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BLUE On Tour Oceans Film Festival, 30 November – 3 December 2012

Environment Tasmania and Ocean Planet, with support from Screen Tasmania and Screen Australia presents the BLUE on Tour Oceans festival in Hobart. This international film festival and conservation conversation uses the power of film to educate and inspire audiences on ocean issues.

Raw Nerve 2012 Industry Screening and Q & A Session

Raw Nerve 2012 Industry Screening and Q & A Session, Thursday 10 January 2013

BOFA 2012 Highlights

BOFA 2012 Highlights

BOFA takes top award at PRIA Golden Target Awards for Excellence

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (BOFA) has been awarded state honours at the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) Golden Target Awards 2012 (Arts) for its PR campaign run by Tsuki.

An outstanding opportunity for Tasmanian scriptwriters

The Tasmanian Breath Of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival, Screen Tasmania, Final Draft and the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) are proud to present a joint initiative for Tasmanian performance writers.

Fast Track Your Career with Gold Pass: Producer’s Attachment Opportunity

Screen Tasmania, in association with Screen Australia and Matchbox Pictures, is delighted to announce the first silverScreen Gold Pass attachment opportunity.

New Head of Factual ABC TV

Phil Craig, one of the most experienced and highly-respected international factual executive producers, has today been appointed ABC TV’s Head of Factual. He will take up his position at ABC TV on Monday, 29 October in Sydney.

Screen Australia Comes to Hobart

Screen Australia Hobart Public Information Session: Monday, 27 August 2012

The First Fagin: world premiere at MIFF 2012

The Tasmanian feature documentary drama, The First Fagin, a Screen Tasmania supported production had its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) as part of the Australian Showcase on Thursday, 16 August 2012. 

Screen Tasmania: mid-winter networking event

Screen Tasmania invites you to an industry networking event at the State Cinema.

Screen Tasmania Q & A Session

Screen Tasmania Q & A Session: Posie Graeme-Evans in conversation with Hugh Marks

Longest Night Film Festival 2012

The State Cinema breathes new life into the Longest Night Film Festival with a program of Polar adventures and exploration.

Gold Pass Attachment Program

Screen Tasmania, with Screen Australia, announces the Gold Pass attachment program.

Flickerfest in Tasmania

Flickerfest, Australia's only Academy (R) accredited short film festival, celebrates its 21st birthday by touring to Hobart and Cygnet in March 2012.

Breath of Fresh Air Film Competition

Breath of Fresh Air film competition sponsored by Tourism Tasmania.

Screen Tasmania's Factual Entertainment Seminar

Screen Tasmania presents its Factual Entertainment Seminar for Tasmanian screen practitioners.

AFTRS presents Running A Creative Business course

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School will be holding the Running Your Own Creative Business one-day short course in Tasmania in February 2012.

WAT and ACS present Sandi Sissel

Wide Angle Tasmania and the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Cinematographers Society are hosting a screening and a “Q and A” session with acclaimed cinematographer, Sandi Sissel ASC

Screen Tasmania supported productions win AACTA awards

The Hunter and My Place Series 2 win at the inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards

Blue Rocket wins at SPAA!

Congratulations to Blue Rocket Productions for winning the 2011 SPAA Independent Producer Awards "New Media" category for their My Place 2 website.


Blue Rocket Productions produced the online component of the Logie award-winning ABC3 television show, My Place, which goes to air earlier this year.

My Place Part 2 received investment support from Screen Tasmania and Blue Rocket produced a rich interactive world for those who wanted to experience more of the show. My Place won the Logie for Most Outstanding Children’s show in 2010 and Blue Rocket also produced Part 1 of the website that featured in the launch of ABC3 in late 2009.

At the time of the website's launch in June, Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings said "The amazing new website expands the story incorporating the characters and stories that will feature in My Place Part 2 on ABC3."

"The show and website tell the stories of 26 children over 260 years, from before European settlement to 2008, all of whom have a habit of getting into some sort of trouble.
"Screen Tasmania invested $100,000 in the show, and the spend in Tasmania was over $280,000, representing over 90 per cent of the online budget and employing more than 15 crew.”
"Tasmania is building a national reputation for its quality online content creation, with the same team producing the website for another multi-million dollar television production, The Straits."

Congratulations to Blue Rocket from everyone at Screen Tasmania!


Q and A with Oscar nominated Australian director

This week the State Cinema is screening four exclusive sessions of David Bradbury’s On Borrowed Time, with the opportunity for the audience to join David tonight for a Q and A.

Bradbury is a twice Oscar nominted film maker whose first film was 1981's Front Line, a portrait of Tasmanian-born news cameraman Neil Davis in Vietnam. The film received an Academy Award nomination and also won first prize at the Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals.

Q and A with ABC TV Documentaries Commissioning Editor

Screen Tasmania invites you to join Chris Thorburn, Commissioning Editor of Contemporary Documentary at ABC TV Documentaries, for a one hour Q and A on Friday, 11 November.

AFTRS 2012 applications closing - last day November 1

AFTRS has a fantastic offering of 2012 courses open for applications at the moment for people wanting to study at Australia’s national screen arts and broadcast School.

So for those filmmakers who are ready to step up - don’t miss out you have until COB November 1, to get those applications to our Sydney campus!

Full details on all courses:

Flickerfest 2012: Deadline for entries extended

The call for entries for Flickerfest 2012 is now open online at, with the deadline extended to 7 October 2011.

Australian Writers' Guild October meeting in Hobart

Please join the Australian Writers' Guild (AWG) and this month’s special guest, ABC Radio presenter Michael Veitch, for its October meeting in Hobart.

AFTRS Graduate Diploma in Documentary

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) is offering a groundbreaking full-time course created to provide the next generation of documentary makers, with a level of excellence in training it says is not offered at any other institution in Australia.

6 October: Nationwide opening of The Hunter

Filmed in Tasmania with the support of Screen Tasmania, Porchlight Films' The Hunter will go on wide national release next week. 

23–27 November 2011: MyState Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival

The MyState BOFA Film Festival celebrates the power of film to affect positive change in a modern world.

Arts Law Seminars for Emerging Screen Practitioners

Robyn Ayres from Arts Law will present two seminars for emerging screen practitioners, covering a number of legal issues specific to the screen industry. This will be a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of some of the legal issues that experienced screen practitioners regularly face.

Flickerfest 2012 - Call for Entries Deadline Extended

Flickerfest has extended its deadline for entries to September 23, 2011. Celebrating its 21st year,  Flickerfest, Australia’s only Academy Award accredited and BAFTA recognised Short Film festival, and its largest short film competition, is accepting entries from Australia and around the world, for the 2012 Festival.

Get your films into DigiSPAA 2011 today!

Made a digital feature film in the last year? Over $40,000 in prizes to be won! Australian and New Zealand filmmakers have just one month remaining to enter their films into 2011 DigiSPAA digital filmmaking competition.

Ross Grayson Bell - High Concept Seminar

AFTRS, Screen Tasmania and Wide Angle Tasmania invite you to join Ross Grayson Bell, the Australian-born producer of FIGHT CLUB and now the Head of Screenwriting at AFTRS, for an evening seminar exploring high concept film.

"Australian filmmakers have embraced ‘High Concept,’ millions around the globe have flocked to see those stories. From three drag queens in the outback, to a pig that wants to be a sheep dog, ‘High Concept’ films have worked for us in the past and will do so again." Ross Greyson-Bell

Screen Australia Documentary Unit Afternoon Tea

The Screen Australia Documentary Unit invites you to an informal meeting to discuss documentary funding programs, All Media, offset reforms and the new Producer Equity program.

This special event will be held at Screen Tasmania's offices in Hobart on Tuesday 9 August 2011 at 5pm.

Bali High Wedding Premieres This Weekend

For most mothers, organising a lavish wedding is stressful enough, but what if you are also an Australian-born Balinese royal princess expected to supervise complex Hindu traditions stretching back centuries?

Roar Film's latest film Bali High Wedding hits the small screen this Sunday, July 24 on ABC1 at 10pm.

Documentary On The Big Screen

Bob Connolly is one of Australia’s leading documentary makers who made one of his early films, a 35mm cinema short created to show the audience what would be lost if the Franklin River was flooded to build a dam, in Tasmania working with the Tasmanian Film Commission.
His latest film, the hit Australian documentary Mrs Carey's Concert will premiere in Hobart on July 14th, and is a must for any aspiring documentary filmmakers.

Big Weekend Reminder

A handful of events to keep filmmakers and film-lovers happy are taking place in Hobart this weekend. Horror and Hippies will be in show, with more info to be found in this Wide Angle press release.

WOW! 18th World Of Women Film Festival 2012

WIFT NSW is calling for entries to the fabulous 18th WOW Film Festival scheduled to celebrate International Women’s Day,  2012 screening for 3 days from 6th - 8th March 2012 to celebrate women in filmmaking.
The WOW – World of Women Film Festival will screen a diverse program of the best short films made with key creative input by women, Australian and International.

A Busy July For Tasmanian Filmmakers

There are a host of events on the filmmaking calendar for July, starting with the Tasmanian Filmmakers networking drinks on the 10th before a series of masterclasses the following weekend.

Tasmanian Filmmakers Group networking function

For the few in the Tasmanian film community that don't use Facebook, there is now an active Tasmanian Filmmakers Group with over 150 members.

And they thought it was time to have a social gathering for the purposes of meeting, greeting, socialising, pitching, recruiting, enthusing, inspiring, drinking and nibbling!

*** UPDATED *** Emerging Tasmanian Documentary Makers Take Note

Screen Australia and ABC TV Documentaries are calling for proposals from emerging filmmakers nationwide. Opening Shot is a series of up to 6 x 29-minute documentary films made by filmmakers 35 years and under to premiere at prime time as a series on ABC2.

*** UPDATE *** The eligibility criteria have been updated and closing date extended, see this press release for further information.

Two Great Wide Angle Opportunities Coming Up

A couple of exciting oportunities coming up presented by Wide Angle Tasmania, the opportunity to spend the weekend at a workshop with Heather Oxenham should not be missed!

Cooper Screen Academy Open For Enrolments!

Cooper Screen Academy Director, Sara Cooper (ABC's My Place, Channel Ten's My Brother Jack, Channel Nine's Pixel Pinkie, Bettamilk campaigns and much more) has announced a wide range of events taking place throughout Tasmania's winter.

The Academy is a great place to be seen with Jane Binning from Jane Binning Casting viewing students at a recent class. Jane has cast popular TVC campaigns including the zany Bettamilk Frank and Nikki series and was thrilled to meet the students and see their work.

Stop Press !! Screen Tasmania Supporting Tasmanian Writers - Last Minute Offer

Screen Tasmania has made four subsidised places available to Tasmanian resident writers for this weekend’s AFTRS “Introduction to Writing for Television” workshop with Vicki Madden. This is your chance to learn techniques from a former writer and story producer of “The Bill”.  Vicki also worked with Lynda La Plante on “Trial and Retribution” and “The Commander”.

AFTRS Writing For Television Course

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) is presenting an exciting course for those wishing to learn more about writing for the small screen.

With Screen Tasmania providing dedicated development and investment funding for television projects this year, this course could not come at a better time.

Job Opportunities In Adelaide!

There are significant opportunities for Tasmanian screen industry professionals with Rising Sun Pictures looking for a large number of senion VFX artists, supervisors and production staff.

Teams are being put together for major projects including "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" and "Green Lantern".

Consultation Period Update

Week one of Screen Tasmania's consultation process seeking comment on the draft Strategic Plan and 2011 - 2012 Funding Program Outlines has finished with the industry sessions held so far providing a lot of very positive comment.

There is still plenty of time to provide feedback, and a nother chance to discuss the drafts at a facilitated discussion taking place at the Screen Tasmania office at 4pm on Wednesday 20 April 2011.

Strategic Plan consultation process launched, drafts now online

Screen Tasmania has released for industry comment a Consultation Draft of its five year Strategic Plan and outlines of proposed new funding programs. This is an important stage in the finalisation of the Strategic Plan and input from all areas of the screen industry is welcomed.

Tasmanian Success At Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Big news from the Melbourne Queer Film Festival with two of Director / Producer team Rebecca Thomson and Rogan Brown's films picking up awards this week. Both of the winning films were made with the support of Wide Angle Tasmania

Call For Tasmanian Entries For MIFF

2011 marks the 60th anniversary of Melbourne’s premiere film event, the Melbourne International Film Festival. To celebrate MIFF are inviting all filmmakers – professional, amateur, semi-professional and other – to submit a shot film and go into the running to win a prize never offered in the 60 year history of the event.

Calling Cannes 2011 Attendees

Screen Australia will be offering a range of services and initiatives for Tasmanians during the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. If you or any of your colleagues are planning to attend Cannes this year, Screen Australia would like you to send your details as soon as possible. This will ensure you are included in all communication regarding Australian activities and events being held.

Screen Tasmania Is Offering Subsidised Places For Two Upcoming Courses Being Held In Hobart

Tim Ferguson’s Narrative Comedy Masterclass and Molly Reynolds’ Storytelling In The Digital Age through AFTRS.
Applicants should fill out the relevant application forms and return them to Screen Tasmania by COB Wednesday March 24th.

Dungog Film Festival Update

Time flies and before you know it that essay is due in twelve hours, your tax return is way way overdue, and to top it all off it's time to submit your film to the Dungog Film Festival (May 26-29).

The team at DFF know exactly how it feels to have a deadline sneak up on you. But don't panic just yet, you have until Monday 21 March to submit your gob smacking Australian film to this ever-popular festival.

New Screen Tasmania Chair and Board Members

The Premier and Minister for the Arts, Lara Giddings, today congratulated Brian Rosen on his appointment as the new Chair of the Screen Tasmania Board.

The appointment coincides with the addition of Screen Tasmania to the Arts portfolio in recognition of the cultural, artistic and economic, contribution the Tasmanian screen industry makes to the state.

Tim Ferguson Brings The Secrets Of Comedy Writing To Tasmania

Do you have an idea for a Sitcom but don’t know where to start? Do you want to write a comedy Feature Film? Do you want to be a comedian?
World-renowned comedian, writer and producer, Tim Ferguson (Doug Anthony Allstars, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush) is bringing his acclaimed two-day comedy-writing Masterclass to Tasmania.

Flickerfest Lands In Tasmania from March 17 - 19

Celebrating its 20th birthday this year and remaining Australia’s only Academy Accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival Flickerfest roars around the country on it’s 30-venue national tour, heading south to Tasmania  for 3 days of the best of Australian and International Shorts.

AFTRS Tasmania – March and April 2011 Short Course Program

AFTRS are offereing a series of courses over March and April, covering Documentary Development, Storytelling in the Digital Age and Back to Basics – Camera & Sound.

ABC Tv Arts & Adelaide Film Festival Announce New $400 000 Partnership

Last night at the opening of the Adelaide Film festival (AFF), the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Mike Rann announced ABC TV Arts & Entertainment and the AFF are joining forces to create the HIVE Production Fund.

The Fund will support the production of selected arts-based films and documentaries. ABC TV and the AFF will each contribute $200,000 to the Fund.

Screen Australia and YouTube map the Australian summer with Dr George Miller

Let's show the world what summer in Tasmania means to us! Screen Australia has announced its collaboration with YouTube on the national online initiative, YouTube Map My Summer, which aims to engage the nation in sharing the collective Australian summer experience.

Your Chance To Comment On The Future Of The Australian Screen Production Sector

The Tasmania screen industry has until Friday 11th March to submit comments to the Federal Government following today's release of its Review Of The Australian Independent Screen production Centre.

The full review paper can be found here and comments on the report should be emailed to the Minister for the Arts, The Hon Simon Crean MP.

Mr Crean said the review finds significant improvement in the Australian film and television industry and a major lift in Government investment.

Wide Angle Tasmania Calls For Entries For Raw Nerve 2011

Now in its fourth year, Wide Angle Tasmania has attracted financial assistance from Screen Australia to allow up to four talented emerging Tasmanian filmmakers to create their first short film through the Raw Nerve Initiative.

ATOM Awards

The ATOM Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in film, television, animation, multimedia and interactive games.   This year the ATOM Awards program will feature awards across three categories – Student (School and Tertiary), Educational / Vocational and General.   Finalists will be announced on August 5th and winners will be announced at the ATOM Awards night in Melbourne on Friday 21st October.   For more information about the Atom Awards and entry details visit: 


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