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SAFC Reconciliation Action Plan launched

TThe SAFC is continuing its commitment to reconciliation by this week launching the second stage of its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for 2020-2022.

Administered through Reconciliation Australia, a RAP is a strategic document that sets out practical actions to drive an organisation’s contribution to reconciliation, both internally and in the communities in which it operates, through the development of meaningful relationships and opportunities for First Nations peoples.

The SAFC’s RAP, titled "Innovate", details the agency’s ongoing commitment to developing long-term, beneficial and reciprocal partnerships with First Nations peoples and communities in the screen industry, and supporting and amplifying the extraordinary stories and creative voices of South Australia’s First Nations screen sector.

The SAFC’s Innovate RAP, the second in a four-stage process, will build on the successes achieved through the agency’s previous Reflect RAP (2018-2020), which included the launch of Centralised, a ground-breaking program supporting First Nations filmmakers and screen creatives in South Australia and the Northern Territory; the release of Deadly Family Portraits, an ABC iview documentary series by South Australian First Nations filmmakers; the establishment of the SAFC’s First Nations Screen Strategy Committee; and the recent appointment of the SAFC’s First Nations Industry Development Executive, as well as a raft of free training and upskilling workshops and development opportunities across Adelaide and regional South Australia.

SAFC CEO Kate Croser said the Innovate RAP, which is being released ahead of the agency’s new First Nations Screen Strategy being launched later this year, is an important step in the SAFC’s ongoing commitment to supporting the state’s First Nations screen sector.

Read more about the SAFC RAP and download it here.


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Adelaide Film Festival 2020 program out now

The Adelaide Film Festival is set to be one of the first film festivals to be able to return to cinemas this year, with its 2020 program officially launched this week.

The jam-packed program contains 22 World Premieres, 27 Australian Premieres and 10 Galas with films from more than 40 countries across 12 days from October 14 to 25.

The South Australian screen sector is well represented, including screenings for SAFC supported films 2067, Awoken, Chasing Wonders, I Am Woman, Last Meal, Secret Pretty Things, System Error, The Circadian Cycle, This is Port Adelaide, When Pomegranates Howl, and YOLO Crystal Fantasy.

"Festivals are about bringing people together and we are so lucky in South Australia to be able to do this during this challenging time," said AFF CEO and Creative Director Mat Kesting.


"We have taken great care with this year’s program to celebrate our local and national talent within a broader international context. We have consciously selected work we hope will have broad appeal and there will be something for everyone."

Minister for Innovation and Skills The Hon David Pisoni MP said: "Our screen industry plays an important role in growing our state’s economy and culture, and taking our creativity and enterprise to global audiences. The Adelaide Film Festival is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and showcase our screen industry."


The program also includes 2020 Don Dunstan Award recipient, SA producer Bruna Papandrea (Big Little Lies, Wild, The Nightingale), in conversation with AFF patron Margaret Pomeranz AM, and a retrospective of late SA director Craig Lahiff and SA producer Helen Leake’s SAFC supported 2002 feature Black and White.

AFF opens Wednesday 14 October with the world premiere of Adelaide Studios shot sci-fi thriller 2067, directed by Seth Larney and produced by We Are Arcadia, Futurism Studios and South Australia’s KOJO Entertainment.

Browse the program and buy tickets to all events now at 
adelaidefilmfestival.org

Image: Quim Gutierrez and Jessica Marais in Chasing Wonders, photo by Sam Oster.

SA producer among Attagirl recipients

A South Australian produced feature film project has been selected alongside 12 others from the UK, Sweden, Canada, US and Nigeria for the inaugural global Attagirl program.

Common Ground from SA producer Carolyn Johnson (pictured above), with NSW writer/directors Eve Spence and Amin Palangi, is one of six Australian projects chosen for the international program, a development lab specifically for feature films by female and non-binary creative teams.

The lab includes three workshops over 10 months focusing crafting of innovative story, audience and marketplace strategies, with the successful filmmaking teams paired with experienced project mentors to create production and distribution pathways for the films.

Attagirl is financially supported by Screen Australia’s Enterprise Business and Ideas funding program, and other Australian and international screen agencies including the SAFC.


SAFC CEO Kate Croser said: "We are delighted to support South Australian producer Carolyn Johnson through the Attagirl initiative, which provides valuable new pathways for female creatives to connect with the international marketplace and explore international financing opportunities."

Read more about Common Ground in this Inside Film article here.

Read more about all the selected projects here.


Image: SA producer Carolyn Johnson, image supplied.

New Teenage Boss a showcase of SA talent

South Australian teenagers and their families star in the second season of ABC children's series Teenage Boss, which premiered on ABC ME last week.

Shot entirely in South Australia with all local families and teenagers, and local crew, the hit show's return season is a true showcase of South Australian talent. 

Hosted by star mathematics teacher Eddie Woo, Teenage Boss sees a range of teenagers from diverse families put in charge of the monthly budget to teach them and their parents valuable lessons about financial responsibility and planning.

Under Woo’s mentorship, we follow the teenagers through the ups, downs, fun and fear of the real world financial challenges their parents have to face every day, but they’ll be taking on for the first time.

Production crew included SA field producers Alison Wheeler, Kath McIntyre and Kym Slaby and SA researchers Caroline Man, Georgia Humphreys and Anthony Frith.


Teenage Boss season two is now available for streaming on ABC iview.

Image: Eddie Woo in Teenage Boss, image courtesy ABC.

We're hiring: Executive Assistant to the CEO

The SAFC is seeking a highly proficient and motivated professional administrator for the position of Executive Assistant to the CEO, to provide vital support to the Chief Executive Officer and the Board.

Applications are invited from versatile, enthusiastic and highly organised professionals with demonstrated experience in a comparable executive support role. A positive, calm and thoughtful approach, meticulous attention to detail, high level verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills, warmth and diplomacy are all essential qualities. Demonstrated experience providing support to a Board and working within Government or a similarly regulated environment will be well regarded.

This is a rare opportunity to provide vital support to the South Australian Film Corporation CEO and Board at a time of strong growth for the South Australian screen sector.

The South Australian Film Corporation promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. First Nations peoples, Deaf and disabled applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

For more information, and to apply, go to iworkfor.sa.gov.au and search for Job ID 398401.

In other staffing news: the SAFC also bids farewell to long-serving staff member Melissa Eldridge, who left the agency last week after nearly 13 years of service. Starting at the SAFC as Program Coordinator, Mel also worked as Associate Executive, Attraction and Adelaide Studios before working in an acting role as Studios Manager.

"On behalf of the organisation I’d like to thank Mel for her hard work, dedication and commitment to South Australia's screen industry. Mel has been a much valued member of the SAFC team for over a decade and has always embodied key SAFC values including being supportive, can-do and being service-oriented," said SAFC CEO Kate Croser.

Enquiries about Adelaide Studios bookings and filming in South Australia can be directed to SAFC Production Executive Julie Ryan at julie.ryan@safilm.com.au

Image: Adelaide Studios, photo by Kelly Barnes

Applause: accolades, awards & appointments

SA filmed and produced and SAFC supported ABC series Are You Tougher Than Your Ancestors has been selected for the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. The series from SA producer Vanna Morosini of Flying Kite Pictures, with Sticky Pictures, has also been nominated at the 2020 ATOM Awards for Best Children's Television Program and Best Factual Television Series. 

SA filmed and produced ABC children's series First Day premiered in the US this month after being bought by Disney owned streaming service Hulu. Produced by SA's Epic Films in association with SA's KOJO Entertainment, First Day has been praised by US LGBTQ advocacy organisation GLAAD for its sensitive depiction of a young girl's experience being transgender.  Read more

● SA filmed and produced and SAFC supported feature film Chasing Wonders has been picked up by Arclight Films for worldwide distribution rights, with sales launching at the upcoming virtual TIFF market. Produced by SA's Anna Vincent, the Met Film and SLA Films production will premiere at the 2020 Adelaide Film Festival in October. Read more

● Adelaide game developer Mighty Kingdom is reaching more than 238 million daily Snapchat users around the world with Sugar Slam, one of 20 games available to play on the global messaging app. Read more

SA short film The Loop is a finalist in the 2020 ATOM Awards in the Short Documentary category. Directed and written by Lorcan Hopper and Johanis Lyons-Reid, and produced by Jennifer Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell, the film was developed and produced as part of the SAFC's Full Tilt initiative with SBS to support SA content makers with disability. Read more

Adelaide Studios mixed feature The Furnace has received rave reviews upon its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival this week. Read more

SA filmed and SAFC supported Tim Minchin dramedy Upright has been nominated for Best International Drama at the 2020 Edinburgh TV Awards. Read more

SA filmed and produced and SAFC supported rom com Never Too Late won Best of Show at the Accolade Global Film Competition, as well as an Award of Excellence for actor James Cromwell. Read more

● Adelaide based screen creative Mandy Keulen was a finalist in the AACTA Pitch: Charging Creativity initiative for her project Life Lessons. Read more

Image: Ghenoa Gela in Are You Tougher than Your Ancestors, image supplied.

NEWS IN BRIEF
  • New dating series Recipe for Love by Marion Pilowsky and Georgia Humphreys of SA's Corner Table Productions has finished production in Adelaide, supported by Mercury CX and is set to broadcast on Channel 44 early next year. Read more
  • SA producer Kristian Moliere (The Babadook) has teamed up with US producer Rebecca Green (It Follows) for a feature adaptation of Small Spaces, a young adult novel by Australian author Sarah Epstein. Read more
  • SA filmed and produced and SAFC supported rom-com Never Too Late will hit Australian cinemas on October 29 on approximately 150 screens nationally. Read more
  • ABC Adelaide went behind the scenes of Closer Productions Aftertaste to see how the production is continuing through the COVID restrictions. Watch it now
  • The official trailer is out for SA filmed and produced and SAFC supported feature film 2067, produced by We Are Arcadia, Futurism Studios and SA's KOJO Entertainment. Read more
  • SAFC CEO Kate Croser, Mighty Kingdom Head of Product Ella Macintyre and other industry leaders including from NITV, Screen Australia and Matchbox Pictures share their tips on how to forge a screen career in this article from Screenhub. Read more
  • Adelaide game developers Foxie Games are inviting feedback on their game Dino Tamers via an online survey. Read more
  • Australian director Unjoo Moon talks about her new SAFC supported feature I Am Woman in the latest podcast from Screen Australia. Read more
  • Adelaide born actor Kate Box, who starred in SAFC supported series Upright and Stateless, has been profiled in the Sydney Morning Herald. Read more
  • The SAFC has launched an Other Support & Resources page on its website, listing links to helpful information and industry resources for the screen industry. Read more
UPCOMING EVENTS
If you'd like to submit an online screen sector event please email us
Saturday 12 September | 11.30am
The Women Behind Disney's Mulan


WIFT Australia presents a special In Conversation event with Mulan Director Niki Caro and cinematographer Mandy Walker (ACS, ASC), sharing their unique insights into the creative process of Disney’s new live-action production. 
Find out more and register
Tuesday 15 September | 9.30am
DTI Creative Industries Webinar: Practical applications of VR


Learn about the practical applications of VR in this free webinar presented by the SA Department of Trade and Investment featuring Justin Wight of Adelaide Studios based digital studio Monkeystack.
Find out more & register
Friday 18 September | 9.30am
DTI Creative Industries Webinar: Tech for virtual productions 


Learn about the hottest new Hollywood tech driving next-gen film making in SA 
in this free webinar presented by the SA Department of Trade and Investment featuring SAFC Head of Production and Development Beth Neate, and industry leaders from KOJO, Rising Sun Pictures and more.
Find out more & register
Friday 18 September | 6pm
Premiere: Love, Guns & Level Ups


From SA's Fury Fingers Films, this new SA made and produced original web series is an action-packed rom-com about video games and modern dating. Catch the premiere on Fury Fingers' YouTube channel. Supported by Screen Australia and YouTube through the Skip Ahead Initiative, and by the SAFC. Photo by Anders Wotzke Photography.
Watch the trailer now
Tuesday 29 September | 2.00pm
DTI Creative Industries Webinar: Rebate for Games Development 


Join SAFC CEO Kate Croser and Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA) CEO Ron Curry in a discussion about the SAFC's new SA Video Game Development Rebate, presented by the SA Department of Trade and Investment.
Find out more & register
5-7 October | 9.30am to 5.00pm 
Games Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP)


Australia's premier professional development and networking event for the game development industry is happening virtually this year. Don't miss the keynote from Philip Mayes, Founder and CEO of SA's Mighty Kingdom (pictured above) on the future of games development funding.
Buy tickets

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 the Sydney Women's International Film Festival close 13 September. Read more
  • Applications for the Poplabs Incubator focused on social impact through storytelling close 18 September. Read more
  • Entries for the Nextwave Youth Film Competition close 21 September. Read more
  • Entries for the 2020 AACTA Awards Visual Effects or Animation category close 21 September. Read more
  • Entries for the 2021 Melbourne Women in Film Festival close 25 September. Read more
  • Submissions for the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission close 28 September. Read more
  • Entries for the Screencraft TV Pilot Screenwriting Competition close 30 September. Read more
  • Entries for the Screencraft Virtual Pitch Competition close 30 September. Read more
  • Entries for the 3 | Thirty Animation Competition close 30 September. Read more
  • Entries for the AACTA Reg Grundy Award close 4 October. Read more
  • Entries for Flickerfest 2021 close 9 October. Read more
  • Entries for the Australian Production Design Guild's Thelma Afford Award for Costume Design in Stage and Screen close 30 October. Read more
  • Entries for the Animal Logic Entertainment Screenplay Competition close 15 November. Read more
  • Entries for the 2021 Fleurieu Film Festival close 23 November. Read more
  • Applications for Screen Australia’s Temporary Interruption Fund close 28 May, 2021 unless funds are exhausted prior. Read more
  • Applications are open for the Australian Cultural FundRead more
  • KOJO is hiring for a Senior Post Production Producer in its Adelaide office. Read more
  • Rising Sun Pictures is hiring for a Senior VFX Producer in its Adelaide office. Read more
  • Foxie Games is hiring for nine roles in its Adelaide office including Senior Game Designer and Game Art Manager. Read more
  • The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA) has released an updated list of Government Incentives for Australian Game Developers. 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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