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Top screen talent to share new creative workspace

Startups, growing companies and innovative individual practitioners in the screen sector are invited to apply for residency in a new shared workspace to open in 2018 with investment from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland. “SQ Hub is an exciting new initiative that supports the growth of local screen businesses, and encourages collaboration and innovation … Continued

December 10, 2017
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Film festivals and events to share the love of cinema in 2018

Queensland film festivals and events with a focus from shorts to documentaries and much more will go ahead in 2018 with funding from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland. “Funding of $81,000 will support 13 festivals and events from the Gold Coast to Cairns in the latest round of Screen Culture funding for 2017–18,” announced … Continued

December 10, 2017
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Queensland welcomes World Congress of Science and Factual Producers in 2018

Broadcast representatives from around the globe will head to Brisbane in November next year for the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP). “Screen Queensland, in partnership with the Queensland Government, has been successful in its bid for this prestigious conference, wowing the organisers with the city’s cultural activities and Queensland’s role as a film hub,” … Continued

December 4, 2017
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Queensland writers to develop new series and film scripts

Talented Queensland writers will advance writing projects with support from the Queensland Government through Screen Queensland’s new Talent Development Fund, announced Screen Queensland Chair Catherine O’Sullivan. “The first round of the Talent Development Fund will provide support of $72,000 for seven writers to shape film scripts and television series under the guidance of experienced script … Continued

November 17, 2017
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Third and final season of hit comedy The Family Law to film in Queensland

SBS commissions a third and final season of hit comedy The Family Law  SBS is pleased to announce a third season of the award-winning comedy The Family Law. Everyone’s favourite almost-functional Asian Australian family are back for a final season in 2018, after receiving production funding from Screen Australia in association with Screen Queensland. The Family Law first … Continued

November 14, 2017
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YouTube Entrepreneurs take Queensland content to next level

A travel series showcasing Australia for millennials, a new model for funding high-concept web series, a video creator incubator and, exciting fan-driven action shorts for gamers are the four projects to be supported through Screen Queensland’s YouTube Entrepreneurs program. Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira today announced the four Brisbane-based content creators who would share the program funding … Continued

October 24, 2017
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Share your views about the FNQ Screen Industry in new survey

Screen Queensland is sharing the media release below from Screenworks about consultation with the screen industry in Far North Queensland As the first step in developing a stronger screen industry in Far North Queensland, local filmmakers and digital creatives are being asked to complete an online survey to help regional film industry specialist Screenworks establish … Continued

October 23, 2017
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Thor premiere hammers home Queensland’s screen success

Screen Queensland is sharing the below media release from the Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk Premier and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk Friday 13 October, 2017 The Australian premiere of international blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok on the Gold Coast marks another major achievement for Queensland’s screen industry, Queensland Premier and Arts … Continued

October 16, 2017
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Game producer Kim Allom levels up with the SQ Mentorship

Brisbane-based game producer Kim Allom has been named the first recipient of the $20,000 SQ Mentorship, announced CEO Tracey Vieira. “I am pleased to announce Kim as the first recipient for this new Screen Queensland initiative, designed to elevate the professional practice of female Queensland practitioners in the screen or games industry,” Ms Vieira said. … Continued

September 11, 2017
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Strengthened capacity for Far North Queensland screen industry

Screen Queensland is sharing the below media release from the Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk about new initiatives to engage the screen industry in Far North Queensland. Palaszczuk Government grows FNQ screen industry and jobs The potential for Far North Queensland to develop as a screen hub is the focus of … Continued

September 1, 2017
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 Homecoming Queens coming to SBS On Demand with investment from Screen Queensland

Screen Australia, in association with Screen Queensland and Film Victoria, has announced production investment funding for online series Homecoming Queens commissioned for SBS On Demand. The semi-autobiographical comedy-drama follows twenty-something best friends Michelle and Chloë who reinvent themselves after chronic illnesses overturn their expectations of life and youth, changing their friendship, their future and… their … Continued

August 14, 2017
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Queensland jobs the real star of Aquaman production

Screen Queensland is sharing the below media release from the Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk about Aquaman which is filming on the Gold Coast. The Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to Queensland’s burgeoning film industry is delivering tangible benefits for the state, with the Aquaman film production creating employment opportunities on the Gold Coast. Touring the set … Continued

August 4, 2017
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New preschool animated series Bluey from award-winning Ludo Studio

Production has started on Bluey, an Australian animated pre-school series created by Joe Brumm with the Emmy® award-winning Ludo Studio, co-commissioned by ABC KIDS and BBC Worldwide, with funding support from Screen Australia, in association with Screen Queensland. The series follows Bluey, a loveable and inexhaustible six-year-old Blue Heeler puppy who lives with her dad, … Continued

July 21, 2017
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Magical new series begins filming in Queensland

Screen Queensland is sharing the below media release from the Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk about The Bureau of Magical Things which began filming today on the Gold Coast. Magical new series begins filming in Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts, Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the cast and crew of brand new … Continued

July 17, 2017
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NITV’s new children’s drama series Grace Beside Me currently in production

Screen Queensland is sharing the news from NITV announcing filming has commenced in Queensland for Grace Beside Me, a new television series supported by Screen Queensland. Grace Beside Me (working title), a new 13-part children’s television series which will premiere on NITV in 2018, has begun filming in the Scenic Rim in Queensland. Adapted from … Continued

July 17, 2017
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New web series captures Torres Strait Islands stories on screen

Two exciting new factual web series from the Torres Strait Islands will be funded as part of Straight out of the Straits, an Australian-first partnership between Screen Queensland, Screen Australia and ABC iView. Dinghy Gurls, directed by Sylvia Tabua and Shanice Tabua, is a four-part factual series while the series Yatha Pathayk: Coming of Age will be directed by Jimi Bani about the cultural journey of 15-year-old … Continued

July 6, 2017
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A new film festival for Brisbane joins statewide screen content

The re-birth of the Brisbane International Film Festival, along with film events throughout the state will take place with funding from Screen Queensland. Screen Culture funding of $1,404,500 will support 23 festivals and events in 2017 and 2018, including a new Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) in August. This funding will also support the next … Continued

June 30, 2017
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S-Town creator Brian Reed in Conversation in Brisbane – 27 July

Screen Queensland, in partnership with the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) will present Brian Reed in a ticketed talk for Queensland’s screen industry and hosted by ABC Radio Brisbane presenter Rebecca Levingston, announced Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira. “We are extremely excited to … Continued

June 27, 2017
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Updated program guidelines respond to industry priorities

New guidelines for Screen Queensland’s funding programs will be launched on 1 July for the 2017-18 financial year, announced Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira. “Screen Queensland will implement updated guidelines following a comprehensive statewide consultation with the screen industry earlier this year,” Ms Vieira said. “The new guidelines respond to the industry’s request for increased … Continued

June 23, 2017
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Landmark Queensland Original production The Second begins filming – will premiere in cinemas and on STAN in 2018

The first feature film to be developed through a partnership between Stan and Screen Queensland has begun filming this week in south east Queensland, announced Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira. “The Second is a psychological thriller starring Rachael Blake, Susie Porter, Vince Colosimo, Martin Sacks and Susan Prior,” Ms Vieira said. “The Second will film … Continued

June 16, 2017
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New mentorship for outstanding Queensland-based female screen or games practitioner

Screen Queensland (SQ) will provide one outstanding female screen or games practitioner $20,000 to undertake a self-structured mentorship program designed to elevate their professional practice. SQ Mentorship is a three-year program (2017-2019) delivered annually as part of Screen Queensland’s commitment to diversity and achieving gender parity in the screen industry. Applications will be accepted from … Continued

June 16, 2017
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A chance for Queensland-based screenwriters to develop a podcast with Brian Reed

Screen Queensland (SQ) and the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) will support Queensland-based screenwriters to develop original drama/factual podcast series exclusively for audiences listening on global platforms such as iTunes Podcasts. In the first phase of this new initiative, up to five podcast series ideas (maximum total of 15 writers) will be selected for development in an exclusive all-day workshop with … Continued

June 16, 2017
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Screen Queensland welcomes Dr Chelsea Bond as new board member

Screen Queensland welcomes new Board director DR CHELSEA BOND who joins the Screen Queensland Board, effective 1 June 2017. Dr Chelsea Bond is an Aboriginal (Munanjahli) and South Sea Islander Australian and a Senior Lecturer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit. Dr Bond has worked as an Aboriginal Health Worker and researcher … Continued

June 1, 2017
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Queensland snares the first Netflix series to shoot in Australia

Screen Queensland is sharing the below media release from the Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk about Tidelands, the first-ever Netflix series to film in Australia. Premier and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk Tuesday, 16 May 2017 Queensland secures 80 extra jobs with Australia’s first Netflix series Eighty jobs for Queensland acting … Continued

May 16, 2017
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Online Video Awards 2017 to showcase top online content

Brisbane is set to celebrate Australia’s best digital content at a free event on 18 May following the announcement of the 2017 finalists. Screen Queensland Board Chair Linda Apelt welcomed the awards to Queensland and congratulated the finalists across 14 categories, including drama, comedy, non-fiction, music and animation. “The annual national Online Video Awards (OVAs) … Continued

May 3, 2017
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Three films creep it real when SCREAM! Queensland hits LA

Three Queensland filmmaking teams will develop and produce short horror films as the winning entries in Screen Queensland’s new initiative SCREAM! Queensland. Screen Queensland Board Chair Linda Apelt congratulated the three Brisbane-based teams who will take their work to international audiences as part of Screamfest in Los Angeles. “SCREAM! Queensland has been a screaming success,” … Continued

April 21, 2017
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At Last builds Queensland-Chinese film partnership

Screen Queensland is sharing the below media release from the Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk about At Last, the latest Australia-China co-production set to film in Queensland. Premier and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk Thursday, April 20, 2017 The Queensland Government has furthered its success in building relationships with the … Continued

April 20, 2017
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Asian Animation Summit is calling for projects

Screen Queensland is partnering with the Asian Animation Summit (AAS) in a call out for projects to be presented at the 2017 AAS, a unique showcase of new children’s series seeking finance and production partners in the Asia-Pacific region. The AAS takes place in Brisbane from 29 November to 1 December. Up to six Australian projects (represented by their creative teams) will … Continued

April 13, 2017
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Great Barrier Reef makes a splash on the big screen

A new giant-screen film about the Great Barrier Reef will be seen on cinemas across the world with support from Screen Queensland, announced CEO Tracey Vieira. “Great Barrier Reef 3D will be an unforgettable underwater adventure to be filmed in Cairns with Screen Queensland investment,” Ms Vieira said. “The documentary will showcase the beauty of … Continued

April 13, 2017
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Brisbane-based screenwriter and director Lucas Taylor named as the 2017 Greg Coote Scholarship recipient

Queensland talent to work with producers FremantleMedia in the UK and Europe Brisbane-based screenwriter and director Lucas Taylor has been named as the 2017 recipient for the annual Greg Coote Scholarship, Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira announced today. “Lucas is an award-winning talent with an extremely promising future,” Ms Vieira said. “He has worked across … Continued

April 12, 2017
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GOMA’s Marvel blockbuster opens in May

Screen Queensland is excited to share the news about this must-see exhibition + film program Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Director Chris Saines was behind-the-scenes at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) previewing some of the costumes and props to feature in the upcoming exhibition ‘Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe’ from 27 May … Continued

April 11, 2017
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New television series Harrow to film in south east Queensland

A major new television series to be filmed in Brisbane and south east Queensland has been attracted to the state with support from Screen Queensland. Harrow, from award-winning Brisbane-based production house Hoodlum, is a fresh twist in the crime genre with a brilliant forensic pathologist, Doctor Daniel Harrow, solving puzzling cases while harbouring his own … Continued

April 11, 2017
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Screen Queensland congratulates Queensland’s Ludo Studio on International Emmy win

Screen Queensland congratulates Brisbane-based Ludo Studio for taking out the International Emmy® Kids Award in Cannes last night for their production of Doodles (Ludo Studio / ABC3 Australia / Screen Australia / Screen Queensland / Australia).  Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira said the Emmy win in the Kids: Digital category showed the power of Doodles’ international appeal. “This is a well-deserved award for … Continued

April 5, 2017
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Wik vs Queensland recounts impact of groundbreaking case

A new documentary by an Indigenous Queensland-based production company will explore a confronting period in the state’s recent past with support from Screen Queensland. Wik vs Queensland was commissioned by NITV, and supported by Screen Queensland and Screen Australia. Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said Wik vs Queensland will engage viewers in a critical part of Australia’s … Continued

March 28, 2017
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Film thriller to showcase Queensland talent

Screen Queensland is drawing on Queensland talent to lay the groundwork for a new feature film, announced Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira. “Queensland Originals: Anthology will engage Queensland writers, directors and producers to develop a dramatic feature film as part of a collaborative initiative,” Ms Vieira said. “In the initial writing phase, we are seeking … Continued

March 22, 2017
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Latest appointments bring global experience to Screen Queensland

Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira has announced four new appointments to join the organisation. “I welcome new staff members Andrea Coyle in the role of Legal and Business Affairs Manager, and Katherine Slattery, Mark Thorley and Andrew Webster, who will each serve as Vice President in the Development and Production team,” Ms Vieira said. “Collectively, … Continued

March 17, 2017
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SCREAM! Queensland a new launchpad for horror filmmakers

Queensland filmmakers across the horror genre can take their work to international audiences with the new initiative SCREAM! Queensland announced today by Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira. “Screen Queensland is partnering with Screamfest in Los Angeles to offer three Queensland filmmaking teams a chance to develop and produce a short horror film of 8-10 minutes with funding … Continued

March 8, 2017
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Torres Strait Islands screen initiative opens

Stories from the Torres Strait Islands will be brought to life on screen in a landmark initiative launched today. Straight out of the Straits is an Australian-first partnership between Screen Queensland, Screen Australia and ABC iView, and provides opportunities for early-career writers, directors and producers to create authentic, character-driven Torres Strait Island stories for the screen. … Continued

February 24, 2017
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