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General Suggestions - All Filmmakers 0

General Suggestions - All Filmmakers

Overview

MAKING A START…

The following links and pages offer a basic guide to the support and funding networks serving the feature film, television and online media communities. The information is intended for both entry-level filmmakers and those from other fields with a passion for a subject they want to translate into a film or media project.

(Last update: 25 October 2013)

Networking - how to connect with the relevant people in the industry?

JOIN AN INDUSTRY GROUP:

Industry Groups are a great way to meet filmmakers. Their websites are a mine of information and their staff can help with quick advice. Some offer reduced membership fees for emerging filmmakers and also helpful services, like discounted rates for script assessments. If you go into production, you may need to deal with them anyway.

Here is a selection of the major industry groups:

Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA)

Australian Director's Guild (ADG)

Australian Writers' Guild (AWG)

Special Interest Group in Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques

Visual Effects Society (VES) Contact co-chairs James Whitlam or Jason Bath for information about the Sydney chapter.

Australia Cinematographer Society

Australian Guild of Screen Composers

Australian Screen Editors Guild

Australian Production Design Guild

Game Developers Association of Australia

International Game Developer Association

XMedia Lab 

OTHER WAYS TO CONNECT

New South Wales is home to educational and community film organisations, which offer important support.

Metro Screen offers a comprehensive program of events, training courses and contacts specifically targeted to emerging filmmakers. Review their home page and see what is right for you.

Metro Screen

The Australian Film Radio and Television has a of range public events that offer stimulating background on filmmakers and significant productions. See their ‘Friday on my Mind’ events section of their website below as a taste.

Friday On My Mind events at AFTRS

Women in Film and Television offers support and public events to women filmmakers.

Women in Film & Television NSW (WIFT)

POPCORN Taxi is a series of screenings and public events deigned to foster discussion among filmmakers. Attending is an easy way to join the discussion with the wider media community.

Popcorn Taxi

OTHER WAYS TO GET ‘OUT THERE.’

VOLUNTEER AT A FILM FESTIVAL

Festivals are always in need of extra help, and it's a great way to meet people in the industry. Film Festival World is a good resource for international festivals and it also has information about some of the Australian festivals.

The Sydney Film Festival also has a great volunteer program.

Networking online.

It is easy to join the creative professional networking site - The Loop

What options for funding are available in NSW and are there alternative ways to fund?

CROWD SOURCED FINANCING

This can be a great way for emerging filmmakers to find support for their projects. All types of production from low budget feature films to web sites have had their projects partly financed this way. Put your project online and get the international community to help you fund it.

Here are two sites that offer a fuller explanation:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdfunding

http://metroscreen.org.au/the-power-of-crowdfunding-corporate-social-responsibility-combined/

Here is a sample list of websites that support crowd sourced financing:

Kickstarter

IndieGoGo

Kachingle

Pozible

CHECK THE GUIDELINES FOR FUNDING AT THESE ORGANISATIONS

Metro Screen

Information & Cultural Exchange

Documentary Australia Foundation

Regional Arts NSW

Screen NSW

Screen Australia

APPROACH A LOCAL BUSINESS FOR SPONSORSHIP

In exchange for providing a sponsorship toward a portion of the expenses for the film, you could offer to somehow include a local business in the film and also add their name/logo to the credits.

Most businesses would be happy to have a film crew at their location, as long as you don't get in the way, as cameras usually draw the attention of prospective customers. It might be a café, or a clothing store, or a car dealership, or a pub. There is an endless list of possibilities...just look in the phone book or have a walk around your neighbourhood for some ideas.

APPROACH A CORPORATION FOR SPONSORSHIP

Screen NSW does not endorse any specific companies. You will need to do your own research to determine if a company's sponsorship guidelines are appropriate for your purposes.

APPROACH A COMMUNITY ORGANISATION OR LOCAL COUNCIL FOR A GRANT OR MATCHED FUNDING

City of Sydney

Directory of NSW local councils

NSW community organisations

CREATE A FACEBOOK/WEBPAGE/TEASER/BLOG and post it online to generate interest.

HAVE A LOOK AT Fearfreefilmfundraising Blog Spot, a resource which has lots of interesting information for independent filmmakers.

Multiplatform - is there any advice available about how to create projects that will use various platforms, and do you have some examples?

Check out Metro Screen's blog for relevant articles.

Mike Jones is an awarding winning writer and producer across traditional and new media forms who also lectures at the Australian Film TV & Radio School.  Read his blog on experiences and ideas.  

Metro Screen offer short courses in multiplatform, as well as an advanced diploma.

Watch these Ted Talks on multiplatform potential:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9SlVedmnw4&feature=player_embedded

Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, a New York-based digital production company, is a pioneer of transmedia storytelling and an expert at incubating new entertainment franchises, strategic planning and production for cross-platform implementation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhqWyhMGRLg

Dan Hon is a senior member of the Wieden + Kennedy London creative department, specializing in games, play and new ways of storytelling. In 2007 Dan founded with his brother Adrian, Six to Start, an award winning entertainment production company.

Are there any Australian companies that can help me create a cross-platform strategy?

A list of Australian cross platform developers can be found on this website Christy's Corner of the Universe

Try this link from Screen Australia about – “thinking outside the box office.” http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/marketing/seminars_forums/default.aspx

Lists of companies can be found at the following association websites:

The Games Developers Association of Australia

The International Games Developers Association of Australia

TSUMEA – Australian and New Zealand Games Development

 

 

I live in regional NSW. Where can I go for filmmaking resources?

Check out the following sites if you live outside Sydney. While all regional offices offer advice, some also run workshops for emerging filmmakers:

Regional Filming Contacts 

Film Permit Contacts

Regional Arts Networks 

Screenworks

Copyright - where can I get information specifically for filmmakers and broadcasters?

Copyright is important for protecting your project. For details about just what it actually is see this link from Wikipedia.

You can find comprehensive information at the Australian Copyright Council. Check out the ‘Information Sheets’ section here.

 

What sales and screening opportunities are there for short films?

Screen Australia has produced a Short Film Marketing Guide which has a wealth of information about how to go about marketing your film, along with several lists of links to festivals, on-line marketing/sales opportunities, and international broadcasters and distributors.

Click here for the Short Film Marketing Guide.

Explore Withoutabox – a great way to make easy entry into multiple festivals.