer Wanted

Seeking Colour Grader

Gaffer/Lighting Guy With Own Gear Available


UK Screenwriter to Mentor Young Writers in Byron Bay

2015 APDG Awards



‘Babadook': Halloween Horror Special

Antenna is On Now!


1919 to Screen in the SediCorto Film Festival, Italy. Congratulations to director Kerinne Jenkins, writer Harry Windsor and producer Nic Douglas. Congratulations also to Damien Lane, composer of 1919 for receiving a Screen Music Awards Nomination.


Congratulations to writer/director Grégoire Lière and producer Chloe Lawrence-Hartcher as their Breaks produced film Summer Nights is to Screen at the San Francisco International Festival of Short Films. 


The Cult of JT LeRoy’ Giveaway

Win a Double Pass to the Australian International Fashion Film Festival!

Utopia’ DVDs Up For Grabs!

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