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Lights! Camera! Action in South East Arts!

The focus is on the screen in South East Arts, the regional arts board for South East NSW,  with the release of a new screen industry strategy for the region and the call for entries for the Yoof Tube 2015 Short Film Festival.

The Screen Industry Strategy, launched in Jindabyne on June 19, was compiled for South East Arts by consultant, Lois Randall, in collaboration with screen industry professionals across the region. The goal of the strategy is to build the capacity of screen content creators and practitioners in South East NSW.

The strategy covers all aspects of screen industry from feature films to TV productions and gaming. Supporting young content creators, presenting regional stories, broadening audience participation and bringing productions to the region are high on the agenda.

South East Arts General Manager, Andrew Gray, said the strategy is geared towards developing a regional network of self sustaining screen industry professionals.

‘Under the banner of SEA Screen, the local industry has already been brought together by the consultative process undertaken to develop the strategy,’ he said.

A SEA Screen group is already active on Facebook, and a Screen Industry Register is being developed by South East Arts on its website. The register is open to those working in the field to promote their services, skills and experience.

SEA Screen Industry Register.

YoofTube Entries Now Open – Get your work on the big screen

The Picture Show Man Cinema in Merimbula, Bay City Cinema in Batemans Bay and The Kinema in Narooma are actively supporting young filmmakers in the region by offering to simultaneously screen a selection of YOOF Tube entries on their big screens in September.

Founding YOOF Tube patron, Jamie Shaw is once gain offering the J.D. Shaw $1,000 prize for Best Film and the $500 prize for Best Film in the Under 15 years age category. Jamie has supported YOOF Tube for the past four years and is delighted that the competition now stretches across the whole region – creating wider opportunity for youth with a passion for film.

South East Arts, in conjunction with J.D. Shaw, is also offering the SEA Screen $500 prize for Best Music Video for an original composition.

YOOF Tube has been supported again this year by both the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley Shire Councils, each offering prizes in various categories for youth keen to make a film in their shire.

Industry professionals from ABC Open, Gooseboy Productions and Oh’Allmhurain Films are also offering prizes in the form of exclusive workshops and learning opportunities. These workshops offer youth a real chance to build foundation skills in screen acting, film and digital media with professional guidance.

Entries close on 7 August. More information and entry forms available here. 

Watch the winner winner of the 2014 YOOF Tube Snowy River Youth Prize – James Hines of Jindabyne, NSW with his film, ‘20th Century tie’.

With South East Arts