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Entries Closing for 200 Stories Project

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CMAA Partners with Bible Society’s Short Film Project

Dave Jensen StoryThe 200 Stories Project is an opportunity for budding and seasoned short-film makers to share creative stories of transformation, life and light.

2017 marks 200 years of sharing the Bible in Australia. To celebrate this milestone, we’re inviting film makers to help showcase the impact the Bible has had on Australians from all walks of life.

There is one single criteriaeach film must incorporate an Australian communicating a verse from the Bible.

Final film submissions due by 10 February 2017

Eternity News Shares Story of Gay Activist Now Living a Life for Jesus

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How the response of a Christian working in media and the arts changed this man’s life

David BennettDavid Bennett grew up in Sydney and felt at a young age that he was attracted exclusively to men. At age 14 he shared with his family and friends that he was gay.

Growing up, David had a very negative view of Christianity, feeling a great sense of injustice of what Christians had done to the Gay Community. At University he would rip down the Christian posters and put up Queer posters instead.

New Christian feature film shooting in Sydney

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A modern day re-telling of the book of Job will be filmed in Sydney soon.

Filming of the a new Christian feature film ‘Trust’ will begin June 13 in Sydney’s northern beaches and inner city area.

Written and Directed by Angus Benfield and Produced by Lyle Carey, ‘Trust’ is inspired by the Biblical story of Job centred around a typical everyday Australian family.

Senior Filmmaker – Riverview Church, Perth WA

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Riverview Church is seeking an experienced and highly creative Senior Filmmaker to join our Media team. If you are passionate about God and sharing stories about who He is and what He has done in the lives of people all around the world, then we want to hear from you!

Under the supervision of the Ministry Area Leader, this role is responsible creatively and technically  for all aspects of Riverview’s video production, including: stories, films, Riverview TV (or weekly television programme), as well as communications videos.

The role is also responsible for ensuring delivery of all video and graphics content at weekend services and events.

This is a permanent, full-time (37.5 hours per week) position.

Family Film Forum Streaming March 19

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What are the ingredients for a successful family film?

Filmmakers are invited to hear from a panel of experts this Saturday March 19th, on what makes much-loved movies like Babe and Oddball so popular.

Screen Australia’s Family Film Forum aims to stimulate the development of great films and mainstream market hits.

New Short Film Festival

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The newly announced Short Cuts Film Festival is calling for entries.

Run by the City of Greater Dandenong, the new festival is seeking films between two and 15 minutes long in three categories determined by the film-maker’s level of experience:

Alice Springs Writer Wins MovieGuide Award

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Birgit Myaard receives 2nd runner up Kairos prize at 2016 MovieGuide Awards_300x150Congratulations to Australian-based screenwriter Birgit Myaard on winning a $10,000 prize at the 2016 MovieGuide Awards.

Birgit’s script ‘The Hand of a Woman’ won the 2016 Kairos Prize 2nd Runner Up award.

The Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays aims to encourage screenwriting newcomers by awarding a total of $50,000 to the top three entries.

Birgit was presented with the award at the annual MovieGuide Awards in LA on February 5th.

‘Risen’ now showing

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Risen_ACC_300x169Resurrection film ‘Risen’ is now showing in Australian cinemas (opening Thurs 18th Feb).

The movie stars Joseph Fiennes as Roman soldier Clavius who is ordered to find out what happened to Jesus after he was crucified, to disprove rumours that the Messiah had risen from death, and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

Faith on Film in 2016

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Hollywood’s interest in faith-based content continues with a number of biblical blockbusters due for release this year in a variety of formats.

Along with several box office films, a TV drama about King David, and a televised Passion play musical, are all planned to hit screens in 2016.

2016 CMA Awards Entries Now open

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CMA is now accepting applications for three exciting awards:

  • Connect Radio Awards: Most Engaging Radio Prize
  • Screen Media Scholarship
  • The Pilgrim Graham Wade Media Prize 2016

Entries for the Screen Media Scholarship and the Pilgrim Graham Wade Media Prize close on 22nd January 2016.

Entries for the Connect Radio Awards: Most Engaging Radio Prize close on 1st Feb 2016.

What We Can Learn From The Best Year for Aussie Film

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2015 has been a big year at the box office for Australian films, with locally-made movies bringing in more than $64million already this year, surpassing the previous record set in 2001.

So what can we learn from this? According to Melbourne writer Glenn Dunks, there are five lessons to learn from the most successful year for home-made films in Australia’s history.

yesHEis short film competition winners

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Congratulations to the winners of the short film competition launched at the 2015 SPARC National Gathering in August.

Film makers were invited to apply to create a short film with yesHEis on the theme ‘Forgiven’, with a prize of $5000 Production Funding (plus Marketing & Distribution Support). Entries closed on Sept 4th, with yesHEis announcing the winners later that month.

More from yesHEis:

Call for scripts: New Family Film Initiative

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screen australiaScreen Australia are calling for scripts for family movies. The new Family Film Initiative will provide funding for three screen writers to develop polished drafts for live action family films.

In launching the initiative Screen Australia acknowledged the dearth of family-friendly films despite their popularity and success at the box office, and says this new funding opportunity hopes to rectify that by bringing more movies for that market to our screens.

New film from Compassion Australia: Faith, Hope and Gloves

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FaithHopeGlovesfrom Compassion Australia

An inspiring new 30 minute documentary, Faith, Hope and Gloves, is being released this month.

Produced and directed by Compassion Australia’s Creative Manager Andy Meier, the film tells the cialis viagra vs true story of the Hoppers from Mackay, Queensland: a family of five motorbike enthusiasts with a heart for children living in poverty.

After sponsoring Juan David through Compassion from when he was a young boy, the family travel all the way to the Dominican Republic to meet their now grown sponsored child—a brilliant medical student who longs to serve his community.

Film Distribution discussion paper

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Screen Australia is seeking input on its discussion paper regarding distribution for local feature films.

The paper called “Issues in Feature Film Distribution” looks at the challenges facing Australian film makers in a climate where “there is more content available than ever before but audiences are less willing to pay for it.”

1500 Steps DVD hits USA stores

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1500StepsDVDCover_300x428Australian Christian film ’1500 Steps’ has been picked up by a USA distributor, with the DVD soon to be on sale across America.

The movie, directed by CMA member Josh Reid, has been selected for placement at Walmart stores across the USA and is also available in Christian bookstores in the USA and online. The DVD will be on Walmart shelves from Oct 6th.

The film is being distributed by Bridgestone Media Group. published this review: “1500 Steps”: Run With Perseverance

SPARC National Gathering, August 7-8 – Register Today!

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The SPARC National Gathering is an opportunity to participate in a growing conversation with Christians in the Creative Industries, at the intersection of Spirituality, Art and Culture. The National Gathering covers Film, Media, Music, Arts, Design, Technology, Entertainment, Business, Faith, Community and Culture, with great speakers and guests.

An unmissable two days together with some of the most amazing minds within the Christian community. Not just another event or conference, but rather an experience of participation and creativity that is unlike anything else.

Read more and register:

Heritage Films moves into producing

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A new Australian film project is gaining attention in the U.S. as a different way of making Christian movies.

After 11 years of distributing and promoting faith-based flicks, Heritage Films is embarking on their first ever production; and the story isn’t exactly typical Christian content.

2016 Kairos Prize for Screenwriting Newcomers

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Entries are now open for the $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays.

The awards aim to encourage new and beginning screenwriters worldwide who endeavor to create stories that are compelling, entertaining and spiritually uplifting, with the ultimate goal of bringing scripts to Hollywood that result in a greater increase in either man’s love or understanding of God.

Prizes of $25000, $15000, and $10000 are awarded to the top three entries.

Entries are open until Nov 2, with discounts on entry fees available for submissions made before August 15 and October 7.

Hugh Jackman as Apostle Paul

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Another bible-based Hollywood movie is in development, with A-list stars reported to be behind a project about the apostle Paul.

Deadline reports that Hugh Jackman will star as Saul of Tarsus in a film that he will also produce alongside Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Free webinar on legal issues for filmmakers

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A free webinar covering legal issues for film-makers will be held 6pm June 22nd.

The webinar will be hosted by not-for-profit company Arts Law, Australia’s independent national community legal centre for the arts.

It will explain the copyright basics all filmmakers need to know and how to clear rights and obtain licenses to establish a strong chain of title for your film.

Viewers respond to The Colour of Eden

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The-Colour-of-Eden-09_600x300wpeAudiences are responding well so far to ‘The Colour of Eden’, the short film produced with the SPARC Development Prize to be our 2015 Easter TV Special.

The film premiered on Channel Seven early on Easter Sunday morning and then became available for viewing online, first as a shorter segment called “Beyond the Fall” via then in full at

The online campaign for promoting the film has only just started but a number of viewers have already made a faith commitment after watching the film.

The 10 Keys To Shooting A Great Video Interview

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Phil Cooke recently posted some great tips on how to prevent video interviews from being just another talking head.

From our experience we’d say most of these tips also apply to radio interviews, particularly #2 (a good radio producer will always do this before actually booking the talent to make sure they are GOOD talent), and #4 (happens every time!).

‘The Colour of Eden’: 2015 Easter TV Special

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The_Colour_of_Eden_Poster (2)Tune in to Channel 7 on Easter Sunday morning to watch this year’s CMA / SPARC Easter TV Special.

‘The Colour of Eden’ will air nationally on the Seven network at 5:30am Sunday 5th April, and segments of the film will be available to view and share online via across Easter. The program will also be broadcast on the Australian Christian Channel at a later date.

We encourage you to support this project by:
1. WATCH – Tune in to Channel 7 at 5:30am Easter Sunday (April 5th)
2. SPREAD THE WORD – Let others know the details and encourage them to view it too
3. SHARE – Use the resources available through to share the story online through your social networks


‘Smithy’ crowdfunding campaign extended

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Smithy_Don Parham and John Smith_180x119A fundraising campaign to help finish a documentary on the life of God’s Squad founder John Smith has been extended.

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campaign last year enabled the project to begin, a second campaign was launched last month to raise another $50,000 to see the film completed.

So far $21,210 has been raised, and the campaign deadline has been extended to January 31st.

More from Associate Producer Vic Campbell (VC Media):

Smithy doco update

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Smithy_180x120A new crowdfunding campaign is underway for the next stage of the movie about God’s Squad founder John Smith.

The team behind the film ‘Smithy’ need to raise $50,000 by Nov 30 to continue production of the feature length documentary film.

A successful Pozible campaign last year raised $55,000 (approximately one third of the film’s production budget), enabling the project to begin. (Read more about that here).

This second fundraising campaign aims to enable the film’s completion for initial online and DVD release by July 2015.

Who’s Creating The Movies and TV Programs That Will Inspire The Next Generation?

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phil cooke 2012_180x120An excerpt from a recent post by Phil Cooke:

… with a current television schedule filled with vampires, corrupt cops, hypocritical politicians, fathers who act like buffoons, soft-core porn, growing levels of violence, and more – who’s producing programs that will do for this generation of kids the same thing that The Lone Ranger and Adam 12 did for the last? Sure those old shows may be corny by our standards today, but that doesn’t mean the same vision, ideals, and principles couldn’t be celebrated with contemporary storytelling.