A Capital Region and Snowy Mountains Film and Television Tour will take place in late October 2005 with a group of writers, producers, directors and location managers from Sydney travelling to a number of locations throughout the region. The tour will take in Goulburn, Canberra, Merimbula, Candelo, Nimmitabel and Jindabyne. ScreenACT and the National Capital Authority will host a function for the group while they are in Canberra to promote ACT locations and capabilities of the local film sector.
The Tour is a NSW Government initiative organised and funded by the Department of State & Regional Development and the NSW Film & Television Office and is the fifth of its type in NSW. ScreenACT’s Robert Pickles will accompany the tour in his role as Regional Production Liaison Officer.
Electric Shadows cinema will be working with independent cinema group, Dendy Cinemas, to establish a new multi-screen cinema complex in the Section 84 Development on Bunda Street, Canberra City. The cinema complex, expected to open late in 2006, will have nine screens and will program a wide selection of ‘alternative’ art-house films as well as the best of mainstream releases. In the meantime, Electric Shadows will continue as usual at its current venue.
Canberra filmmaker Tim Lear has made the finals of the 0-10 minute category of the Home Brewed International Film Festival. Tim and his film “Date with Death” stand to win $4,000 cash. One of Australia’s major film festivals, Home Brewed will be screening at Canberra Shorts on Thursday, 3 November 2005 from 8pm. So go along and support one of the ACT filmmakers and celebrate his success, while enjoying the best short films served up in Canberra this year. Further details about Home Brewed can be found at www.homebrewed.com.au.
SNOWYfest Canberra Shorts and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) have formed an alliance for the screening of a specially commissioned series of student animations. Screening at each Canberra Shorts in 2006, the alliance will provide the students with hands on experience working to a client’s brief, while showcasing the great work being done at AIE.
The Canberra Short Film Festival celebrates its tenth year screening best national and locally produced short films. Congratulations to the Canberrans who made the shortlist for 2005. For a list of those who made the Shortlist, please visit: www.canberra.edu.au/filmfest/shortlists.html.
Scinema Science Film Festival
Congratulations to two Canberra Filmmakers, Matthew Higgins who won Best Film at Scinema 2005 for his nature documentary, “What’s Happening at Number 99?” and James Hunter who won The Secondary Schools Competition for his documentary “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Physics”. For further information about this Festival, visit: www.csiro.au/scinema/.