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Kodak's Student Scholarship Program calls for international entries

25 May 2016 10:38 PM, PDT

2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Kodak's student scholarship program..

The program awards grants to young filmmakers consisting of discounts and sponsorship as well as mentoring..

The international competition is open to university students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, shooting both digitally and on film.

There are three Kodak Student Scholarship Awards (all formats eligible); two Kodak Student Cinematography Scholarship Awards (any format eligible); and the Kodak Vision Award, recognizing an outstanding project of which at least 50 percent was shot on film..

The prizes for the Student Scholarship Awards are as follows:

Gold Award: $5,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $5,000 Kodak Motion Picture Product Grant. (all formats eligible)

Silver Award: $3,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $3,000 Kodak Motion Picture Product Grant. (all formats eligible)

Bronze Award: $2,000 Tuition Scholarship Award & $3,000 Kodak Motion Picture Product Grant. (all formats eligible)

Leading the judging panel is cinematographer John Bailey (Groundhog Day, As Good As It Gets, Silverado, The Big Chill »

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Wildbear teams with China's CCTV10 on Sino-Japanese war doco series

25 May 2016 9:45 PM, PDT

WildBear Entertainment has teamed up with China.s main factual channel CCTV10 on the two-hour co-production The War that Changed the World: The Making of a New China.

The series will broadcast on The History Channel on Foxtel this September.

It consists of two episodes of fifty minutes each, covering the period from the Japanese invasion to the Japanese defeat and utilising footage from Chinese archives not previously seen outside the mainland.

.To most of the world, the Second World War started in 1939, but China had been battling Japan since it invaded Manchuria in 1931", CEO of WildBear Entertainment Michael Tear said..

"Our new series will help correct this misconception and give a voice to China.s experience of WW2, as well as tell an incredibly important story about the context for the development of modern China."

Tear said that it had been "an honour to have worked so closely with »

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Adg awards to be broadcast for the first time ever

25 May 2016 9:16 PM, PDT

Last month's Australian Directors Guild awards are set to be broadcast for the first time in the ceremony's history.

The awards will be broadcast on Foxtel's Aurora Channel on May 29 - this Sunday - at 8pm, with three further broadcasts to follow.

.Aurora is honoured to partner with the Adg to broadcast these prestigious awards", Aurora CEO Phyllisse Stanton said.

"Often overlooked, directors are the heart and soul of a production. This is an opportunity to showcase their work and celebrate some of Australia's brightest behind-the-scenes stars..

.This is a great development for the Adg Awards., said Adg CEO Kingston Anderson.

.The aim of the awards is to highlight the talent of so many of our directors across all genres and the broadcast on Aurora will give our members, the screen industry and the general public a glimpse into the key creators of screen content, directors. It is historic."

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Claire McCarthy to direct Naomie Harris in The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

25 May 2016 6:46 PM, PDT

Claire McCarthy.

The Waiting City's Claire McCarthy is attached to direct The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, about black frontier women in the American Old West.

Doubt's Viola Davis is exec producing after buying the rights to the original novel by Ann Weisgarber, with Skyfall's Naomie Harris set to star.

Su Armstrong and Brian Rosen are producing for their SixtyFourSixty banner, with Julius Tennon exec producing with Davis..

London-based Gfm were shopping the film to buyers in Cannes; Idris Elba was briefly announced as being attached but dropped out.

McCarthy had a busy Cannes, with her Ophelia, starring Naomi Watts and Daisy Ridley, another hot market title.

The director, who contributed a segment to 2013's The Turning but hasn't made a feature since 2009's The Waiting City, is repped by Rgm Artists in Sydney and CAA in the U.S. »

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Jonathan Teplitzky begins shooting Churchill bio-drama with Brian Cox

25 May 2016 5:55 PM, PDT

Brian Cox as Churchill.

Shooting has begun in Scotland on Jonathan Teplitzky's next film, Churchill, starring Brian Cox as the man himself.

The film was written by Alex von Tunzelmann, best known for her Guardian column Reel History,.on the historical accuracy - or not - of certain movies.

Churchill takes place in the forty-eight hours leading up to D-Day in May 1944, and, given it marks von Tunzelmann's feature debut, is presumably unimpeachable on historical grounds.

Joining Cox in the cast are Miranda Richardson as Churchill's wife Clemmie, John Slattery as Eisenhower, James Purefoy as George VI and Ella Purnell as Churchill's secretary.

Teplitzky (The Railway Man, Better Than Sex) said that "to work with Brian Cox and see him play such an icon will be an incredible experience..

Producers are Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter of Salon Pictures with Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford.s Tempo Productions, »

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Stan announces first feature with Screen Queensland-funded The Second

25 May 2016 5:28 PM, PDT

Stan is getting into the feature film game with The Second, a thriller fully funded to the tune of $1 million by Screen Queensland.

Directed by Mairi Cameron, the film will head to the streaming service after a theatrical run..

Stephen Lance wrote the script, about "two female friends whose lives entwine in the pages of an elusive second novel", and produces alongside Leanne Tonkes.

Lance and Tonkes previously worked together on the 2014 feature My Mistress.

.The success of No Activity and Wolf Creek have shown the audience demand for high quality Australian productions and we are excited to be working with the best creative talent in the country to bring more Stan Originals to the screen,. Stan.s Chief Content Officer Nick Forward said.

The project was developed as part of the Qld Originals Fully Funded Features with Stan initiative, in which four Queensland teams developed a feature project with »

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Damian Trewhella pinpoints member events as key to Aacta's game plan

25 May 2016 4:47 PM, PDT

Proof 20th anniversary screening and Q&A.

Growing Aacta's year-round member events program is a key pillar of the organisation's five-year plan, CEO Damian Trewhella said at the AFI-Aacta Agm on Tuesday night..

Guests who have participated in Aacta events over the last couple of years include Andrew Knight, Jeremy Sims, Jan Chapman, Tony Ayres, Joel Edgerton, Richard Roxburgh, Deborah Mailman, Penny Chapman, Ariel Kleiman, Megan Riakos and Ryan Griffen.

.Our member events are providing a platform for the public and the industry to come together to watch, discuss and share insights into great Australian productions and the creative process, and we.re pleased to have expanded our program to include television premieres on the big screen, including our upcoming screening of Foxtel.s Secret City", Trewhella said. .

Other upcoming events include next month.s Directing The Dressmaker Vivid Sydney event with Jocelyn Moorhouse in conversation with Gillian Armstrong and Margaret Pomeranz, »

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Scorsese describes Acmi exhibition as a

24 May 2016 10:18 PM, PDT

Scorsese's The Age of Innocence.

Scorsese, an exhibition celebrating the career of Martin Scorsese, opens at Melbourne.s Australian Centre for the Moving Image tomorrow.

Curated by the Deutsche Kinemathek Museum for Film and Television in Berlin, the exhibition draws on Scorsese.s personal collection.

.Acmi, Australia.s only centre dedicated to the moving image, is the only place that could present this Australian exclusive event", Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said. "It.s yet another creative drawcard that will inspire cinema fans and another example of why Victoria is the creative state..

Acmi CEO Katrina Sedgwick said: .It.s an honour to be taking audiences on a ride through some of the most exhilarating filmmaking of all time in Scorsese. Scorsese.s passion for the moving image spans feature film, documentary and television, along with a fervent commitment to the preservation and celebration of our cinematic history. When »

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Scorsese describes Acmi exhibition as a "great honour" in video message

24 May 2016 10:18 PM, PDT

Scorsese's The Age of Innocence.

Scorsese, an exhibition celebrating the career of Martin Scorsese, opens at Melbourne.s Australian Centre for the Moving Image tomorrow.

Curated by the Deutsche Kinemathek Museum for Film and Television in Berlin, the exhibition draws on Scorsese.s personal collection.

.Acmi, Australia.s only centre dedicated to the moving image, is the only place that could present this Australian exclusive event", Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said. "It.s yet another creative drawcard that will inspire cinema fans and another example of why Victoria is the creative state..

Acmi CEO Katrina Sedgwick said: .It.s an honour to be taking audiences on a ride through some of the most exhilarating filmmaking of all time in Scorsese. Scorsese.s passion for the moving image spans feature film, documentary and television, along with a fervent commitment to the preservation and celebration of our cinematic history. When »

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Sharmill Films picks up Juliette Binoche-starrer Slack Bay out of Cannes

24 May 2016 9:32 PM, PDT

Juliette Binoche in Slack Bay.

Sharmill Films has acquired Bruno Dumont.s Slack Bay (Ma Loute), starring Juliette Binoche, out of Cannes.

Slack Bay premiered in official competition, and is about the disappearances of tourists from a picturesque coastal community in the north of France in 1910, and the increasingly bizarre behaviour of the local townsfolk.

Binoche co-stars with Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

Dumont's credits include L'il Quinquin, Camille Claudel 1915 and Hors Satan.

The film received mixed reviews at Cannes, with THR's Todd McCarthy calling it "arresting".and The Telegraph's Tim Robey labelling the film "hard to swallow".

Slack Bay's rural period setting and its apparently idiosyncratic, darkly comic tone would suggest that Sharmill are shooting for The Dressmaker crowd, with Binoche subbing in for Kate Winslet.

No release date has yet been set. »

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"The grammar of filmmaking is very different": Vr comes to Sydney Film Fest

24 May 2016 9:03 PM, PDT

Film curator and festival programmer Mathieu Ravier first experienced virtual reality at SXSW in 2013.

"Back then it was pretty crude", Ravier told If.

"The big breakthrough that was needed to make Vr palatable for audiences was to fix a tiny but very significant lag between your head movement and the image following. And that tiny fraction-of-a-second lag would actually make people feel nauseous. That's what happened to me at SXSW when I tried it for the first time."

A few years later and with the technology much improved, Vr is coming to the Sydney Film Festival in the form of Down the Rabbit Hole: Virtual Reality at the Hub, a Vr sidebar programmed by Ravier at Sydney's Town Hall.

"I think Vr technology is coming of age, and it was the right time to bring it into Sydney Film Festival", he said.

"Obviously the festival's been developing its interest in »

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Sally Riley appointed Head of Scripted Production at ABC TV

24 May 2016 7:26 PM, PDT

Sally Riley.

Sally Riley, formerly ABC TV.s Head of Indigenous, has been apppointed to the newly created role of Head of Scripted Production, responsible for running the Fiction, Comedy, Indigenous and Children's production teams.

Since joining ABC TV in 2010, Riley has worked on Black Comedy, Gods of Wheat Street, 8Mmm Aboriginal Radio, Redfern Now and Cleverman.

.Sally is an incredibly accomplished television executive, and over many years she has nurtured and developed the Indigenous production sector", Richard Finlayson said, "so that today it stands as one of the most innovative and vibrant parts of the industry in Australia."

.There has never been a more exciting or competitive time to be in scripted production and the ABC is well placed to take advantage of increasing demand for quality content. For that reason, it's very satisfying to be able to recognise outstanding talent within our own ranks at the ABC..

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Sally Riley appointed the Head of Scripted Production at ABC TV

24 May 2016 7:26 PM, PDT

Sally Riley.

Sally Riley, formerly ABC TV.s Head of Indigenous, has been apppointed to the newly created role of Head of Scripted Production, responsible for running the Fiction, Comedy, Indigenous and Children's production teams.

Since joining ABC TV in 2010, Riley has worked on Black Comedy, Gods of Wheat Street, 8Mmm Aboriginal Radio, Redfern Now and Cleverman.

.Sally is an incredibly accomplished television executive, and over many years she has nurtured and developed the Indigenous production sector", Richard Finlayson said, "so that today it stands as one of the most innovative and vibrant parts of the industry in Australia."

.There has never been a more exciting or competitive time to be in scripted production and the ABC is well placed to take advantage of increasing demand for quality content. For that reason, it's very satisfying to be able to recognise outstanding talent within our own ranks at the ABC..

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Brooke Goldfinch talks shadowing Ridley Scott on the set of Alien: Covenant

24 May 2016 6:29 PM, PDT

Brooke Goldfinch.

Brooke Goldfinch is one of 21 emerging filmmakers shortlisted for the Lexus Short Film Fellowship, set to be announced at next month's Sydney Film Festival.

The four winners will receive $50,000 each to make a short, which will then premiere at the 2017 festival.

Goldfinch studied filmmaking at Nyu, and her short, Red Rover, won her the award for best direction in an Australian short at Flickerfest earlier this year.

In what is shaping up as a banner twelve months, she also beat out a record number of applicants to become one of two director's attachments on the set of Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott's sequel currently shooting in Sydney.

"Last week we were doing night shoots and it was so cold", Goldfinch told If..

"My wardrobe is becoming better at dealing with the cold weather. I don't know why four and a half years in New York didn't teach me »

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Southern Cross Austereo partners with Seven on Rio Olympics

24 May 2016 4:31 PM, PDT

Southern Cross Austereo (Sca) will partner with the Seven network as the official commercial FM radio broadcaster of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Sca will broadcast selected events from Seven.s broadcast and streaming channel coverage of the Games from August 6-22.

The network is also launching a new bespoke Dab+ digital radio channel called .7 Rio Live. which will run live audio simulcast of the events coverage from 5:30am to 1pm Aest each day.

.I.m thrilled that Sca is entering into this partnership with the Seven Network", Sca CEO Grant Blackley said..

"With the largest radio reach in Australia and a bespoke digital radio channel called '7 Rio Live', all Australians, regardless of where they are, will be able to get the best audio coverage of all the action in Rio..

Seven West Media Chief Revenue Officer Kurt Burnette said: .We are delighted to be in a partnership »

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Screen Nsw names Sophia Zachariou Head of Development and Production

23 May 2016 8:46 PM, PDT

Sophia Zachariou.

Sophia Zachariou has been appointed Screen Nsw's new Head of Development and Production only three months after she became Screen Nsw Production and Development Executive.

Prior to that Zachariou was Deputy Head of Entertainment at ABC TV, where she developed iView comedy series Fresh Blood as well as.Canberra Al Desko with Annabel Crabb, and was the network Ep on Kitchen Cabinet with Annabel Crabb, Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey, The Chaser's Media Circus, The Chaser.s War on Everything, Saturday Night Crack Up, Agony, The Checkout and At the Movies.

She replaces Mark Hamlyn, who has resigned to return to active production after four years in the post.

.Sophia has a brilliant film and television brain, a deep respect for screen creatives and a passion for innovation", said Screen Nsw CEO Courtney Gibson.

"She will bring tremendous energy to the work we do and we.re thrilled »

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Screen Nsw sets Sophia Zachariou as Head of Development & Production

23 May 2016 8:46 PM, PDT

Sophia Zachariou.

Sophia Zachariou has been appointed Screen Nsw's new Head of Development and Production only three months after she became Screen Nsw Production and Development Executive.

Prior to that Zachariou was Deputy Head of Entertainment at ABC TV, where she developed iView comedy series Fresh Blood as well as.Canberra Al Desko with Annabel Crabb, and was the network Ep on Kitchen Cabinet with Annabel Crabb, Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey, The Chaser's Media Circus, The Chaser.s War on Everything, Saturday Night Crack Up, Agony, The Checkout and At the Movies.

She replaces Mark Hamlyn, who has resigned to return to active production after four years in the post.

.Sophia has a brilliant film and television brain, a deep respect for screen creatives and a passion for innovation", said Screen Nsw CEO Courtney Gibson.

"She will bring tremendous energy to the work we do and we.re thrilled »

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The Katering Show is most watched iView original ever with over a million plays

23 May 2016 6:34 PM, PDT

The Katering Show hosts L-r Kate McLennan and Kate McCartney.

The Katering Show season two has had over one million plays on iView since launching April 15, becoming the most watched original series in the short history of iView commissions.

The eight-part web-series is written by and stars Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan, who said jointly: .1 million plays of The Katering Show season two on ivue (sic). We can.t believe it. That.s over half the population of Australia."

ABC Head of Audience and Digital Rebecca Heap said that her Mo was to .commission digital first content to build the audience for unique Australian perspectives on our culture across all platforms. The Kates nailed the brief..

ABC Head of Comedy Rick Kalowski agreed that .to have shocked and appalled such a huge number of viewers with The Katering Show Season 2 is a dream come true..

Screen Australia Investment Manager, Multiplatform Mike Cowap said, »

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Aftrs and Western Sydney's I.C.E join forces in nurturing young talent

22 May 2016 6:30 PM, PDT

Mentor Devris Hasan with Granville Boys High students.

Aftrs has teamed up with Western Sydney's Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E) to help young people looking for a pathway into the screen industries.

Their first .joint initiative was a four day workshop at Aftrs last week for Year 9 and Year 10 students from Granville Boys High School.

Fifteen students were taught filmmaking and editing techniques in Aftrs' studios and edit suites by filmmakers Devris Hasan and George Basha.

"This is an exciting partnership between I.C.E. and Aftrs, introducing Year 9 and 10 students from Granville Boys High to pathways towards careers in the screen industry", said I.C.E Executive Director John Kirkman..

"It combines Aftrs' expertise in delivering industry-focused training with I.C.E's community engagement processes with Western Sydney communities...

Aftrs CEO Neil Peplow said: .Aftrs is very pleased to partner with I.C.E to offer workshops »

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Two Aussie producers will head to Tiff for co-production masterclass

22 May 2016 6:07 PM, PDT

Applications are open for the Producers Lab Toronto, running during this year's Toronto International Film Festival and designed to facilitate co-production and networking..

Screen Australia will select two Australian producers and provide up to $5,000 travel support per producer..

The Lab is an initiative organised by European Film Promotion in collaboration with the Ontario Media Development Corporation and Tiff, and brings together producers from Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Taking place over three days, from September 6-9, it's open to producers who have co-production experience or a sufficient track record as a viable co-production partner..

Applicants must have produced at least one feature film, with priority given to producers who have had a recent film released domestically, sold internationally and screened at a significant international festival.

The deadline for applications is Friday 17 June. Decisions will be made mid-July.

More info here. »

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