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SAFC launches three year Strategic Plan

The SAFC this week launched its Strategic Plan for 2020-2023, outlining a vision for the future of the agency and three-year plan for stimulating the recovery and growth of the wider SA screen sector.

Unveiled by SAFC CEO Kate Croser in a special online livestream event on Tuesday, the plan details measures designed to support, position, and champion SA screen businesses to achieve creative excellence and prosperity, contributing to a robust state economy and creative vibrancy.

 
Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni last year established the SA Screen Advisory Committee, comprised of a group of highly experienced screen industry leaders from the SAFC, Adelaide Film Festival and Mercury CX (formerly the Media Resource Centre), along with industry representatives to oversee the growth of screen related industries and job opportunities in the state.

"I am pleased to see a commitment to collaboration and coordination between the SAFC, Adelaide Film Festival and Mercury, and endorse their streamlined approach to delivering the best outcomes for the entire sector," Minister Pisoni said.

"I congratulate the SAFC Board and staff, and CEO Kate Croser on the launch of this new vision for the future, as Adelaide and SA continue to deliver as Australia’s most exciting centre of screen innovation.”

Ms Croser said the strategic plan delivers actions and business initiatives to meet the SAFC’s strategic aims: to Enable Entrepreneurship, Grow Capability, Champion South Australia and Deliver Operational Excellence.

"As the state’s leading screen authority and investment body, the SAFC has created a roadmap for the next three years to develop and diversify our local talent, develop cohesive career pathways and ensure a pipeline of production work and production activity for our screen service companies," she said.

"In growing our capability we will create the environment to expand and diversify the bench of experienced crew, and the pool of credited key creatives, and grow the economic contribution of screen service companies.

"In championing SA, we maximise the profile of our world-class facilities and competitive incentives and rebates, which enhance the capacity of the local sector and the state’s attractiveness as a production location.

"This multi-pronged strategy will increase both inward investment in SA screen businesses and export revenue while maximising the value of South Australian screen Intellectual Property.

"The entire Strategic Plan sits under the umbrella of the SAFC’s commitment to the industry and our stated organisational values: being Supportive, 'Can Do', Trustworthy, Open, Professional and Inclusive.

"The SAFC looks forward to working collaboratively with industry stakeholders to build a stronger SA screen sector together."

Head to the SAFC website to r
ead more about the plan, download a copy, watch the SAFC's Vision for the Future trailer or watch a replay of SAFC CEO Kate Croser's livestream presentation with Auslan and Closed Captioning. 

Image: SAFC CEO Kate Croser, photo by Claudio Raschella.

SA welcomes Location Incentive extension

The State Government and the SAFC have welcomed today's announcement of a $400 million extension to the Federal Government's Screen Location Incentive.

"Today’s announcement is great news for jobs in the screen sector – we know for every two jobs created in the screen industry, another job is supported elsewhere in the economy, in hospitality, travel, accommodation and trades," Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said.

"South Australia has increased its investment in high value international production in recent years, with productions including the state’s biggest ever screen production Mortal Kombat demonstrating the state’s capacity to deliver. Mortal Kombat has provided a strong pipeline of work through the entire SA screen sector, including significant work for our world class Post Production, Digital and Visual Effect companies.

"The Federal Location Incentive has great benefits for local jobs for our crews, vendors and the thriving PDV sector, with high value international productions not only providing employment but also priceless training and upskilling opportunities."

The SAFC has also helped to develop a new set of national working guidelines for COVID-19 safe screen production which provide practical guidance and support for Australian screen businesses to enable screen production to resume across Australia.

"With SA one of the safest places in the world right now, and one of the first places in the world to resume production, the state is ideally placed to take a slice of this new fund in the post-COVID recovery," Minister Pisoni said.

SAFC CEO Kate Croser said: "Today’s announcement from the Federal Government provides an excellent boost to the important work we have been doing to support South Australia’s production sector. SA is one of the first places in the world to restart new screen production, with new ABC comedy Aftertaste from Closer Productions currently in pre-production at Adelaide Studios.

"We know there is significant amount of footloose production around the world looking for a new home, estimated by Ausfilm to be worth more than $900 million, and SA is perfectly positioned to attract it to our State.

"This extension of the Federal Location Incentive program will greatly assist South Australia to bid for that production and position our Screen Sector strongly to contribute to the economic recovery of our State post-COVID."

Feature film The Alchemyst, by Adelaide-based AMPCO Studios and produced by SA producer Mario Andreacchio, is one of the productions to have been funded so far through the scheme.

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SA YouTube stars set for debut feature film

Adelaide directing brothers Danny and Michael Philippou, the award-winning creators behind hit YouTube channel RackaRacka, are set for their feature film debut, supported by Screen Australia and the SAFC.

Horror film Talk To Me will be produced by Causeway FilmsSamantha Jennings and Kristina Ceyton, the producers behind breakout horror hit The Babadook, multi-award winning The Nightingale, ground-breaking zombie film Cargo and the internationally acclaimed Buoyancy.

The film follows lonely teenager Mia who becomes hooked on the thrills of conjuring spirits through a disembodied hand. But when she is confronted by a soul claiming to be her dead mother, she becomes increasingly plagued by supernatural visions, and must decide whether to trust the living or the dead. 

Danny Philippou is co-writing with RackaRacka collaborator Michael H Beck, with the film to be shot in SA in 2021. 

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Image: Michael and Danny Philippou of RackaRacka, image supplied.

Meet our round two Games Fund recipients

Five distinctive projects by SA games developers have been awarded in the second round of the State Government’s $300,000 Games Innovation Fund

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said the Fund, which is administered by the SAFC, is targeted to enable SA game makers to develop and retain South Australian original IP in what is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, estimated to be worth almost $200 billion globally.

"These five projects not only represent the breadth of creativity amongst South Australia’s game makers, they also demonstrate the potential for games to be used in serious applications across various industries such as the healthcare and education sectors," Minister Pisoni said.

The recipients are:


● Jason Di Benedetto and Michael Fischetti, Blue Moon Games
Burden - A character-led horror adventure in which players must uncover the dark secrets of a mysterious island and lighthouse.


● Fiona Percival, YoPunky Pty Ltd 
Mindless Senseless Game - A fun and quirky runner game aimed at teenage girls that teaches tips about safe partying.


● Quincy Geary, Monomyth Games 
Pre-Crime - Use AI to see into the future to predict, investigate and prevent crimes before they happen in this fun mystery-solving game.


● Split Symmetry  
Tech Hunter - A treasure hunting and exploration game set on a remote planet, in which players must complete puzzles to escape. 


Kosta Canatselis, Mutiny Games 
The Woolpack Inn - A detective mystery adventure game set in an alternate 1800s Australia that doubles as a medical tool, assisting healthcare providers to assess dementia in patients.

SAFC CEO Kate Croser said: "Along with our ground-breaking new Games Rebate announced last month, the Games Innovation Fund is another way the SAFC can support South Australia’s thriving Games sector, and continue in our commitment to support and develop South Australian screen content IP.

"As well as the Fund itself, the SAFC supports screen creatives by providing skills development to local games developers, with 20 teams taking advantage of free professional mentoring by experienced developer and SAFC Games Consultant Vee Pendergrast as part of their application process, and all applicants offered a free two-day workshop on games marketing. 

"I congratulate the successful developers, who not only impressed with their projects but also demonstrated an understanding of the global market and the unique offering to their target audience."


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Image: Tech Hunter by Split Symmetry, image supplied.

Screenmakers program announced

Mercury CX has announced its flagship Screenmakers Conference will return August 26-27 as Screenmakers Connect 2020, a virtual event with world-class keynotes, live Q&A sessions, one-on-one career mentoring and a live pitching competition with a $10,000 first prize.

Key parts of the program have been announced today, including an In Conversation event with UK Executive Producer, Writer and Showrunner Pete McTighe (Dr Who, Discovery of Witches, Wentworth, Glitch, Nowhere Boys) live from London.

Also on the two-day program will be 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.

New to the conference this year will be "Career Makers", an opportunity that matches emerging and advancing creatives with professional industry practitioners for 30-minute career mentoring sessions.

And the ever popular Pitch-o-rama competition returns with a $10,000 prize up for grabs, co-funded by ABC iview and Mercury CX. This year’s online Pitch-o-rama has been extended to include both short and long-form projects and in addition to the cash prize, the winners will receive tailored development services from Mercury CX.

Mercury CX CEO Karena Slaninka said: "Presenting Screenmakers Connect 2020 in an online environment makes it even more accessible to creators both locally and nationally.

"It’s a cracking program with significant opportunities for network building at a great rate, while still delivering the quality and value that we’re known for.

"We are thrilled to announce the first part of our program today and look forward to making more announcements in the coming weeks."


Registrations are open now at screenmakersconference.com.au

Image: Pete McTighe, image supplied.

SA productions scoop national awards noms

South Australian productions and practitioners have scooped nominations at the Australian Directors' Guild Awards.

SA Director Sophie Hyde (pictured) received two nominations, one for Best Direction in a Feature Film for Animals, and another for Best Direction in a TV Mini Series for The Hunting episode four.

She is up against directors of other SAFC supported and SA filmed and produced productions in both categories: Director Wayne Blair in the feature film category for Top End Wedding, and Director Emma Freeman in the TV category for Stateless episode three.

SAFC supported and SA produced documentary In My Blood it Runs also scored a nomination for Best Direction in a Documentary Feature for Director Maya Newell, while SA filmed and SAFC supported shows Upright and The Letdown season two scored nominations in the Best Direction in a TV Comedy Series category.


Winners will be announced on October 19 at a ceremony in Sydney. For the full list of nominees, go to adg.org.au/news/adg-awards-2020

The Hunting is also a finalist in the Equity Ensemble Awards in the Miniseries category, with The Letdown season 2 also up for an award in the Comedy category.

Run by the MEAA’s National Performers’ Committee, the awards honour outstanding performances by Australian small screen ensembles. Winners will be announced later this year. For the full list of finalists go to equityfoundation.org.au


Image: Sophie Hyde, image supplied.

NEWS IN BRIEF
  • The new Deloitte Risk Assessment Tool for productions, commissioned by the SAFC, has now been downloaded from the SAFC website more than 240 times. Screenhub Editor David Tiley spoke to SAFC Head of Production Beth Neate and Producer Bec Summerton about how the tool is transforming the industry. Read more
  • SA filmed and produced and SAFC supported children's series First Day will air in the UK after being picked up by the BBC for its children’s channel CBBC. The UK sale adds to the catalogue of international sales for the series which so far includes YLE (Finland), NRK (Norway), SVT (Sweden) and MOMOKIDS (Taiwan). First Day is produced by Epic Films in association with KOJO Entertainment. Read more
  • Sophie Hyde, Bec Summerton and Matthew Bate of Adelaide's Closer Productions spoke with Inside Film about their new ABC comedy series Aftertaste, currently in pre-production at Adelaide Studios, and the vital support they are receiving from the SAFC. Read more
  • SA filmed and SAFC supported feature Never Too Late, produced by SA producer David Lightfoot, received a positive review in Variety upon its US cinema and SVOD release last week. Read more
  • New Nintendo game Boomerang Fu, due for release in August, features work by Adelaide animator David Smith. Read more
  • Adelaide Directors and YouTube sensations Michael and Danny Philippou, aka RackaRacka, spoke to The Advertiser about their upcoming debut feature film Talk To Me. Read more
  • Adelaide actor Gordon Poole, who had roles in SA made and SAFC supported films Bad Boy Bubby, Shine and Wolf Creek as well as iconic Australian TV series such as A Country Practice, has died at the age of 94. His funeral was held in Adelaide on Wednesday.
UPCOMING EVENTS
If you'd like to submit an online screen sector event please email us
From Thursday 23 July
ATX Festival Q&A: Upright


Stars of SA filmed and SAFC supported series Upright Tim Minchin and Milly Alcock are joined by US producer, filmmaker and actor Judd Apatow for a special Q&A as part of the ATX Festival in Austin, Texas. Watch the session for free on YouTube from Thursday.
Find out more
Wednesday 29 July | 6.00pm
Maralinga Tjarutja: Behind the Documentary


Join director Larissa Behrendt and producer Darren Dale for a special livestream Q&A about their SAFC supported ABC documentary Maralinga Tjarutja, hosted by SA actor Elaine Crombie. (Rescheduled from original date of 9 July.)
Register
Tuesdays | 10.00am
IGEA Coffee Catch-Up

Members of the Australian games industry can network in this weekly Zoom session hosted by the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association. 
Join the Zoom call
Wednesdays + Fridays
ACMI Running Free Workshops
 

ACMI and Media Mentors present Running Free, a twice-weekly series of workshops for screen industry professionals and enthusiasts, livestreamed via Youtube.

Find out more
Wednesdays + Fridays
Australia Council Creative Connections Webinars

Zoom webinar series for the cultural and arts sectors delivered by industry experts. More than 25 past sessions are available to watch in the archive.
Find out more
Fridays | 11am
Silver Screen @ Home with SBS
 

Join Karena Slaninka and Ryder Grindle from Mercury CX for a virtual morning tea every Friday, chatting about various films screening on SBS World Movies.

Find out more & watch past sessions

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 Far South Film Festival close 11.30pm ACST TONIGHT, Friday 17 July. Read more
  • Entries for the 2020 AACTA Awards are open now, with entries for Short Form and Online closing 20 July, and Television, Film and Documentary closing 27 July. Read more
  • Applications for Carclew and Country Arts SA's Make Games Now program close 28 July. 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
  • 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
  • Applications are open now for AACTA's new range of Memberships. Read more
  • KOJO is hiring for a Post Production Producer in its Adelaide offices. Read more
  • Rising Sun Pictures is hiring for two roles in its Adelaide office: Senior VFX Producer and Senior Rigger. 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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