EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2018 – LOOKING BACK: Going through to the Grand Final was Ryan O’Shaughnessy from IRELAND who sang ‘TOGETHER’, a touching ballad that caused a few sniffles in the audience and at home. Ireland has won Eurovision seven times – of course the last time was in 1996 and another win would be nice, so it would. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)
On these pages you will find competitions
and other opportunities for authors, performance writers for stage and screen, illustrators and filmmakers. See entries below the quick list for more detailed information.
In this section we list competitions open to performance writers for theatre, film and television, plus cross-over opportunities for filmmakers. Detailed information is listed below in date order. Those entries with deadlines
looming are highlighted in red.
- The BYRON BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is now accepting submissions for BBFF, a dynamic and distinctive
film festival known for its trademark friendly, laid-back vibe and characteristically open, expressive and appreciative audiences. Lots of awards and prizes on offer, including the Byron Bay International Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Last submissions
close on Friday, 28 June 2019 – but please visit the detailed entry for guidelines, entry forms, how to submit, and links to deadlines for the various categories. (See RADIO, FILM AND
TELEVISION section below)
- The Australian Writers’ Guild sponsors events, festivals,
awards and programs that recognise, promote, reward and celebrate the work of screen and stage writers. See who’s eligible.
- The Brisbane City Council is seeking public event visionaries for its CREATIVE EVENTS REGISTER. If you’ve got a bright idea, register now.
- Playwrights from regional or remote areas may apply for travel costs to attend events and opportunities through the newly established ERIN THOMAS PLAYWRIGHT FUND. There
is no deadline for applications.
- Submit your complete screenplay with a treatment, or a comprehensive concept proposal (1–3 pages)
to WriteMe Australia, a national screenwriting initiative program which aims to develop exceptional material into production-ready screenwriting to be produced by the LaRoda Films network. There is no closing date for submissions. All ideas and material exchanged
between all parties constitute intellectual property that shall remain the exclusive property of the originator.
Who: Playwriting Australia.
What: ERIN THOMAS PLAYWRIGHT FUND
Entries close: No deadline for applications.
guidelines visit the website at http://www.pwa.org.au
Cost: No cost to apply.
What’s happening: The Rules. It can be tough getting your playwriting career going if you live outside of the capital cities – opportunities to engage with the theatre industry
are rare and expensive. The newly established Erin Thomas Playwright Fund has been created to support emerging playwrights from regional or remote areas to attend opportunities or events that would help them develop their careers.
To be eligible, playwrights need to: reside in a regional, remote or rural area of Australia; and be at an early stage of their career and have had no more than two professional productions.
The Opportunities: Funded travel costs can include airfares, accommodation, per diems or other relevant expenses. Playwrights may apply to attend events
Here is an opportunity to submit and sell your script, choreography
and artistic concepts for students of the performing arts.
Who: Free Range Theatrix
What: SUBMIT AND SELL YOUR SCRIPT, CHOREOGRAPHY AND ARTISTIC CONCEPTS FOR STUDENTS OF THE PERFORMING ARTS.
Entries close: Ongoing.
Contact: Go to their website at http://www.freerangetheatrix.com for more information about the company, and contact Creative Director, Sally Hardy
on firstname.lastname@example.org about your submissions if you have questions.
What’s happening: Opportunity: Free Range Theatrix is a new company that sells scripts, choreography
and artistic concepts for students of the performing arts. They are currently seeking submissions of plays, monologues and musical theatre, and are interested in anything from light-hearted pantomimes through to highly artistic and challenging works. For more
information and go to their website at http://www.freerangetheatrix.com and contact Sally Hardy as above if you have any further questions.
ONLINE CREATORS AND OTHER PLATFORMS
Who: The Australian Writers Guild (AWG)
What: AUSTRALIAN WRITERS' GUILD SPONSORSHIP
Entries close: Ongoing opportunity.
Contact: Go go to the AWG sponsorship page for more information and email email@example.com if you have any further queries.
to AWG about your idea.
What’s happening: The Rules. The Australian Writers’ Guild is proud to sponsor events,
festivals, awards and programs that recognise, promote, reward and celebrate the work of screen and stage writers. They are also the proud sponsor of Best Screenplay Awards for a number of festivals and competitions.
If your organisation would like to get in touch with the Guild regarding sponsorship, head to their AWG sponsorship page to find out what types of events and awards they sponsor, how they show their support, and what they expect from the events they sponsor. You can then download and fill out the AWG sponsorship form before sending
it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who: The Brisbane City Council
What: CREATIVE EVENTS REGISTER
Entries close: Ongoing opportunity.
For more information, email email@example.com or call (07) 3403 8888.
What’s happening: The Rules. The Brisbane City Council is seeking public event visionaries. Help imagine events, learn more
about creative development opportunities and hear about ways to work with Council on the Creative Events Register. Receive email updates about expression of interest opportunities through the year. To register, visit http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/creativeeventsregister.
RADIO, FILM AND TELEVISION
What: BYRON BAY INTERNATIONAL
FILM FESTIVAL (BBFF)
Entries close: NOW OPEN for submissions,
which close on Friday, 28 June 2019.
Contact: For guidelines, entry forms
and how to submit, visit the website at https://www.bbff.com.au/2019-submissions. Click through to one of the Submissions Partners to learn more about deadlines and entry fees. NOTE: Do you have a Local Film or A World Premiere? If so you may be eligible for a deadline waiver. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to put in a request, although you should note that not all films will be granted
Cost: Visit the website for more information.
What’s happening:The Rules.
Each year some of the world’s most exciting film talent join thousands of film lovers at the BYRON BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BBFF). Over ten fantastic days in beautiful Byron Bay they will experience a dynamic and truly distinctive film festival
experience known for its trademark friendly, laid-back vibe and characteristically open, expressive and appreciative audiences.
Independent filmmakers are the heart and
soul of this festival, whose quality programming of hundreds of entertaining, inspiring and eye-opening films from over 40 countries sets the stage for filmmakers at all stages of their careers to showcase their outstanding work across all genres.
The festival is also passionate about Virtual Reality and the opportunities it creates for filmmakers. The festival now hosts award categories for Virtual Reality Creators and a number
of events aimed at established VR Developers as well as those looking to dive into this new realm.
If your creativity is cutting edge and you have a message to tell, be
a part of this humanistic festival which fuses artistry, education and innovation to enhance our world view and collective social dialogue through the power and storytelling of film – and VR! Young Australian directors under 25 have the chance to win
the Young Australian Filmmaker of the Year award.
Mix business with pleasure at the gala red carpet opening and closing night parties, or simply enjoy a quiet drink at
the sunset bar, and mingle with leading Australian and international industry figures to make new friends, spark ideas and collaborate.
It’s all just a short stroll
from world class beaches, great cafes, bars and restaurants, live music, shopping, and the colourful and creative streetscape for which Byron Bay is renowned.
Awards and Prizes: All films entered will automatically be considered for nomination in any award categories that the film might qualify for during the selection process.
The Byron Bay International Film Festival Screenplay Competition has a first prize of AU$1,500. The top 3 finalists will receive the latest Final Draft Screenwriting software.
BBFF awards include but are not limited to Best Film, Documentary, Short Film, Drama, Cinematography, Surf Film, Animation, Experimental Film, Environmental Film, Music Video, Best Young Australian Filmmaker (open to Australian Directors under
25), CinematicVR, InteractiveVR and an award for the Best Local Film.
Who: LaRoda Films
What: WRITEME AUSTRALIA SCREENWRITING INITIATIVE:
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Entries close: No closing date for submissions.
Contact: Visit http://www.writeme-australia.com and spread the word among writers of screen and print fiction.
Cost: Nil to submit.
What’s happening: The Rules.
WriteMe Australia is a national program established to identify and select writers, and develop their exemplary written material with a Director, to a stage primed for screen production. The initiative aims to identify and select talented writers with extraordinary
written material, and to develop that work into production-ready screenwriting to be produced by the LaRoda Films network.
WriteMe was established by Australian
Director and Producer Blake Borcich, after identifying a frustratingly low volume of archetypal writing to explore and advance in his home nation. Good writing affects everybody on a film production. It is a collaborative art form through and through, and
there is nothing more reassuring that one is arriving each day to work on a truly worthy filmic venture, than the strength of that core foundational brilliance – the script.
They accept complete screenplays with a treatment, as well as comprehensive concept proposals (1–3 pages). All ideas and material exchanged between all parties, from the moment of first engagement with each other, constitute intellectual property
that shall remain the exclusive property of the originator.
The Opportunity: WriteMe ultimately guarantees that successful screenplays are headed
right through to post-production and release by LaRoda Films. The WriteMe process involves an appointed entertainment lawyer and active liaising with the Australian Copyright Council.
ATTENTION FILMMAKERS AND SCREENWRITERS
Are your credits accurately preserved for posterity? The Film & Broadcast Industries Oral History Group sends all filmmakers this important message.
National Film and Sound Archive of Australia – Audiovisual History Needs You
Have you worked on an Australian screen production? Do you want your correct credits to be part of Australia's historical record? If so, the Film & Broadcast Industries Oral History group encourages you to have your credits updated on the national
audiovisual collection records.
Here's how in 5 easy steps:
1. Go to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia website and click Collection.
2. Search for the production title using Easy Search, select Film or Television and click on Search
3. From the Results page, click on the entry that appears for that title searched. Once you click on the entry, you will get a page which includes ‘Title Details’
4. If you see anything incorrect or missing in the credits listed there, click on the data corrections link email@example.com at the bottom of the page to send an email with your suggested corrections
5. The NFSA Collection Information Staff will respond to your email and validate the suggested corrections. For any contradictory information received, the NFSA will retain the right
to determine the authorised credits for the production.
'CLICK FOR FESTIVALS' - FILMMAKER AND
‘CLICK FOR FESTIVALS is a new tool connecting creators and festivals. The website says:
'For creators and distributors CLICK signifies the best way to reach any festival throughout the world, offering the possibility of showing their work easily, practically and economically. In the case of festivals, this is a free tool that will enable them
to manage submitted films efficiently and to set optimal communication channels with both creators and juries.
'The first step
is to create your account as a Director or Distributor. Next, you will receive an account verification email and from that moment, you can start uploading your films, consulting our Platform's list of Associated Festivals and submitting your work to the festivals
that interest you...Film schools will enjoy the same promotions as distributors.
'CLICK FOR FESTIVALS gives the opportunity to
submit a short to many festivals, or many shorts to one festival. We want you to have your submissions only one click away.’
seems worth checking out. For more information on how it all works go to the CLICK FOR FESTIVALS website at http://www.clickforfestivals.com/associated-festivals-m.