Film Festival News
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Screen Australia and Sydney Film Festival announce Think Big at the festival
Screen Australia, in partnership with the Sydney Film Festival, is pleased to present two masterclasses with acclaimed international documentary filmmakers. The sessions are designed for documentary makers and industry professionals who are interested in improving their understanding of the art and craft of storytelling. They will be moderated by journalist Sandy George. Read more…..
Festival and Events Funding
Screen Tasmania recognises the need to engage the local community and support the promotion of local, national and international talent and stories, and engender interest in Tasmanian screen culture.
The Festivals and Events Fund supports screen-based activities, such as film festivals, conferences, seminars and screenings that build audience interest and awareness of a vibrant screen industry that contributes to Tasmania’s rich cultural life.
Applications are invited for the following screen-based activities or events. Read more…….
Amanda Duffy to lead Bigpond Adelaide Film Festival
Brendon Swift, If.com.au, 8 December 2011
The BigPond Adelaide Film Festival (BAFF) has appointed ABC TV’s content head of arts and entertainment, Amanda Duthie, as its new chief executive. She begins her new role in February 2012, replacing Katrina Sedgwick, who has led the biennial festival since its inception in 2002. Read more….
Flickerfest introduces new venture, Flickerlab
If.com.au Medianet Press Release, 6 December 2011
For the first time, Flickerfest, presented by ING Direct, introduces FlickerLab – a one-day intensive short film workshop that will investigate the latest trends, along with the tips and skills that filmmakers need to develop their creative idea and turn it into a successful reality and market it across all platforms. Read more….
Tropfest to Launch in New York Next Year
IF Online, 17 November 2011.
The New York minute is being multiplied by seven as Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival lands on US shores with Tropfest New York. The stateside launch has secured support from film industry heavyweight “Ambassadors” Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Liev Schreiber, Anthony LaPaglia and Charles Randolph. Read more………
New Sydney Film Festival Director Announced
SFF Website 8 November 2011.
NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality, Racing and the Arts, George Souris, announced today that Nashen Moodley will take up the position of Festival Director at Sydney Film Festival, following a comprehensive national and international recruitment campaign by Watermark Search International. Read more…..
Flock of Stars wows Abu Dhabi short film fans at first-ever Tropfest Arabia
The Gulf Today, 7 November 2011.
ABU DHABI: Over 12,000 excited film fans from across the region crowded onto Abu Dhabi’s Corniche on Friday night for the inaugural Tropfest Arabia short film festival. Read more…..
Aussies to judge Trop Ariabian short films
If Online, 3 November 2011.
Tropfest Australia’s winning filmmaker, Damon Gameau, and girlfriend, actress Zoe Tuckwell-Smith, are enjoying some of the spoils of Gameau’s 2011 win, jetting off to Abu Dhabi this week where Gameau will judge the first ever Tropfest Arabia short film festival competition on Friday 04 November. Read more….
Tropfest to Expand to Three Days in 2012
Encore, 14 October 2011.
Tropfest will expand on its format for next year’s 20th edition in 2012. The Tropfest short film festival will become a three day event, festival director John Polson told Encore. He said: “We’re pushing to three days for the twentieth birthday with a party on Friday, an all-day industry seminar on Saturday, musical events on Saturday night and the main event on Sunday.” There will also be screenings of the best films from the first 20 years. Read More…..
Dungog Film Festival’s script program receives $45K in one-off funding
13 July 2011.
The Dungog Film Festival’s In The Raw script development program has been awarded $45,000 in one-off funding by the federal government. The script development program, which was established in 2007 as part of the regional festival, has grown to become a bi-monthly event at the Sydney Theatre. It attracts high profile actors, such as Susie Porter, Tony Martin and Rachael Blake, who present live script readings of screenplays heading into production. Read more….
MIFF 60: The Graphic Art of the Melbourne Film Festival
State of Design Festival.
Presented by The Melbourne International Film Festival. Co-presented with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and The Narrows. Showcases 60 years of The Melbourne International Film Festival’s graphic style – from the flat geometric designs of the Saul Bass inspired 1960s, through the psychedelic excursions of the 70s and the neo-pop surrealism of the 80s. Read more…..
Clare Stewart to head up British Film Institute in London
SMH, 11 June 2011.
Australian Clare Stewart has been appointed to the prestigious position of head of exhibition at the British Film Institute in London. The new role, which Stewart takes up on August 22, gives her responsibility for all aspects of the institute’s exhibitions program, including the London Film Festival, the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, and the year-round Southbank and IMAX cinemas. Read more…..
Palace Films announces Cannes acquisitions
Press Release from Palace Films, 2 June 2011.
Following a strong and diverse showcase of international cinema presented across both the Official Selections and marché of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, leading Australian independent distributor Palace Films is pleased to announce the acquisition of a record 14 new titles. Read more…..
Take a First Glance into the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival
31 May 2011
The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) turns 60 in 2011 and it’s doing it in style! While the full program won’t be launched until July 5, here is a first glance into this year’s Festival…
Queensland Offers Australia’s Richest Documentary Prize
8 May 2011
Australia’s richest prize for documentary film making has been announced as part of the 2011 Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF). Queensland Arts Minister Rachel Nolan says the $25,000 BIFF documentary prize highlights the growing global appetite for the film genre. Ms Nolan said the winner will be announced during the BIFF 20th Anniversary celebrations in November. Read more……
Adelaide Film Festival presents The Hive Production Fund
ABC TV Arts & Entertainment and the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund (AFFIF) are pleased to present The Hive Production Fund. We are calling for proposals from arts filmmakers nationwide. The Hive Production Fund seeks ambitious/audacious arts projects and creates an opportunity to produce works that fit a festival remit and prime time broadcasting schedules. Read more……
Sydney Film Festival announces program teaser
By Amanda Diaz, 4 April 2011
Sydney Film Festival fans have been given a sneak peek of what’s to come, with a teaser of the 2011 program being released today. Twenty-three of the SFF’s 120 film lineup have been revealed, including three that have been entered in the Official Competition. ”We’re very pleased with how everything is shaping up this year,” says festival director Clare Stewart. Read more…..
Melbourne Film Festival launches it’s Online Archive to celebrate 60 years of MIFF
To celebrate 60 Years of MIFF, we present to you the MIFF Online Archive. 59 editions of the Festival are now available to you to browse or search through. We hope the archive will be a resource used by festival goers, film lovers, students, historians and whoever else would like to learn more about the types of films the Festival has screened over the years, or indeed to track the trajectory of the Festival’s curatorship, its Directors and its scope. Read more….
Seven film festivals miss out on Screen Australia funding
By Rachael Gavin, 7 Dec 2010.
Seven film festivals have missed out on Screen Australia funding after the government agency increased its support for a smaller number of applicants. The agency said it received funding applications 40 per cent higher than its $2.3 million budget, which will be used to support 20 festivals over the next three years. “While Screen Australia continues to have a declining appropriation, we remain committed to a significant investment in screen culture,” Screen Australia’s head of marketing, Kathleen Drumm, said in a statement. The festivals that will receive Screen Australia’s support are: Read more….