The Australian Film Commission (AFC) today announced the IndiVision Filmmaker Dialogues, two special events for the Australian film industry to be held as part of the 2007 Sydney Film Festival (SFF).
The events provide Australian filmmakers with a key opportunity to hear Oscar-nominated producer Sisse Graum Jorgensen talk about financing and developing at her dynamic company Zentropa, and hot new US director Jeff Nichols talk about his film Shotgun Stories.
The AFC's Acting Chief Executive Chris Fitchett said, "The IndiVision Filmmaker Dialogues will give Australian filmmakers an exciting insight into creative ways of making low-budget feature films, drawing on international experiences. The AFC is delighted to be partnering with the SFF to present these two events."
Sisse Graum Jorgensen is one of the most prolific Danish producers working today. She has produced for many of Denmark's outstanding directors including Lone Scherfig (Hjemve, Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself), Thomas Vinterberg (Dear Wendy) and Susanne Bier (Brothers and the Oscar-nominated After the Wedding). Sisse has worked extensively with writer Lars von Trier, and also executive produced the Cannes Jury Prize-winning Red Road. In 2003 Sisse was named European Film Promotion's Producer on the Move, she made Screen International's Talent Watch List in 2004, and was named one of Variety's 10 Producers to Watch.
US director Jeff Nicols' debut feature Shotgun Stories premiered at the Berlin Forum in February. It has been described by Variety as "a point-blank buckshot blast of inarticulate American rage" and by Screen Daily as "one of the most striking debuts by a young American director".
The IndiVision Filmmaker Dialogues are being held as part of the SFF's Independent Focus, a selection of international independent feature films produced in innovative styles on budgets of less than A$3 million. Red Road and Shotgun Stories are among the seven films screening as part of Independent Focus.
Tickets for IndiVision Filmmaker Dialogues are free, but places are strictly limited. For more information and to request a place, go to the IndiVision pages on the AFC website.
For more information about SFF's Independent Focus see the Sydney Film Festival website.