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Do government film subsidies add up? Yes, and no

The federal government is giving a big Hollywood studio $21 million to film a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in Australia. Is it money well spent? It does return, but not where it’s needed.

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Lights, camera, crowdfunding: how films are made Pozible

Start-up filmmakers are increasingly turning to crowdfunding websites to finance projects. The Pozible platform has even partnered government agencies to boost cash in the sector.

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Screen Oz calls cut on funds — drama ends six months early

Australian film and television funding body Screen Australia has spent all its drama budget — six months ahead of the end of the financial year. How could it let the kitty get so low?

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Australia doesn’t need better films, just better distribution

Australian films only took 3.9% of the domestic box office last year. The Adelaide Film Festival’s outgoing director Katrina Sedgwick argues the entire business model of cinema is changing fast.

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Reel film festival dreams: bureaucratic bungles now showing at SFF

Concerns have been raised about the Sydney Film Festival and the relatively glacial pace of its board in seeking a new artistic director. It highlights the general ineptitude of bureaucracy and the various boards that oversee its parts, reports Matthew Clayfield.

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Parties and perks a long way from real filmmaking

An expensive Film Victoria party shows it has almost nothing in common with the penurious artists it represents. Its salaried aristocracy enjoy the kind of wages and conditions struggling freelancers can only dream of.

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First Gatsby, now Miller … how American stories win Aussie film funds

How Australian is Arthur Miller’s 1955 classic A View From The Bridge? A new Australian film production is testing definitions and sparking renewed debate on funding, writes Grace Jennings-Edquist.

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Tips and rumours

On Monday¬†WA Minister Michelle Roberts was stripped of her Employment Protection portfolio so she could better concentrate on her others of Indigenous Affairs, Housing and Works, Heritage and Land Information. The irony is, the Employment Protection portfolio was given to Minister Jon Ford, who’s known by insiders to have issues with his staff. Several very […]

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More welfare for needy commercial TV networks

The Howard Government has continued to hand out support for those needy organisations, the trio of Australian commercial TV networks owned by billionaires or wealthy private buyout groups.

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