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Longlist Announced for 2021 Walkley Doco Award

  Six documentaries have been longlisted for the 2021 Walkley Documentary Award. All six films tackle different themes, are in different styles and highlight different modes of documentary storytelling, but organisers say all help to showcase the very best in Australian long-form journalism. The following films have made the 2021 Walkley Documentary...

SBS’ The Unusual Suspects Scores Internationally

Boutique co-producer and distributor About Premium Content (APC) has signed a wave of international broadcast partners for its new scripted series The Unusual Suspects. The title has sold to Bell Media for Canada, streaming service Rialto in New Zealand, OCS in France, Filmin in Spain, AMC Networks International Southern...

New Funding for SBS and Screen Australia Digital Originals

SBS and Screen Australia have announced production funding for A Beginner’s Guide to Grief, the next successful project from the Digital Originals initiative, in addition to six new projects chosen for further development. Digital Originals is a joint initiative of Screen Australia and SBS created to develop exciting and innovative...

Japanese Video Production Company Selects Monarch EDGE

A full-service video production company, Tokyo Sound Production Inc. (TSP) provides video coverage of live entertainment and sporting events across Japan. In order to both optimise resources and expand its online live streaming offering, the company needed an encoder and decoder pair capable of transporting multiple channels of exceptional-quality...

John Seale AM ACS ASC Picks FUJINON Premista for George Miller Film

John Seale AM ACS ASC using the FUJINON Premista 19-45mm wide-angle zoom lens on the new George Miller film Three Thousand Years of Longing. Rarely would a camera lens generate so much buzz, but such is the case with the new FUJINON Premista 19-45mm wide-angle zoom lens. One of only...

CCTV’s Latest Mission to the Moon Fuelled by Ross

China’s national broadcaster CCTV made waves in 2019 with its innovative ‘Mission to The Moon’ series of documentaries, commissioned to coincide with China’s lunar exploration mission that saw the Chang’e 4 spacecraft land on the far side of the Moon. CCTV’s program makers created the world’s first 4K UHD...

Diverse and First Nations Doco Initiative from SBS and NITV

SBS and NITV have announced the launch of Curious Australia, a new, nationwide initiative seeking submissions for standalone, half-hour documentaries reflecting the diversity of people and experiences of contemporary Australia. In partnership with Screen Australia, and state and Territory agencies Film Victoria, Screen NSW, Screen Queensland, Screen Tasmania, Screen Territory,...

South Australia Welcomes Production Funding Boost

The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) has welcomed the South Australian State Government’s investment in the screen sector, as announced in the recent 2021-22 State Budget. The budget announcement will see the Post Production, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Rebate Scheme receive a boost of an additional AUD$22.8m over five...

Japan’s Hibino Powers Virtual Production Studio with disguise

  Hibino Group, one of Japan’s biggest AV suppliers, has launched a world-class virtual production studio powered by disguise xR and disguise vx 4 and rx II media servers. Built opposite the iconic Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo, Hibino’s use of high-end disguise technology enables the studio to offer next-generation in-camera visual...

SAFC Launches Next Phase of Adelaide Studios Precinct Review

  In 2020, the South Australian Film Corporation engaged independent consultants BDO to undertake a strategic review of the Adelaide Studios facilities and precinct. As the first such review undertaken since the studios were opened in 2011, this consultative process allowed SAFC to freshly engage with key stakeholders and wider industry...

ABC Launches First Nations Talent Portal

ABC content makers will now be able to readily identify and promote First Nations voices and screen practitioners with the launch of the ABC’s First Nations Talent Portal. Continuing with this year’s reconciliation theme of ‘more than a word, reconciliation takes action’, the ABC says the talent portal represents its...

Toyotaro Shigemori Brings Picture Book to Life with Blackmagic

Blackmagic Design has announced that renowned cinematographer, Toyotaro Shigemori, used Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K to shoot the web movie “niko and … WINTER BOOK.” The film, which was created as part of an ad campaign for the fashion/lifestyle brand “niko and …” was also graded using DaVinci Resolve...

Gameday Hire Zooms in on Live Broadcasts for Oscars and Delta

Sydney broadcast rental company, Gameday Hire, recently provided Zoom integration, LiveU transmission services and Engineering support for the global broadcast for the 2021 Academy Awards, and another livestream for Apple Music, featuring popular Australian artist Delta Goodram. The 93rd Academy Awards telecast broadcasts to over 76 countries, and this year...

ABC, AIDC and Northern Pictures Announce Indigenous Documentary Placement

Award-winning filmmaker Daniel King has been named the inaugural recipient of the Indigenous Documentary Placement, a new initiative co-presented by the ABC, Northern Pictures and the Australian Documentary Conference (AIDC) to fast-track the careers of Indigenous nonfiction screen practitioners. The placement will enable Daniel, a descendent of the Yuin and...

Sony in Nine Network’s State-of-the-Art Studio Build

Recently, the Nine Network undertook what was arguably it’s most ambitious broadcast engineering project to date – the complete build of a state-of-the-art studio and headquarters at its new home in North Sydney, Australia. At the heart of the installation was a wide variety of Sony equipment. Nine Network Studio/Live...

COVID Precautions for Singapore Media

In response to an uptick in COVID-19 cases in Singapore, the Government of the island state has implemented a "Phase 2 - Heightened Alert". From 16 May to 13 June 2021, Content Production companies are urged to take note of the following rules: (a) All content productions may proceed with no...

STAN and South Australian Film Corp Launch Development Fund

The South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and streaming service Stan have partnered to launch a new matched development fund to boost the creation of new and original South Australian scripted series. The Stan and SAFC Development Fund is a joint initiative to support South Australian creative teams to generate premium...

Denson Baker Named Australian Cinematographer of the Year

At this year’s FUJINON FUJIFILM Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Awards held at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, it was Denson Baker ACS NZCS (pictured) who won the prestigious Australian Cinematographer of the Year Millli Award. Baker also won a Gold Tripod for his work on The...

Mad Max Prequel ‘Furiosa’ to be Filmed in NSW

Mad Max, Australia's equivalent of the Batman franchise, continues with the long-awaited prequel to George Miller’s Academy Award Winning Mad Max: Fury Road set to be filmed in New South Wales, and expected to become the biggest film ever to be made in Australia. Produced by Doug Mitchell and...

Australian Govt Extends Film and TV COVID Support

In a boost for Australia’s film and television industry, the Federal Government will extend two measures that will support the continued production of quality, local screen content as the sector recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The AUD$50 million Temporary Interruption Fund (TIF) will be extended for a further six months,...
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