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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
Online

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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Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF)

February 17 - March 24
Classic Cinemas, Elsternwick; Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn; Ritz Cinemas, Randwick; Roseville Cinemas; Luna Cinemas, Leederville; New Farm Cinemas; Dendy Cinemas, Canberra

From star-studded features, gripping historical dramas, and stories of iconic Jewish trailblazers and innovators, the Jewish International Film Festival (February 17 – March 24) returns for another year of Jewish cinema from around the world. Featuring 51 films from 19 countries, the festival builds on over 30 years of bringing the best of Jewish cinema to Australia, presenting 29 features, 19 documentaries, and episodes from three TV series to audiences in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Canberra.   MELBOURNE February…

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Mardi Gras Film Festival

February 18 - March 4

Queer Screen’s 28th Mardi Gras Film Festival will be both an online and in-cinema experience, featuring 94 features, documentaries, shorts and episodic films. This includes three world premieres, 60 Australian premieres and 15 Sydney premieres showcasing LGBTIQ+ storytelling from 30 different countries. Films will be available nationally on-demand while social distanced screenings will be held at Sydney's Event Cinemas (George Street), Ritz Cinemas (Randwick) and the Hayden Orpheum (Cremorne), Event Cinemas (Hurstville) and the Moonlight Cinema (Centennial Park), before touring…

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Japanese Film Festival (JFF) Classics Program

February 20 - March 3
Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Provocation and Disruption: Radical Japanese Filmmaking from the 1960s to the 2000s, a FREE Classics program.  From revolutionary Japanese New Wave cinema to surrealist psychedelic expressions and experimental horror, the program features boundary-shattering masterpieces from avant-garde Japanese auteurs. 20 February 2021 – 3 March 2021

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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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AIDC

February 28 - March 3
Online

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) is Australia’s premier event for documentary, factual and interactive non-fiction screen content.

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March 2021

Melbourne International Film Festival – Submissions

March 16

Established in 1952, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is one of the world’s oldest film festivals and the Southern Hemisphere’s largest. The festival has a large, dedicated and growing audience with a well-established public profile as a major event on the Australian calendar.

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WIFT V-Fest

March 26 - March 28
Online

WIFT Australia has launched WIFT V-Fest, a three-day festival to feature masterclasses, workshops, panels, keynotes and a short film competition. The online women's film festival is aimed at celebrating, supporting, and elevating the work of women and gender diverse filmmakers and creatives both in front and behind the lens.

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April 2021

Revelation Perth International Film Festival – Submissions

April 1

Revelation Perth International Film Festival is calling for entries for its 2021 edition, looking for films of all forms, durations, subjects and nationalities. This call for entries underpins the annual program slate. Revelation takes place over ten days in July at Luna Cinemas (Leederville) and Luna SX (Fremantle) with satellite venues, events and partnerships across the metropolitan area that include talks, workshops, an academic conference and masterclasses.

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