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December 2020

AIDC Cut to the Chase

December 31, 2020

Cut to the Chase is the Australian Documentary Conference's curated marketplace, carefully matching producers and decision makers for optimum outcomes with no time-wasting. An online event for 2021, Cut to the Chase will continue to allow decision makers and projects to make meaningful connections through one-on-one meetings.

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January 2021

Victorian Screen Development Internships

January 14

Film Victoria has partnered with the ABC, Fremantle and Princess Pictures to offer two 9-12 month internships in production and development for early career Victorian creatives from diverse backgrounds to help fast-track their careers to becoming screen content creators. The Victorian Screen Development Internships will help to build content creation skills and knowledge of the current commissioning, funding and production environment within Australia. This program is open to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds or who are First…

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Sydney Film Festival: Summer Season

January 15 - January 17
State Theatre, 49 Market St
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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For the first-time ever, Sydney Film Festival joins Sydney Festival’s lineup for one weekend only at the State Theatre. Starting with the opening night documentary, Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra, the compelling story of the Page brothers, who took a newly born Australian dance company and turned it into a First Nations cultural powerhouse. High Ground is a tense and powerful Australian outback western starring Simon Baker, Jacob Junior Nayinggul and Jack Thompson. The triumphant documentary Girls Can’t Surf…

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Love & Neon: The Cinema of Wong Kar Wai

January 16 - February 18
Dendy Newtown, 261-263 King St
Newtown, NSW 2042 Australia
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Sydney Film Festival and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) have announced a program of 11 essential films by acclaimed Hong Kong director, Wong Kar Wai, to screen in Sydney at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) (January 16-31, 2021), Dendy Cinemas Newtown (January 19-February 18, 2021), and tour in select Australian cities across Summer and Autumn 2021. The retrospective includes 11 of Wong's best films, including his moody debut, As Tears Go By (1998), In The Mood For Love (2000); and My Blueberry Nights (2007), starring…

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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
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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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