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Centralised opens up interactive storytelling

First Nations screen creatives in South Australia and the Northern Territory can dive into the world of interactive storytelling in an exciting new workshop presented by the SAFC and Screen Territory.

The Centralised Interactive Storytelling Workshop is the latest initiative launched under the Centralised program, which supports First Nations screen creatives in SA and NT through specialised funding and development opportunities.

Run by interactive media expert Brett Cullen, the two-day intensive workshop will introduce participants to design concepts, strategies and ideas for storytelling via interactive platforms such as VR, AR, digital games and more. 

SAFC CEO Kate Croser said: "The SAFC is pleased to launch this exciting new opportunity for First Nations storytellers in South Australia and the Northern Territory. Along with our recently announced ground-breaking Games Rebate, this initiative is yet another way the SAFC is supporting games and interactive creatives, and boosting First Nations practitioners to further develop their skills and expand their career horizons."

Screen Territory Director Jennie Hughes said: "We are delighted to be collaborating with our Centralised partner SAFC on such a great initiative. This is a fantastic opportunity for our First Nations screen practitioners both in SA and NT. The Centralised Interactive Storytelling Workshop is open to SA and NT First Nations practitioners only, but places are limited so interested participants need to be quick to secure a place!" 

The Centralised Interactive Storytelling Workshop is open to SA and NT First Nations practitioners only, and places are limited. Registrations are open now until 5.00pm ACST on Friday 21 August.

Find out more and register here.

Screen Makers program announces key guest

Mercury CX has announced acclaimed Australian director Daina Reid as the opening guest for its newly rebranded Screenmakers Connect 2020 conference next month.

Reid, who is set to shoot SAFC supported feature film Run Rabbit Run in South Australia next year, will be joined by Mercury CX CEO Karena Slaninka in a special behind-the-lens in-conversation to kick off the two-day virtual conference on Wednesday 26 August, providing first-hand insight into her career and her experience working in the US on hit productions such as The Handmaid's Tale.

Screenmakers Connect 2020 (formerly the Screenmakers Conference) will also feature an In Conversation event with UK executive producer, writer and showrunner Pete McTighe (Dr Who, Wentworth, Glitch) live from London, a "State of the Screen" panel discussion with industry leaders, and a Virtual Production Think Tank about the cutting-edge new technologies transforming the screen industry.

The popular Pitch-o-rama competition will also return with $15,000 in prizes, co-funded by ABC iview and Mercury CX. Entries for Pitch-o-rama close 10 August.

Screenmakers Connect 2020 runs online August 26-27. Registrations are open now at screenmakersconference.com.au


Image: Daina Reid, image supplied.

New global film lab for female creatives opens

Applications are now open for Attagirl, a new feature film development lab designed to support female and non-binary filmmakers from around the world.

Launched by For Film's Sake (FFS) and supported by Screen Australia’s Enterprise program, Attagirl will support up to 12 majority female and/or non-binary creative teams in a 10-month incubator program, with project mentors guiding each team through a series of three development workshops.

The program was originally set to include travel to international festivals, but has now switched to a virtual version due to COVID-19.

Applications close 11.30pm ACST on Sunday 16 August, with South Australian creatives encouraged to apply. Find out more at attagirl.online 

Attagirl is supported by the SAFC.


Image: Attagirl, image supplied.

I Am Woman ready to roar in AFF screenings

New feature film I Am Woman will have its Australian premiere screenings on August 22 and 23 in a special Adelaide Film Festival event. 

Starring Adelaide's own Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Hotel Mumbai, 52 Tuesdays), I Am Woman tells the inspirational life story of Helen Reddy, the fiercely ambitious Australian singer behind the 1971 anthem that became the rallying cry of the women’s liberation movement.

Directed by Unjoo Moon, produced by Rosemary Blight and Unjoo Moon, and sound mixed at the SAFC's Adelaide Studios in Glenside, the film also stars Danielle MacDonald (Unbelievable, Dumplin’) and Evan Peters (American Animals). 

The film will screen simultaneously on Saturday August 22 at 7pm at Palace Nova East End, Palace Nova Prospect and Wallis Mitcham cinemas, with encore screenings on Sunday August 23 at 1pm.  A recorded Q&A with Unjoo Moon and Tilda Cobham-Hervey will also screen at each cinema. 

Adelaide Film Festival CEO and Artistic Director Mat Kesting said: "The Adelaide Film Festival is incredibly proud to be presenting I Am Woman to Adelaide audiences who are in for a huge treat."

SAFC CEO Kate Croser said: "The South Australian Film Corporation is proud that Unjoo Moon and Rosemary Blight chose the SAFC’s world class Adelaide Studios facilities for the sound mix for I Am Woman, a film in which music is an essential part of the story. We are thrilled South Australian audiences will be able to experience the film in cinemas where the artistry of South Australia’s post sound experts can be truly appreciated."


I Am Woman was made with the support of the internationally renowned Adelaide Film Festival Investment FUND. The film is a STAN Original Film, produced by Goalpost Pictures.

Tickets on sale now from adelaidefilmfestival.org.


Image: Tilda Cobham-Hervey in I Am Woman, image supplied.

New SAFC program guidelines out soon

As flagged in our Strategic Plan 2020-2023 announcement earlier this month, the SAFC will consult with industry on changes to our programs arising out of the new Strategic Plan.

Draft guidelines for all new and changed programs will be published on the SAFC website on Monday 3 August, with consultation open for two weeks until Monday 17 August.

SA Screen Sector members can provide feedback on the new and changed guidelines via email at feedback@safilm.com.au

Stay tuned to the SAFC website on Monday for the release of the guidelines.

Applause: accolades, awards & appointments

South Australian foley artist Adrian Medhurst has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series for his work on HBO's Westworld episode "Parce Domine". It's the second Emmy nomination for the Adelaide Studios based artist, after he was nominated in 2009 for Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming for Kino FilmsGlass: A Portrait of Phillip in 12 Parts. Read more

● New Adelaide Studios mixed feature film The Furnace, an 1890s drama set during the gold rush in WA and starring David Wenham and Erik Thomson, will have its world premiere in the Horizons section at the Venice Film Festival. Post sound mix on the project was recently completed in the SAFC's Adelaide Studios Mixing Theatre with South Australian re-recording mixer Pete Smith, CAS, re-recording mixer/sound effects editor Duncan Campbell, and ADR mixer Pete Best, with support from Adelaide Studios post sound technicians Carlos Manrique Clavijo and Yvonne Murrray. Read more

 Adelaide's Closer Productions (The Hunting, In My Blood It Runs) is one of 15 recipients to be awarded Enterprise Funding from Screen Australia. Closer will use the funding to undertake business planning to explore partners in the international marketplace, with an aim to co-finance distinctive Australian projects that speak to global audiences. Read more

Image: The Furnace, supplied.

NEWS IN BRIEF
  • Screen Australia has this week launched a COVID-19 Budget Support Fund, covering additional costs for green-lit productions to implement their COVID-Safety and Risk Assessment Plans. Read more
  • US Forbes magazine has praised South Australian filmed and produced ABC and Netflix drama series Stateless in two separate reviews. In the first, reviewer Dana Feldman says she "loved it from start to finish", saying "enough cannot be said of how well-done this six-episode limited series is." In the second, the show is listed as a critic's pick, with the declaration that it "should be on everyone's watch list". 
  • In a new interview with Stack magazine Director Francis Annan says Adelaide was "perfect" for filming new SAFC supported feature film Escape from Pretoria. Read more
  • Audiences strolled the red carpet for the Adelaide Film Festival's recent cinema premiere screenings of Escape from Pretoria. See the photos
  • Port Pirie game developer Steven Lovegrove is developing new game Blob Person for commercial release with the help of Adelaide-based gaming studio On Tilt Interactive after participating in the Federal Government’s Level Up Regional Games Development initiative, delivered by Mercury CX. Read more
  • The Far South Film Festival runs online on 23 August, showcasing films by regional Australian filmmakers. Tickets go on sale Wednesday 5 August. Read more
UPCOMING EVENTS
If you'd like to submit an online screen sector event please email us
NOW
Maralinga Tjarutja: Behind the Documentary


Missed our livestream Q&A with Maralinga Tjarutja Director Larissa Behrendt and SA actor Elaine Crombie? Never fear! You can catch the replay on our Facebook page now. Auslan interpreted.
Watch now
Various dates & times
Escape from Pretoria


Still keen to catch SA shot and SAFC supported feature Escape From Pretoria on the big screen? Thanks to our friends at Adelaide Film Festival you can, with more screenings added at Palace Nova East End Cinemas through to next week.
Session times & Tickets
NOW
How to Be Anti-Racist in the Arts


What can the creative sector do to advance racial equity? Industry leaders including Diversity Arts Australia Executive Director Lena Nahlous and writer Benjamin Law discuss the issue to launch the DARTS Creative Equity Toolkit. Auslan interpreted. 
Watch now
Thursday August 6 | 6.30pm
Running Free Live: The Healing Ahead


SAFC CEO Kate Croser joins other State Agency and Federal funding body Heads in this live Youtube panel discussion on the path forward for Australian screen industries and how practitioners can rebuild their resilience.
Find out more
Thursday August 6 | 5.30pm
Is AI the Future of TV?


Story Hack presents this keynote with Guy Gadney, founder of storytelling technology Charisma.ai, about the company's recent work on Sky UK show Bulletproof, interactive graphic novels, and more 
Find out more
Friday August 7 | 3.30pm
Agniyogana - The Path of Hatha Yoga


Catch the SBS screening of this Adelaide Studios mixed documentary which explores classical Hatha Yoga. Also available on SBS On Demand after the broadcast.
Find out more

Discover and enjoy #MadeinSA

Discover more than 140 great SA made and SAFC supported films, shows, documentaries and more - all available to watch right now on demand - in our new SA Made Showcase.
GRANTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
  • Entries for AATCA Pitch: Isolation in partnership with Monster Pictures close 3 August. Read more
  • Entries for AACTA Pitch: Charging Creativity Short Film program close 12 August. Read more
  • Submissions for the Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2021 close 28 August. Read more
  • Entries for the Queer Screen Pitch Off close 30 August. Read more
  • Applications for Carclew's Projects Grants, Capacity Building Grants and Fellowships close 1 September. Read more
  • Entries for the Nextwave Youth Film Competition close 21 September. Read more
  • Entries for Flickerfest 2021 close 9 October. Read more
  • Entries for the 2021 Fleurieu Film Festival close 23 November. Read more
  • Rising Sun Pictures is hiring for a Senior VFX Producer in its Adelaide office. Read more
  • The SAFC's Pirrku Kuu Hub co-working space for First Nations screen practitioners is once again open for bookings. Read more
  • South Australian crew and screen service providers can list their details for free in the SAFC's Crew and Services Directory. Read more
Don't forget: You can check all current SAFC open grant rounds any time at our online grants portal: safilm.smartygrants.com.au

Our commitment to diversity and accessibility

The SAFC is committed to supporting increased participation for people from groups under-represented in the screen industry including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, practitioners from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, Deaf or disabled people, LGBTQIA+ communities and screen practitioners from regional and remote areas. If you have access requirements for any aspect of SAFC operations please let us know by emailing programs@safilm.com.au
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