Published on Wednesday, 02 November 2011
Metro Screen’s First Break, Breakout and Indigenous Breakthrough film funding and support programs
will fund 13 new films in 2012 and hold an information session at the Open Day on 12 November.
|Funding includes support from Screen NSW and Screen Australia and will be extended to drama, documentary, animation, TV pilots, experimental and transmedia projects. The First Break Film Funding program is for emerging filmmakers, for projects where the writer and director have not produced screen credit in these roles that has been shown at a film festival. Breakout Film Funding is a program for team applicants who are experienced filmmakers, and Indigenous Breakthrough Funding is for experienced filmmakers who identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander Australians.|
|These programs provide cash allocations for production and crew fees, and further funds for equipment and post production facilities, workshops or courses at metro Screen, consultation from professionals to help on scriptwriting and producing, mentors, screenings and other support. They also include 12 months free membership with Metro Screen.
Metro Screen acknowledges Aboriginal elder Lester Bostock and his role as patron of the Indigenous stream of First Break. Deadline for applications is 20 Jan for emerging and experienced filmmakers.
As a Breaks filmmaker from 2011, Miles Szanto said, “Metro Screen has been extremely helpful in getting this film made. If I had a problem with my sound gear, for example, I could call up the hire department and they’d have the answer straight away. If there was a script problem I could call up David Opitz and he gave ideas. It’s nice to have people who are there with a well of ideas to help you through anything you need. It’s been a real asset and would be for any filmmaker.”
An information session will be held 12 Nov at Metro Screen’s Open Day at the "How to make low budget filmmaking work for you" session. At this Open Day you can also attend sessions on Metro Screen’s Practical Filmmaking Certificate IV, short courses, Part Time Certificate IV in Screen and Media and Masterclasses for 2012. You can find out about the Sony PMW-F3 and Canon 5D available from the hire facility, and attend a session with writer Karel Segers for advice on scriptwriting. www.metroscreen.org.au