New: 24 February 1997 | 19 August, 2008 | This page was conceived by Tom O'Regan, and has been maintained since 1997 by Garry Gillard.
Links to other Australian Film Resources
Government Agencies | Cultural & Industry Orgs | Screen Publications | Film Reference sites
Government Agency Sites: Federal | State
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is a statutory authority within the federal government portfolio of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. ACMA is responsible for the regulation of: broadcasting, the internet, radiocommunications, telecommunications. ACMA was established on 1 July 2005 by the merger of the Australian Broadcasting Authority and the Australian Communications Authority.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Australia's national non-commercial broadcaster. It began broadcasting in 1932 with 12 radio stations around Australia Under the Broadcasting and Television Act, the ABC operates under statutory authority, while commercial broadcasters operate under licence from the Australian Broadcasting Authority.
Australian Film Commission (AFC)
The Australian Film Commission (AFC), formerly known as the Australian Film Development Corporation, is Australia's major film development agency. It is partly funded by annual Federal Government appropriations, with its main source of revenue being film investments and interest on deposits. The AFC functions to both develop and financially assist new ventures in Australian film and television production, and as well as initiating and carrying out its own production. The AFC charter stipulates that the Commission can only invest in Australian ventures which utilise Australian personnel.
Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS)
The Australian Film Television and Radio School is a national training institition which receives Federal Government funding. It was established in 1973 as part of a Commonwealth Government strategy to develop Australian art and media. The school offers training in cinematography, direction, design, editing, scriptwriting, sound design and radio broadcasting.
The Australia Council is the primary Federal Government funding and advisory body for the arts. It is a Commonwealth statutory authority created under the Australia Council Act 1975. Its predecessor was the Australian Council for the Arts, established in 1968. The Australia Council has greater independence from Government than the former Australian Council for the Arts, with its policy making functions also extended. The Council is modelled on the Arts Council of Great Britain.
The Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
Working toward a better future for all Australians and developing a world-class Australian communications and information technology sector and excellence in culture and sport.
Film Australia is one of the largest producers of television documentaries and commissioned audio-visual programs in Australia. Established as the Commonwealth Film Unit in 1946, Film Australia, as it later became known, was a totally funded national government film and production organisation. Its primary function was to assist the government in its work of postwar reconstruction, and to develop a sense of nation. Following a government review of the organisation in 1987, Film Australia was incorporated in May 1988. Film Australia Limited is wholly-owned by the Australian Federal Government with its head office and production studios in Sydney.
Australian Film Finance Corporation (FFC)
The Australian Film Finance Corporation is Australia's major film funding body. It was established in 1988 to replace the 10BA tax concession as a major funding mechanism for Australian film production.
Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC) The Office of Film and Literature Classification is responsible for the classification of publications, films and computer games according to the Classification Act 1995 which came into force on January 1 1996. The Act is part of a new cooperative classification agreement between Australia's states and territories. The Classification Board is a Commonwealth Agency which is part of the Attorney-General's Department portfolio.
ACMI is the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Flinders St, Melbourne. From the wonders of more than a century of cinema, to television, computer games and the screen-based art of the future, ACMI is the place to find out everything about the moving image.
New South Wales Film and Television Office (NSWFTO)
Pacific Film and Television Commission (PFTC) The Pacific Film and Television Commission is a Queensland Government initiative established to further develop Queensland's film and television production industry. It was set up in 1991 in response to what were recognised as the 'growing needs' of Queensland industry. The Commission's key objectives are to maximise the value of film, television and commercial production in Queensland , to market Queensland as a major production centre to overseas interests and to assist in the further development of infrastructure to service the industry. The Commission, working with the Queensland State Government, also offers industry incentives to help foster further investment in the state's film and television industry.
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Cultural and Industry Organisations
NT Filmmakers Association
The Darwin-based NT Filmmakers Association (NTFA), is a group of local people with experience, expertise and interest in the craft of filmmaking. The main objectives of the NTFA are to support the work of independent filmmakers in the Northern Territory, and to seek funding for independent films through local corporate sponsorship and government grants. Their stated mission is to establish a feature film industry in the Northern Territory.
The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance is the union covering personnel involved in Australia's media, entertainment, sports and arts industries. The Alliance was created in 1992 through the merging of the three unions: Actors Equity, the Australian Journalists Association and the Australian Theatrical and Amusement Employees Association. Since the 1992 merger, four other bodies have joined: the Artworkers Union, the Commercial and Industrial Artists Association, the Rugby League Players Association, and the Soccer Players' Federation. The various professional bodies represented are dealt with by different divisions within the Alliance. The Alliance has branch offices in all states, where members of each division directly elect representatives to the Branch Council in their state or territory and also to the Alliance's supreme governing body, Federal Council.
Flickerfest Australian International Short Film Festival
Melbourne Queer Film & Video Festival
Tropfest, formerly the Tropicana Short Film Festival, began in the 'cafe stretch' of Darlinghurst in Sydney.The annual festival, which began in Darlinghurst's Tropicana Cafe in 1993, features short films from new Australian film makers and is financed largely through sponsorship from a large range of organisations, including Sony and other corporations.
Australian Film Institute (AFI)
The Australian Film Institute is a membership based organisation financed by the Australian Film Commission which works to promote Australian film art. The AFI is concerned not only with the medium of film but also with television, video and multimedia, in terms of production, distribution, education, research and publishing. The Institute deals directly with filmmakers, screen educators, students and film historians across Australia.
The former distribution division of the AFI has moved to the RMIT Library. It markets films and videotapes for cinema, home video and television with distribution also to non-theatrical markets including schools and community.
Australian Screen Directors Association (ASDA)
The Australian Screen Directors Association (ASDA) is an industry body, formed in 1980, to support the profession of screen direction within the Australian film industry. It is a member-run organisation which makes available to its members advice on contracts and work practices. It also lobbies industry and government on issues of concern to members. The ASDA's work in the area of policy advice has included the 1994/5 review of Australian Content Regulation for commercial television, the Commercial Television Production Fund and other Creative Nation initiatives.
Australian Teachers of Media Inc (ATOM)
The Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM ) is an independent, non profit association with state chapters across Australia linked through a National Conference. It is an independent forum for issues concerned with the media for media teachers, and is particularly concerned with the film and television industry. ATOM also has international links with similar organisations in New Zealand, Canada, the United States, England, Scotland, Wales and the Philippines. Each ATOM state chapter has a governing committe made up of education specialists who determine the organisations direction and policies. Each ATOM chapter is affiliated to the Council of Australasian Media Education Organisations (CAMEO), which has similar affiliations with other industry bodies such as the National Affiliation of Arts Educators. ATOM publishes Metro and Australian Screen Education.
Australian Writers Guild (AWG)
The Australian Writers' Guild is a professional member-run association which supports television, radio, screen and stage writers. It was formed in 1962 and incorporated as a company in 1983. The AWG is involved in negotiating guidlines for employment for scriptwriters, campaigning for increased Australian content, for funding assistance, and for appropriate legislation in terms of copyright, broadcasting and libel. The Guild is comprised of a National Executive Council which is elected annually, with regional committees also elected in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. The Guild is a member of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds, comprising: The Writers' Guild of Great Britain, The Writers' Guilds of America (East and West), Writers' Guild of Canada, Societe des Auteurs, Recherchistes, Documentalistes et Compositeurs (Quebec), New Zealand Writers Guild.
Darwin Film Society
The Darwin Film Society is the Northern Territory's leading film cultural organisation. It was established in 1964 and reconstituted in 1972 when it became an incorporated body. Today the Society's function is to present a range of theatrical and non-theatrical films, which are not usually shown in Northern Territory cinemas or on television. Activities organised by the Darwin Film Society include members screenings, festivals and special events curated locally and interstate. The Society also assists the development of film groups across the north of Australia.
Experimenta Media Arts (EMA)
Experimenta Media Arts is a Melbourne based group which was was first established in 1986 as the Modern Image Makers Association (Inc). It provides of support activities and services for new artists involved in film, video, installation, performance and electronic media art. Today one of Experimenta's key roles is to market Melbourne to Australia and the region as a major centre of creative talent in media arts.
Film & and Television Institute, Perth (FTI)
The Film and Television Institute is a non-profit organisation and is Western Australia's development centre for independent film, video, multimedia and exhibition. It is partly funded by the Australian Film Commission and ScreenWest, with the remainder of finance coming from equipment hire, membership fees and other screen related activities. The FTI is a membership driven organisation which supports first time filmmakers as well as established practitioners in Western Australia.
Media Resource Centre (MRC)
The Media Resource Centre was established in South Australia in1974 to provide community access to film and video facilities. It now also offers a range of other services including: film and video information, film exhibition and production assistance. The Media Resource Centre is an independent, non-profit organisation funded by the Australian Film Commission and the South Australian Film Corporation.
Melbourne Super 8 Film Group
The Melbourne Super 8 Film Group was established in 1985. The group's main role is to encourage and facilitate the production, distribution and exhibition, of Super 8 films, as well as the general promotion of Super 8 filmmaking. The group's membership consists of practicing filmmakers as well as new film makers. It is funded by the Australian Film Commission.
Cinema Papers was Australia's leading film publication. It was begun by film makers in the 1970s and was published for more than twenty-three years. The magazine covered all areas of film, including production, distribution, exhibition, as well as film history, film education issues and film finance. Cinema Papers was distributed in over 60 countries. It was taken over by MTV Publishing Ltd and then later by Niche Media in 2002 and shortly after that was discontinued.
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Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA)
SPAA is the industry association representing Australia's independent film and television production industry. It is registered with the federal Australian Industrial Relations Commission and has a national office in Sydney with a full-time secretariat, and chapters in each state. SPAA represents its members interests with regards to indutrial relations issues, commercial issues and government policy. SPAA represents its members on the following industry boards: the AFC Industry Advisory Panel on Co-production, the Board of Trustees of the industry superannuation fund (JEST), the board of Arts Training Australia and the board of the Audio Visual Copyright Society.
Women in Film and Television NSW
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AFC Free Publications This is a list of documents are available free from the Australian Film Commission. Some may be read online while other larger can be downloaded in a variety of file formats. Free hard copies of these documents can also be received by mail by filling out the form provided at the site.
Cantrills Filmnotes is a bi-annual review of independent film and video, particularly concerned with experimental film, video art and associated work in performance and installation art. It was first published in Melbourne in 1971 by filmmakers Arthur and Corinne Cantrill. Past issues have covered activity in Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A., Canada, Japan, The Philippines, Indonesia, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria and England. Arthur Cantrill is Associate Professor of Media Arts at Victorian College of the Arts - University of Melbourne.
The electronic version of Australia's free national bi-monthly arts tabloid. Includes substantial coverage of screen cultural issues. Back issues from 12 (April-May 1996) are available, and now there is a searchable index.
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Film Reference Sites
Cinephilia has a synopsis and a fairly detailed review of current releases, and an alphabetical listing of a wide variety of films, all with thumbnail reviews. Some of these have a more expansive review accessible.
Australian Media Facilities Directory (AMFD) Australian Media Facilities Directory is a comprehensive directory of media, advertising, film and related industries in Australia.
Australian WWW Film & Television Production Service
The Australian WWW Film & Television Production Service is an online directory of facilities and people serving the Australian film and television industry.
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) engages general audiences and special interest groups through an exciting range of exhibitions, screenings, education, production, events and other activities. When ACMI opens at Melbourne's Federation Square in Spring 2002, it will contain: a multitude of exhibition spaces including the unique screen gallery; two multi-format cinemas; education facilities; screen lounges; production studios; access to collections and associated research; and an evolving spectrum of experiences.
Film Victoria is the Victorian State Government agency that promotes and supports excellence in screen-based content creation in Victoria. The creation of screen content embraces both the development of and investment in both projects and people. The Film Victoria vision is to cultivate an environment that allows the film, television and new media industry to become a centre for excellence in screen content creation.
Culture and Communication Reading Room
The Culture and Communication Reading Room is part of the website of the Centre for Research in Culture and Communication at Murdoch University. It is a virtual library for researchers in cultural studies, containing previously published and refereed article. The site includes back issues of Continuum journal, Oz Film, resources for the study of Australian cinema, and information about the operations and publications of the Centre for Research in Culture and Communication.
An online subscription page for the Encore magazine Mailing List.
The Film Festivals Server
The Film Festivals server is a comprehensive listing of Film Festival from around the world, arranged by month. It also includes a summary by alphabetical order. This site is complied by Moving Pictures magazine based in the United Kingdom.
Internet Movie Database
This is an extensive, searchable database which contains film details, biographies and filmographies of the people involved in making films and reviews.
Filmtvbiz.com.au claims to be Australia's most comprehensive online directory for the Film, TV and Multi-media industries. There used to be an online version of the print publication, The Production Book, but it is no longer available. However, you can buy a copy here. It is still free to add/update your listing, to view the Box Office report (but only back five weeks max), to view their advertisers' showcases, to find out about advertising in The Production Book and on-line, and to contact them.
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