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$500,000 up for grabs for feature
10 hours ago
Screen Australia.s multi-platform drama program has the scope to invest up to $500,000 in a low budget feature- yet not one feature producer has applied.
The fund, which has $4.2 million to invest this financial year, is willing to support feature-length projects from applicants who have a significant social media audience.
That.s defined as a channel with more than 100,000 subscribers or followers, or a video with more than 1 million views and at least 25,000 subscribers.
The creative team must include a producer and director with at least one credit on a comparable project which has been publicly released.
Screen Australia.s report entitled Issues in Feature Film Distribution unveiled last Thursday noted, .To date, Screen Australia has received no applications for low-budget feature films through this program..
Investment manager Mike Cowap tells If he believes he has not been flooded with applications because the guidelines were clarified, specifically to include low-budget features, »
- Don Groves
Tom Cruise wins over the haters
14 hours ago
The anti-Cruise factor seems to have dissipated, at least among cinemagoers, judging by last weekend's opening for Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.
The $150 million Paramount/Skydance picture amassed $5.15 million, including $137,000 in previews, up 21% on the 2011 debut of Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
In 27 of 32 international markets, the action-adventure co-starring Rebecca Ferguson, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner registered the biggest opening of Cruise.s career. (His personal best here is still The War of the Worlds. $6.5 million in 2005).
Written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (who wrote Valkyrie, Edge Of Tomorrow and Jack Reacher, which he also directed), the fifth instalment of the franchise rang up an estimated $56 million in the Us and $65 million in the rest of the world.
Australian exhibitors were impressed with the opening, »
- Don Groves