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ICS Screenings at 2017 REVEALED

The ICS program is happy to announce the inclusion of four short films in the Revealed Exhibition starting at the Fremantle Arts Centre next week.


The films cover indigenous art, music and literature from locations covering the South West through to the Kimberley.

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AGWA – Kira Kiro Art Centre - Kalumburu Artists (2015)


The community of Kalumburu is one of the most remote communities in the Kimberley. In 2015 ICS collaborated with the Art Gallery of WA, as part of its Desert River Sea- Kimberley Artists Then and Now program. With the help of the  Kira Kiro Kalumburu Art Centre, ICS captured four senior women artists: Mary Theresa Tailor, Mary Punchi Clement, Gwen Clarke and Betty Bundamurra.  The Art Centre provides a strong cultural centre for the community and coordinates exhibitions, art awards and public art projects in which the artists translate their traditional skills and knowledge into contemporary artworks. 
Running time: 13.45 mins Location: Kimberley-Kalumburu
Language: Ngarinyin, Kwini and Woonambool

AGWA - Waringarri Arts Centre  (2014)

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Waringarri Aboriginal Arts profiles the ‘Waringarri Generational Collaboration Project, and illustrates how establihed artists pass on skills and knowledge to future generations- translating traditional skills into contemporary artworks.   Up to four generations of artists' have been involved in several major public art projects, including a ‘family based’ installation at the Kununurra Courthouse, a bush-tucker mural at the health centre, large sculptural forms of boabs in bronze, and carved wooden totems.
Running time: 9.19 mins Location: Kununarra
Language: Miriwoong    

Gunada Band (2015)

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In the late 1980’s, two Broome-based musicians broke new ground and formed an original music band with non-Indigenous musicians from England, Malaysia, Germany and Australia.  The Gunada Band promoted Broome’s cultural diversity and strengthened its cultural identity, developing a strong following.  This story sits alongside that of other Broome bands such as Scrapmetal Band and the Broome Beats.   The Gunada Band story is told by surviving band members including Arnhem Hunter, Wayne Barker, Ben Raja and Guy Ghouse.
Running time: 21.35 mins Location: Kimberley - Broome
Language: Bardi, Yawru 

Laurel Nannup (2015)

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Laurel was born at the Carrolup Native Settlement, WA in 1943.  Her Aboriginal Clan group is Binjareb.  She grew up on the Pinjarra Reserve and then at Wandering Mission where she stayed until she was 16, working as a domestic servant. Laurel studied printmaking at Curtin University and has become a highly regarded artist. She recalls childhood experiences and events through her art and illustrations.   Her work is represented at the Art Gallery of WA, the Australian National Gallery and the Berndt Museum. She has also written a book called A Story to Tell (UWA Publishing).
Running time: 11.12 mins Location: South West Perth and Pilbara
Language: Noongar


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APRIL: James Bogle - "In Residence"

James Bogle: FTI's Writer/ Director in Residence in April.

Throughout April, FTI and Screen Industry guild members will be able to book a one-on-one session with James to discuss their projects or seek specific advice. 

James Bogle has co-written and directed five feature films: Whitely (2017), Closed For Winter (2009), In the Winter Dark (1999), Mad Bomber in Love (1993) and Stones of Death (1989), two of which are adaptations of books by Australian authors (CFW- Georgia Blain, ITWD – Tim Winton).

In 2014 James co-directed a 4 hour series for ABC TV, The War That Changed Us, which screened in August 2014 and was nominated as Factual Series of the Year by The Australian Newspaper

He has directed more than 50 episodes of television drama including The Circuit II  (nominated for Best Direction of a TV Drama by Australian Directors Guild, 2011), and 14 episodes of Lockie Leonard I&II, (Winner, Best Children’s Drama Series Logie 2008, Winner Best Children’s Drama Series, AFI Awards 2007).

The sessions will be 30 - 45 mins long and available on Tuesdays (April 4th, 11th, 18th) between 10am and 2pm.

There will also be a one-day workshop on Sunday, April 23rd: Learn To Adapt, which will deal with creating screen projects from source material in other media. Participants in this workshop will be eligible for a final day of one-on-one sessions [date to be confirmed].

Obviously, there are a limited number of spaces available so members are encouraged to send a one-page summary of their project/area of interest to James prior to their session. To register your interest and submit your summary, book a session through tom@staff.fti.asn.au today.

The ...In Residence program takes place at FTI's new headquarters at 48 Lake St Northbridge.

Whiteley opens in Australian cinemas on May 11th, 2017.

FTI's In Residence program aims to boost screen sector career development via mentoring one-on-ones with accomplished industry professionals since 2013. The program has enabled several leading industry professionals to mentor screen practitioners including; Joan Peters, Sue Taylor, Reg Cribb, Claire Marshall, Herbert Pinter, Claire McCarthy, Peter Templeman and Paul Barron.
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ICS Producer Devina McPherson to join Screenwest as Indigenous Manager.

Devina McPherson has announced she will be joining Screenwest as Indigenous Manager in mid-April, while continuing to oversee the Indigenous Community Stories program at FTI until the end of June.

FTI's chief executive Paul Bodlovich said the working agreement offered the best possible outcome.

"Of course we're sad to see her go, but this is a fantastic career opportunity for Devina, who has already made a great contribution to the WA screen sector," he said.

"The fact that she has negotiated to be able to stay on with ICS until it reaches its 100-story target by the end of June 2017 says a lot about her personal integrity and commitment to community. She will be an asset wherever she goes from here and we wish her all the best."

Devina has been working for FTI since 2010, where she had a primary focus on bringing Indigenous Western Australian stories to the screen.

She has worked on the Deadly Yarns series for the ABC, and FTI's Indigenous Community Stories, while also working on Bran Nue DaeStraight Shootin and various other short films.

For the past five years Devina was the Production Manager for the Indigenous Community Stories Archive and Preservation Program at FTI. Prior to that Devina worked freelance as an editor, photographer, event manager and camera operator.

In February 2017, Devina took over as ICS Producer after Michelle Broun’s departure from FTI. Devina, Screenwest and FTI are committed to completing the ICS’s aim of recording 100 stories and therefore Devina will continue to work part-time on the ICS program for FTI until the program is completed in June.

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FTI Philanthropy Program - Pitch Night announced


FTI's Philanthropy Program has raised over $300,000 for WA screen projects since its launch in 2015. In preparation for the 2017 program, we're opening the submissions for the Pitching Night event in May, giving you the opportunity to pitch your project to potential investors.

To enquire about submitting an application to pitch a project on the night, please email Ros Walker, FTI Director, Screen Production at ros@fti.asn.au.

FTI’s next Philanthropy Program pitching night will be scheduled for Tuesday, 30th of May. Information about the Program is available HERE.

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29th WA Screen Awards postponed.

Western Australia’s premier screen industry event, the WA Screen Awards, will be postponed in 2017 due to uncertainty regarding the future funding of FTI.

The WA Screen Awards submissions process is normally underway by this time of year, and FTI has received several enquiries from the sector about this year’s awards.

Without secured funding past June 2017, FTI cannot responsibly meet its commitment to the delivery of the 29th WA Screen Awards on July 3rd, 2017. 

This date had been planned to coincide with the launch of the Revelation Film Festival, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

It is hoped that FTI will be able to make comment on the future of the WA Screen Awards in early May 2017, including a new timeline for submissions and nominations.

The WA Screen Awards has only missed one year in its 30-year history and FTI is committed to rescheduling the event later in the year with the full support of its sponsors, partners, funding bodies and the incoming State Government.

FTI’s current government funding is provided on a month-to-month basis by the West Australian Department for Culture & the Arts, but this is not guaranteed past this fiscal year. 

FTI will continue to work constructively with its funders to secure the best outcome for the organisation and the emerging screen sector.

Through education, training, programs and networking opportunities, FTI plays an important role in the ongoing development and fostering of local talent in West Australian filmmaking and games development.

However, FTI recognises that the WA Screen Awards are an important part of the ‘public face’ of the work it supports.

Over the last three decades, the WA Screen Awards has developed into a celebration of screen culture, an important annual event for the local film and creative industries, marking the development and rise of some of Australia’s greatest talents across a variety of disciplines.

Recognising achievement in both long and short form film, factual and entertainment productions, the WA Screen Awards past winners and nominees include practitioners such as Zak Hilditch (These Final Hours), Lauren Brunswick (OnO, Young Filmmaker of the Year 2015), Elissa Down (The Black Balloon), Sue Taylor (Last Train to Freo), Lauren Elliott (Dafuq?, The Legend of Gavin Tanner) rising star Ben Young (Bush Basher, Hounds of Love) and even musician Timothy Nelson (The Shapes).

For media enquiries contact:

Sabian Wilde
FTI Marketing Coordinator

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Writing for Games Scholarship for Women

Let's Make Games has announced a 'Writing for Games Scholarship for Women'.

The scholarship offers funding admission for one successful female applicant to attend FTI's Writing for Games & Interactive short Course. This scholarship comes as a measure to help address the gender imbalance present in the global game industry and hopes to promote and foster a welcoming environment for everyone in our local community. It also boasts and exciting mentoring component with additional communication and feedback through a career development session with course tutor Anthony Sweet (owner of Handwritten Games, lead designer at Black Lab Games).

As a part of the scholarship outcomes, the successful applicant will be expected to complete all course work, which includes publishing a completed interactive project online. All women of every background with an interest in interactive writing and game development are recommended to apply. Applications close Sun Feb 12th and all applicants will be notified of their outcome by Mon, Feb 13th.

Apply here | Course info |  Scholarship queries: jon@letsmakegames.org | Course queries:  anthony@handwrittengames.com & ashleigh@staff.fti.asn.au | 

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After screening on ABC2 over the past week the latest batch of Raw Nerve films are now available on demand via ABC's iView. Watch them Below!
After falling out with her friends on a Saturday night, a young woman considers going home with a man dressed as a penguin.  
(​Written/Directed by: James Pontifex, produced by Jenna Dimitrijevic)
A grieving young artist seeks redemption in an unlikely place, her loved one's crime scene.
(Written/Directed by: Cody Cameron-Brown, produced by Jessica Parker)
Three's not always a crowd.
Written/Directed by Mimi Helm, produced by Cassandra Jordan)
Congratulations to all the filmmakers on having their work screened nation wide!
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The inaugural Cottesloe Outdoor Film Festival is set to feature Indigenous Community Stories shorts prior to the feature films screenings on Saturday evenings in Feb (4th- 24th) at Cottesloe Civic Centre.
Opening the festival on Feb 4th will be ICS's short doco BRUCE THOMAS SONG MAN- A respected Ngardumarta Elder who shares his passion for passing on knowledge through song, dance and story.
Bruce's prequel screening will be followed by TANNA - To avoid an arranged marriage, villagers wrestle with preserving their traditional culture or adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom.
Wander on down and check them out on a balmy summers night :)
Cottesloe Outdoor Film Festival will also be screening; PAPER PLANES (11th Feb), DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN (18th Feb) and HUNT FOR WILDERPEOPLE (24th Feb) - Book tickets here
When: Cottesloe Outdoor Film Festival (Feb 4th- 24th) 
Opening Night:  ICS' Bruce Thomas and Tanna screening: Feb 4th
Where: Cottesloe Civic Centre (Napier St) 
Time: Gates / bar opens 5:30pm | live music & food from 6pm | Screening starts 7:30pm 
Tickets: Trybooking
*BYO chairs, beanbags & rugs (no BYO alcohol)
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Filmbites Youth Film School  specialises in teaching acting for the screen, filmmaking, animation and gaming to young people aged 5-18yrs. In the school holidays, they also offer half, full or multi-day screen skills workshops for beginner to advanced levels.

FTI members can receive 20% off Filmbites workshops over the summer holidays!

Holiday Workshops include; Gamer’s Paradise, The Screen Scene, Green Screen – Star Wars/Rogue One VFX, Intro to Screen Acting, Makeup SFX, Intro to 2D or 3D Animation, Fight Right – Screen Combat Essentials, Audition Skills, Voice Over courses and more.

To receive your 20% discount, enter promo code “West” when making your purchase.

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On Friday 9th Dec Playup Perth-ers celebrated a maxed out year of local game development with a multiplayer extravaganza! co-hosted by Let's Make Games and Nostalgia Box. FTI celebrated testing over 100+ games, in the 3 years of Playup Perth. Photos are online now and can be found here.

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