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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN BLACK COMEDY ‘DOWN UNDER’ FOR CENTREPIECE GALA

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL SELECTION & CENTREPIECE GALA PRESENTATION OF NEW AUSTRALIAN BLACK COMEDY ‘DOWN UNDER’, WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ABE FORSYTHE
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Screen NSW launches 360 Vision App

Screen NSW launches 360 Vision App & AFTRS joins 360 Vision development initiative as an official partner
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SBS Call for Submissions – Untold Australia

SBS Calls for Submissions SBS is pleased to announce a call out for submissions for the next season of ‘Untold Australia.’ Deadline for proposals is Monday 22 Aug, 2016 Decision will be made by Mon 5 Sept , 2016 SBS is looking for one hour documentaries that explore hidden multicultural worlds. These can be hidden subcultures, unexplored areas of multicultural Australia, or an unexpected way of tackling issues. What they will all have in common is that they will be character-led worlds with contemporary, untold stories that will surprise and occasionally shock. Season 1 of ‘Untold Australia’ ranged from looking
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SPEED NETWORKING AT AFTRS_Grab Your Spot for this Thursday June 2

A few places are still available for AFTRS Open’s Speed Networking event to be held this Thursday June 2, as part of Vivid Sydney 2016, the world's largest festival of light, music and ideas. Following in the footsteps of the legendary Metro Screen events, Speed Networking at AFTRS is a bit like speed dating for screen practitioners, with a focus on finding future film, TV and digital content collaborators. Participants will get to meet fresh new faces including producers, directors, writers, cinematographers, editors, actors, animators, VFX specialists and digital media professionals. Held in Studio 1 at AFTRS, Moore Park, this is
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SCREEN NSW announces AMPLIFIER, a new bespoke feature film script development program

Screen NSW announced Amplifier, a new bespoke script development program for feature films to begin this year. Amplifier will bring together world-class advisors with New South Wales creative teams for individually tailored script development. Amplifier is designed to provide direct pathways to the end market, including engagement with distributors and exhibitors, and Screen NSW will work with the teams for the entire life of the selected projects. As part of the program, advisors will also have an on-going relationship with the filmmaking teams over an extended development period to further enhance their creative relationship. “What’s unique about Amplifier is that
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FEMALE REPRESENTATION AT THE 2016 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

Recent studies reveal that women are directing less than 10% of the 250 top grossing films worldwide. That figure underscores a known problem in the industry: women simply aren't getting the same opportunities to share their voices and visions as their male counterparts. That imbalance is the reason Sydney Film Festival has partnered with Variety magazine and European Film Promotion to showcase 10 of Europe's most promising female talents. The line-up clearly demonstrates the incredible diversity of subject matter and style being practiced by women storytellers today. In European Cinema: 10 Women Filmmakers to Watch, audiences will discover a mermaid-vampire
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AFTRS BLACK TALK POP UP AT THE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: INDIGENEITY & AUSTRALIAN SCREEN STORYTELLING

AFTRS Black Talk, the new series of public conversations with leading Indigenous filmmakers and industry professionals, curated by Kyas Sherriff (Head of the Indigenous Unit AFTRS), will be at Sydney Film Festival with the support of Vivid Ideas. On Sunday 12 June AFTRS is presenting A Double Bill: Indigeneity & Australian Screen Storytelling as part of the Sydney Film Festival Hub program of the Sydney Film Festival. Panel 1: Collaboration and Indigeneity showcases leading creative voices. Producers David Jowsey (Satellite Boy, Mystery Road, Goldstone) and Ned Lander (Dangerous Remedy, The Wrong Side of the Road, Blood Brothers) are joined by Screen
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Emerging female writer to join The Chaser’s Election Desk

Screen NSW has announced that it will fund an internship to enable emerging writer Nina Oyama to join the writers’ room for The Chaser’s Election Desk. A Screen NSW Strategic Opportunities partnership with production company Giant Dwarf will see Nina working with one of Australia’s best comedy teams in one of the toughest, tight-turnaround shows on TV. Julian Morrow Co-Founder & MD Giant Dwarf said: "After five federal elections as a leading provider of patriarchy services in TV comedy, there's never been a better time for The Chaser to be a part of this Screen NSW initiative. We're very happy that Nina will have a seat at the writer's table on The
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International Premiere for Western Sydney Documentaries

Four documentaries produced by Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.) have been accepted into the prestigious Bradford Small World Film Festival 2016 as part of the  Special Showcase of Sydney UNESCO City of Film. Premiering in June these short films have been directed by filmmakers from Western Sydney, with  each collaborating with  a different Western Sydney artist who identifies as living with disability. Funny, inspiring, uplifting and creative, these stories are proof that nothing can stifle the creative spark. From Carla and Lisa Wherby, twin sisters who are both contemporary artists; to Listic, a musician and freestyler who is legally blind; to Gerry O’Dwyer, a young performer trying to overcome his stutter; to Janet Lombardo, an actress and survivor of a stroke – these  are  powerful  stories  focused  on  overcoming  adversity through  creativity. "To be part of this project was an invaluable opportunity for an emerging filmmaker like myself. It was an amazing opportunity to work with a creative team to  produce  documentaries with high production values that deal with challenging and powerful subjects." Ludwig El Haddad  Filmmaker My Life / My Art Part of I.C.E.’s My Life / My Art program the films have been directed by four up and coming filmmakers from Western Sydney - Vanna Seang, Ludwig El Haddad, Jerome Pearce and Tresa Ponnor. Each filmmaker has their own unique visual style, bringing the stories of these incredible characters to life on screen. "It’s gratifying to know that the stories of four individuals in Western Sydney resonated with the festival’s selection committee in Bradford. Trading in the currency of stories highlights the great contrasts and similarities in the human experience, be that from different cultures or different abilities. The Small World Film Festival is a great opportunity to share these experiences." Barry Gamba – Producer My Life My Art Bradford Small World Film Festival is in its second year, bringing heart-­warming, moving and humorous films from all over the world to Bradford City Park. I.C.E is a Parramatta based arts organisation working with Western Sydney communities in the areas of community cultural development, screen culture and digital technology. More about My Life / My Art: http://ice.org.au/project/mylifemyart/ More about Small World Film Festival 2016: http://bradford-­‐city-­‐of-­‐film.com/enjoy/smallworldfilmfestival/ When: 2 June – 4 June 2016 Where: City Park and City Hall, Bradford
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