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January 2021

Environmental Film Festival Australia Presents: Summer of Change

January 21 - February 4

EFFA (Environmental Film Festival Australia) Presents: Summer of Change is the second of four seasonal programs taking place across 2020 and 2021, featuring a series of documentaries, features and shorts available on-demand. For summer, the festival is celebrating "visionaries, innovators and disruptors" currently fighting to protect and preserve the integrity of the environment.

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January 22 - January 31
Bondi Beach Bondi Beach, NSW Australia + Google Map

Short film festival Flickerfest will be celebrating its 30th birthday in January 2021 in style with a very special event at Bondi Beach, promising to screen 200 of the "very best, most innovative, provocative and hugely entertaining shorts."

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Polish Film Festival Australia

January 22 - January 31

The Polish Film Festival is a selection of Polish films from the past decade, with the 2021 event to be held for free online. This year's program offers more than thirty films, including The Legions, Black Mercedes; The Servants of War and The Messenger.

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SBS Australia Uncovered

January 24

Australia Uncovered is SBS’s strand of primetime single documentaries exploring diversity and equality in contemporary Australia. The broadcaster has called for new proposals for 2022, with the strand to include eight single documentaries ranging from one hour to feature length. Filmmakers are encouraged to be creative in their approach to style, form and construct. All submissions must have “something compelling to say about Australia today” and align with the broadcaster’s charter. Filmmakers can apply for up to three tiers of…

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Out Now

January 25

Screen Australia and Screenwest’s Out Now is a scripted funding initiative open exclusively to web series proposals from LGBTQIA+ Western Australian creative teams keen to shape the future of LGBTQIA+ storytelling. Six applications will be shortlisted and receive $2,000 in development funding. These six shortlisted teams will then take part in a series of development workshops to get their projects in the best shape possible to apply for production funding. Following the development workshops, up to three of the shortlisted…

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City of Vincent Filmmaking Project

January 27

In partnership with the Revelation Perth International Film Festival, the City of Vincent provides grants to emerging filmmakers for the production of three short documentaries that intersect in one way or another with the City of Vincent. Totaling $21,000 annually, each documentary receives $7,000 to showcase stories in and about the City Of Vincent. The resulting films premiere at the Revelation Perth International film festival at Luna Leederville.

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St Kilda Film Festival – Submissions

January 31

St Kilda Film Festival screens the top short film entries received each year alongside a rich program of international screenings, special events and a professional development program. The Short Film Competition has a huge prize pool of cash and in-kind craft awards, including a $10,000 prize for Best Short Film. -

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February 2021

Big Picture: Universal Pictures Content Group and Film Victoria Feature Documentary Development Fund

February 4

Big Picture is a joint funding initiative between Universal Pictures Content Group (UPCG) and Film Victoria to support Victorian producers and writers to develop feature documentary projects suitable for cinema release. This program encourages applications for compelling stories with clearly articulated development goals and global appeal driven out of Australia by local creative teams. Victorian producers can have a non-Victorian writer attached, however non-Victorian producers must have a Victorian writer attached. One project will be selected for development funding of up to $20,000, for…

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Got a Minute?

February 8

Screen Producers Australia and TikTok have launched the ‘Got a Minute?’ pitching competition for the upcoming Screen Forever conference, with the call out for participants to submit a pilot for a high quality 10 x 1 minute series that shows that engaging stories can be told in a minute. Three finalists will pitch their series to a panel of industry experts in a mainstage session on the second day of Screen Forever, where a winner will be chosen. The winner…

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Screen Forever

February 16 @ 8:00 am - February 18 @ 5:00 pm

Screen Producers Australia’s (SPA) annual conference. For over 30 years, the conference has championed the talent, passion and achievements of the Australian screen industry, providing a vital forum for discussion and debate on the issues and challenges that affect all screen businesses. The 2021 event is a hybrid given travel and capacity restrictions.

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AACTA Pitch: Regional Landscapes

February 22

Entries are now open for the second AACTA Pitch: Regional Landscapes in partnership with Screenworks, a national pitching and screenwriting initiative aimed at discovering and developing an original feature film that celebrates Australia’s regional areas. 2020 finalists included A Sunburnt Christmas, which went on to be produced by Every Cloud Productions and was recently released as a Stan Original. This year, finalists will be pitching for the chance to receive: Professional script development sessions Invaluable feedback and mentorship from the judging…

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Sydney Film Festival – Submissions

February 26

Entries are open for the 2021 Sydney Film Festival for features, documentaries and short films in all categories of the festival program, including: The $10,000 Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF) Award for Best Australian Documentary; the $7,000 Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films Live Action Award and Best Director (the Rouben Mamoulian Award); The $5,000 Yoram Gross Animation Award; Screenability, a non-competitive program for screen practitioners with disability; and the First Nations program.

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