New Australian TV drama and documentaries
The TV Drama and Documentary Catalogue produced by the AFC for television market MIPCOM is now available to download from the AFC website. It contains TV drama and documentary titles in production or completed since August 2001.
Marketing Documentaries Internationally
The AFC's updated version of its Marketing Documentaries Internationally handout which is designed to help producers target international markets and festivals with information on local and international pre-sales, how to sell completed programs and contact information for key documentary strands. Download for free (pdf 112k)
AFC Comment on the FACTS Submission and Response to the Amended Australian Content Standard proposed by the ABA
Festival and market opportunities noticeboard
Upcoming production report
Latest funding approvals - September 2002
Upcoming funding deadlines
ICD funding deadlines for 2003
National Touring Exhibition Fund: 28 April and 7 October 2003
New Projects Fund: 17 March and 18 August 2003
Interactive Media Fund: 17 March and 18 August 2003
Events and Activities Fund: 17 March and 7 October 2003
Australian documentary makers to Amsterdam (Media Release)
Following the success of an Australian delegation to Hot Docs in Canada in 1999, a delegation of Australian documentary makers will attend the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in November, with a reciprocal delegation of European documentary makers attending the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in Byron Bay in February.
AFC fully funds Geoff Burton documentary The Fall of the House (Media Release)
The Fall of the House, the intriguing story of British composer/conductor Sir Eugene Goosens and his fall from grace in the arms of the Kings Cross witch Rosaleen Norton, is the latest documentary to be fully funded by the AFC. It will be written and directed by Geoff Burton and produced by Sharon Bell. More in Media Release.
AFC-funded films at the 2002 AWGIE Awards
Major Award and Best Documentary (Broadcast) - Rainbow Bird and Monster Man - fully funded by the AFC.
Best Short Film - Calling Gerry Molloy - received AFC short film production funding.
Best Telemovie (Adaptation) - The Road from Coorain - received AFC General Development Investment.
Best Feature Film (Original) - The Tracker - received an AFC bridging loan.
AWG 2002 Awgie Awards Nominations
Australian shorts in Locarno
Each year, Switzerland's prestigious Locarno International Film Festival focuses on a different region of the world for its Leopards of Tomorrow International Short Film Competition. This August it was Australia and New Zealand's turn, with the festival showing 26 of the most successful films made in the last three years. The five-member jury awarded the Golden Leopard to Delivery Day, directed by Jane Manning, written by Khoa Do and produced by Liz Watts who is a recipient of AFC General Development Investment. Silver Leopard winner Lost received AFC production investment.
Go to festival profiles and scroll down to Locarno.
Nominations announced for 2002 Film Critics Circle and Lexus IF Awards
The 2002 Film Critics Circle Awards will be presented on 31 October and the Lexus IF Awards will be broadcast live on SBS at 8.30pm on 6 November and re-broadbast on SHOWTIME on 7 and 8 November. The AFC supports both award nights through its ICD funding program.
IF Awards http://www.ifawards.com
AFC at MIPCOM 2002
Over 160 Australians attended the MIPCOM television market in Cannes from 5-11 October. The AFC co-ordinated a range of initiatives for the Australian contingent including a Market Intelligence Breakfast and Canadian Cocktails and participated in Kickstart, an Australian reception. A special Co-production Breakfast with producers from France was co-hosted with TV France.
Australian TV screens more culturally diverse than ever before (Media Release)
Broadcast in Colour: Cultural Diversity and Television Programming in Four Countries, by Harvey May, is the latest report in a series that looks at longer-term undercurrents and trends in Australia's film, television and broadband industries.
Download the report. (pdf 268k)
Tom Kennedy appointed as new AFC commissioner
The AFC's Board of Commissioners has been brought back to a full complement with the appointment of Tom Kennedy for a three-year term to 7 August 2005. He brings relevant experience, particularly in the interactive and broadband areas, which will add to the comprehensive range of industry-related skills and expertise the board represents. Tom is the Managing Director of Beyond Online Limited and is currently a member of the Commonwealth Government's Broadband Advisory Group, a Director of Brainwaave Interactive Pty Ltd and the Biennale of Sydney International Festival of Art. He is also Deputy Chair of the Internet Industry Association, Director of the Australian Interactive Multimedia Industry Association and was previously a Member of the Digital Television Advisory Group.
Corporate Governance Workshops for ICD-funded Organisations
The AFC is holding four workshops on Corporate Governance principles for representatives from key ICD-funded organisations. The Melbourne workshop will take place on 21 October and the three Sydney workshops on 22 and 24 October 2002. They will be delivered by John O'Grady, a specialist in this area from legal firm Blake Dawson Waldron and will be attended by board members and senior staff from 21 screen culture organisations.
ICD Project Officer
Sally Tulloch has been appointed to the position of ICD Project Officer during Helen Lovelock's maternity leave for seven months from the beginning of November.
Tilly Heald began as the AFC's Melbourne Receptionist on 19 September. Fran Pidgeon joined the AFC in Sydney as afternoon Receptionist on 24 September and Talei Goater took on the morning shift from 8 October.
AFC Position Vacant - Project Manager, Indigenous Unit. Closing date 18 October.
Meet the AFC at the WOW festival (18 October 2002)
Join the AFC and WOW over lunch with the AFC's Sydney-based project managers Julia Overton, Jackie McKimmie and Megan Simpson-Huberman on Friday 18 October from 1-2pm at Cine Café, Bent Street, Fox Studios.
Cost is around $15 pp.
RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (02) 9332 2408.
Dreaming in Motion, Tour of AFC Indigenous Drama Initiative 3 films
Sydney 29-31 October 2002
Broome 31 October
Gunnedah 3-4 November
Perth 6 November
Lismore 7 November
Kempsey 11 November
Darwin 11-12 November
Adelaide 15 November
Melbourne 18-19 November
Hobart 24-25 November
Canberra 26 November
Alice Springs 1-2 December
Brisbane 5 December
For 24-hour information on session times and bookings please call Flickerfest on (02) 9901 7070.
Women Working in Television SPAA Breakfast (15 November 2002)
Following the success of the launch of the booklet Working Networks - a practical guide to networking in television which was attended by 290 women, the Women Working in Television Project will hold an industry breakfast in conjunction with the SPAA Conference in Melbourne. Sandra Levy, the ABC's Director of Television, is confirmed as one of the key speakers.
Registrations can be made through SPAA.
AFC Drama Production Information Evenings (20 November - 2 December 2002)
The AFC is holding information evenings around the country to discuss its production funding guidelines for features, short features and short drama and to provide a networking opportunity for filmmakers.
Events calendar copy deadline (28 October 2002)
The AFC-funded inside film (IF) magazine What's On in Film calendar is being prepared. If you have a screen culture event (including festivals, awards, workshops, regular screenings, seminars, conferences, masterclasses or any other screen-related happening) or a deadline for festival or funding entry which falls between 1 January and 30 June 2003, contact IF on (02) 93322121 or email: email@example.com by 28 October 2002.
BIAF Tour 2002
Venues to be confirmed 14 October-November 2002
WOW International Film Festival 2002 (WIFT)
Sydney 17 -20 October 2002
A showcase of the latest and best features, documentaries, experimental and interactive media by women from Australia and overseas.
Big Screen 2002
Darwin 18-20 October
Devonport 8 -10 November
Dubbo 22-24 November
Maitland 22-24 November
Free school screenings, regional archival footage and contemporary films.
Moving Objects Conference 2002
Victorian Arts Centre and ACMI Melbourne 24-27 October 2002
A national conference of puppetry and animatronics.
Lexus IF Awards, Sydney
6 November 2002
SPAA Fringe 2002, Melbourne
10-12 November 2002
SPAA Conference 2002, Melbourne
12-15 November 2002
11th Australian Film and History Conference 2002,
Flinders University, Adelaide.
28 November-1 December 2002
The Masterclass Series, Byron Bay 2002
These programs are presented by the AFC in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as an initiative of the AICC.
Crossing Tracks: Indigenous film festival in New York (18-21 October 2002)
The AFC is holding a three-day Indigenous film festival in partnership with
the Asia Society in New York. The Australian Consulate will host the opening
Shanghai documentary film festival (16 November - 1 December 2002)
A program of seven Australian documentary films will screen as part of
Celebrate Australia 2002 at the 4th China Shanghai International Arts
21st Century Oz: New Australian Film in Berlin (5-9 December 2002)
As part of Arts Australia Berlin 02, a year-long focus on Australian arts,
the AFC is partnering with the Arsenal Cinema to present a week-long film
festival titled 21st Century Oz: New Australian Film.
Cork Film Festival, Ireland (6-13 October 2002)
Closing Gala: Rabbit-Proof Fence
World Feature Programme: Beneath Clouds
Documentary Programme: A Wedding in Ramallah
International Short Competition: Dog's Day, Lamb, Beginnings, Into the Dark,Tanaka
Outlook Programme: Blow, Contact, High Street Love Story, Tales from the Powder Room
Tanaka won the OutLook Award for Best Lesbian & Gay Short film.
Leipzig International Festival of Documentary and Animation Films, Germany (15-20 October 2002)
International Competition: Holding Your Breath, Into the Dark
Animadoc: Dad's Clock, Living with Happiness, Looking for Horses, Pa
Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden (21-27 October 2002)
In Competition: Pyjama Girl
Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain (25 October - 2 November 2002)
Official Selection: The Tracker
Meeting Point: Diaries of Vaslav Nijinski
Shorts Selection: Living with Happiness
Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan (24 October - 4 November 2002)
Regus London Film Festival, UK (6-21 November 2002)
Feature: Black and White
Shorts: Mr Wasinsky's Song, The Pitch, Placement, Roundabout, They Shoot
Hostages, Don't They?, Wednesday
Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, US (7-17 November 2002)
Bush Mechanics, Breaking Bows and Arrows, Gulpilil—One Red Blood, A Wedding in Ramallah
A Wedding in Ramallah will be the opening night film.
See Festival Profiles for information on over 50 key international festivals including screening histories of Australian films.
See Australian Films at Overseas Festivals