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13 Jan, 2012

Directory Published to Promote Australian Films


Jan 13, 2012 (Screen Australia Media Release) — Screen Australia has published a Directory of International Sales Agents, providing a snapshot of companies representing Australian feature films around the world. Download the directory.

Included within are details of each seller’s acquisition policy, which markets they attend, at what stage they prefer to be approached and whether they pay advances. There’s also a list of the Australian films that sales agents have handled.

The directory was compiled through contact with sellers and information derived from Screen Australia’s market reports, forums and other activities throughout 2011.

When appointing a sales agent, producers of commercially attractive titles are encouraged to negotiate for beneficial terms. Less experienced producers should ask around before signing up with an agent, to be sure they have found the right sales partner before proceeding.

Screen Australia has also produced a number of Marketing guides for Australian producers in response to market feedback, covering key art, photography and loglines. These guides are designed to support producers to deliver great materials: www.screenaustralia.gov.au/marketing/guides.aspx

Screen Australia plans to regularly update the Directory of International Sales Agents following key markets throughout the year.

In another move, Screen Australia on Jan 10 announced almost $133,000 in support for four short film productions through its Short Film Completion Fund. The films are in various stages of post-production and this support will ensure the projects are completed to a high standard ready to be launched on the world festival stage.

Among the projects is writer and director Sophie Miller’s poignant film Spine, starring Snowtown’s Lucas Pittaway, which depicts a dramatic event that brings acceptance to someone who has recently become a quadriplegic. Spine is being produced by Sheila Jayadev with executive producer Prue Williams.

Writer and director Scott Pickett’s The One Who Broke Your Heart (also with writer Luke Tierney and producers Bruce Dawson and Lawrence Lim) and writer and director Alexandra Schepisi’s Lois, starring Jacki Weaver, both have distinctly different takes on a person’s response to a relationship they long to revisit. Lois is produced by Rachel Higgins.

Writer and director Lynne Vincent McCarthy’s first short film Strange Face, with producer Samantha Jennings, takes the viewer into the world of a socially awkward girl who longs for a friend.

“This year we had some really strong submissions for completion funding,” said Screen Australia’s Head of Development Martha Coleman. “Filmmakers are getting out there by whatever means they have and are creating some amazing work. We’re always excited at the discovery of new talent and these filmmakers have the potential to make a significant mark on our future industry.”

Producer Rachel Higgins
Writer/Director Alexandra Schepisi

Producers Bruce Dawson, Lawrence Lim
Writer/Director Scott Pickett
Writer Luke Tierney

Producer Sheila Jayadev
Executive Producer Prue Williams
Writer/Director Sophie Miller

Producer Samantha Jennings
Writer/Director Lynne Vincent McCarthy