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  • Ones To Watch Mentors

    Screen Producers Australia has announce the names of some of Australia’s most prolific producing talent who will mentor the Ones to Watch Cohort. The mentors will help develop the business acumen of the Ones To Watch, fostering the growth of Australia’s up and coming industry creative leaders as they build their slates in the lead-up to pitching network executives and distributors at Screen Forever Market in May, 2023. This unique mentorship program combines with specially curated development sessions and industry profiling opportunities designed to accelerate the careers of Australia’s next generation content creators. The 12 Ones To Watch creatives will have the opportunity to learn from the likes of Industry leaders including; Tony Ayres, Rosemary Blight and Kylie Du Fresne (Goalpost Pictures), Joanna Werner (Werner Film), Polly Staniford and Angie Fielder (Aquarius Films) and many more, as they build their projects in the lead-up to pitching opportunities at Screen Forever. The list of Ones To Watch cohort members and their respective mentors is below: Aven Yap - Joanna Werner - Werner Film Productions Bethany Bruce - Charlotte Wheaton & Nick Batzias - GoodThing Productions Chanel Bowen - Rosemary Blight & Kylie Du Fresne - Goalpost Pictures Christopher Amos - Tony Ayres - Tony Ayres Productions Cyna Strachan - Alastair McKinnon - Matchbox Pictures Debbie Zhou - Rachel Gardner - Curio Pictures Emma Roberts - Nathan Anderson - New Canvas Hanna Griffiths - Polly Staniford & Angie Fielder - Aquarius Films Jason Chong - Micah Hewson - ITV Studios Australia Luke Saliba - Rick Kalowski - Whoa Bandit Productions Sierra Schrader - Michael McMahon - Big & Little Films Tim Russell - Jo Porter - Curio Pictures SPA CEO Matthew Deaner said the guidance provided by the Ones To Watch mentorship would play a crucial role in developing the skills necessary to excel in a rapidly evolving and competitive industry. The SPA members who have generously agreed to share their time, experience, skills, and passion for our industry take great pride in their collective role in nurturing the next generation of leading Australian producers - Mathew Deaner CEO Each participant in the program will also have the opportunity to apply for the Ones To Watch Internship, supported by Screen Australia, and secure placement with a production company anywhere in the world. Read the FULL article at IN FILM MAGAZINE here and for more info visit SPA here

  • SWIFF Shines a Spotlight on Female Filmmakers

    Sydney Women’s International Film Festival is a film festival for women by women, where excellence in female filmmaking is celebrated. Offering networking opportunities and the chance to view some of the greatest films coming from female filmmakers across the world. Join in celebrating female filmmaking excellence at the Sydney Women's International Film Festival Online from November 25th - 28th, 2022 (AEST). FEATURING Official Selection Films On Demand Q&A's with the Filmmakers Informative Talks Networking Sessions Interactive Experiences and more GUEST SPEAKERS Karen Trang Digital Culture Join an informative session with Vietnamese Producer, Designer and Digital Culture Specialist Karen Trang to discuss the history of digital art and discover the importance of digital and generational communities and what they can do for your filmmaking projects Hanna Griffiths Production & Distribution Learn from award-winning Australian Producer Hanna Griffiths, selected for SPA Ones To Watch. Her experience includes working with Disney, Paramount Studios, RSA Films, Untitled Entertainment and more. Plan how to produce your film, secure worldwide distribution and find out what distributors are looking for. Chiara Gizzi Protecting Your Energy Get inspired with a motivational session by online sensation, Australian Director, Producer, and Actor Chiara Gizzi whose new inspirational Fearless Soul Youtube series is breaking the internet. Learn how to protect your feminine energy in this male-dominated industry. Be inspired and motivated. For the full lineup of films With such a terrible loss of international women's rights these past 12 months there has never been a more important time for women in film to network, support one another and celebrate female filmmaking excellence in our 22nd century - Clare McCann (Festival Director) Clare McCann is an award-winning Actor and filmmaker specialising in Direction, Writing, Production, Design, Movement, Music and Popular Culture. Clare studied a BA in Dramatic Arts and Theatre Making, as well as Certificates in Production, Cinematography, Music Theatre and News Media. Clare has studied at AADA and AFTRS and worked as a Drama, Voice and Movement Tutor at NIDA and was the campaign representative for Save The Roxy Theatre. Clare is known for her break-out lead role as Cherry on Foxtel’s Astra award-winning series Blog Party which she then joined the writing team of before creating Foxtel’s What You Want series. Clare’s first fully written, produced, directed and designed short film, Mirror Girl, was a finalist in the Sci-Fi Film Festival where she was also nominated for Best Performance. Clare was the Creative Director at The Star (casino) where she launched TAO Group's Marquee Sydney, the Dom Perignon Masquerade Ball, the Belvedere Winter Ball, and the Mad Hatter’s Ball to name a few. During her time at The Star Clare also worked Creative Directing commercials, music videos and marketing campaigns with companies such as Coca-Cola. Benefited, her feature film writing, producing and directorial debut, premiered at Sydney Indie Film Festival and was also an official selection for the 2021 AACTA’s and 2020 Sanctuary Cove International Film Festival and has won a collection of 11 international awards. Benefited is currently streaming on Prime, Tubi and Fetch TV. SWIFF Online Nov 25th-28th AEST Tickets Available NOW Blinded by Rainbows® new stratospheres of storytelling blindedbyrainbows #swiff #blindedbyrainbows #femalefilmmakers #womeninfilm #hannagriffiths #claremccann #filmfreeway #filmocracy

  • SPA Ones To Watch

    The 2022 Ones To Watch have been announced by Screen Producers Australia (SPA). Every year, SPA selects up-and-coming producers looking to accelerate their screen business acumen to the next level. 12 producers were selected who are passionate about creating screen stories based on First Nations families, extraordinary life stories, off-beat edgy comedies, LGBTQIA+ narratives, female empowerment, and diverse expression. The 12 producers who will make up the SPA Ones To Watch cohort for 2022 have been announced by Screen Producers Australia. Over the coming months, the SPA Ones To Watch will be matched with leading Australian producers for a one-on-one meeting and will take part in an exclusive webinar series to develop their creative slate and business skills in the lead-up to next year’s Screen Forever conference. The 12 producers selected for this year’s program are: Aven Yap – Nimbus Creative (Qld) Bethany Bruce – Staple Fiction (NSW) Chanel Bowen – Independent (WA) Christopher Amos – Independent (Qld) Cyna Strachan – Mad Ones Films (NSW) Debbie Zhou – Independent (NSW) (above, far right) Emma Roberts – Pernickety Split (Vic) (above, second from left) Hanna Griffiths – Blinded By Rainbows (Vic) Jason Chong – 1UP Digital (SA) (above, second from right) Luke Saliba – Paperless Films (Vic) Sierra Schrader – EveryNameTaken (SA) (above, far left) Tim Russell – Pivot Studios (NSW) “Since Ones To Watch debuted in 2013, scores of producers from every stage of their careers from across Australia have had their skillsets bolstered, and built upon their professional networks through the SPA program. The high calibre of diverse and exciting applications to the Ones To Watch program continues to impress me and serves as proof that our screen industry is brimming with talent and creativity unique to Australia, and that Australian culture and stories will continue to delight global audiences in the future. - Matthew Deaner, CEO of SPA Each participant in the program will also have the opportunity to apply for the Ones To Watch Internship, supported by Screen Australia, and secure placement with a production company anywhere in the world to the value of $20,000. The Ones To Watch began in 2013 and since then has allowed producers to build on their skill sets and professional networks through the SPA program. For more info visit the Screen Producers Australia website here Blinded by Rainbows® blindedbyrainbows #SPAONESTOWATCH #SCREENAUSTRALIA #HANNAGRIFFITHS #BLINDEDBYRAINBOWS #AUSFILM #VARIETY

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  • Hanna Griffiths - Screen Producers Australia - Ones To Watch

    News Ones To Watch Mentors Screen Producers Australia has announce the names of some of Australia’s most prolific producing talent who will mentor the Ones to Watch FEATURED POST News Ones To Watch Mentors Screen Producers Australia has announce the names of some of Australia’s most prolific producing talent who will mentor the Ones to Watch Film Festivals SWIFF Shines a Spotlight on Female Filmmakers Learn from award-winning Australian Producer Hanna Griffiths, at Sydney Women’s International Film Festival Film SPA Ones To Watch Hanna Griffiths makes Ones To Watch Screen Producers Australia (SPA) Class of 2022 list Film Festivals Find Your Greatness at Portland by Comcast Find Your Greatness, has been selected for the Portland Film Festival, presented by Comcast. By supporting independent voices Portland Film Film Based on Iconic Tweets Shot on Kodak 16mm film, Australian cinematographer Ari Wegner ACS conjured up a hellishly colorful confection for director Janicza Bravo’s Television In Pursuit of Nostalgia HBO Max's raw, controversial, and wildly successful YA drama, Euphoria. Switching the show's acquisition format to an all-film format Interviews Hanna Griffiths ft. Stack Magazine Working for a prominent LA production company where she discovered unexpected joy in working behind the scenes, learning the craft of film Books Picture Book of American Culture Annie Leibovitz Sumo is now available. Drawing on more than 40 years of work, for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s conceptual portraits Film Festivals Industrial Strength Compassion in Clean Discover the trailer for CLEAN, a documentary about Sandra Pankhurst. Selected for SXSW 2022 Read the story at Hollywood Reporter Interviews Women in Film Amplify Black Women’s Voices Hanna has partnered with Autumn Breon, the mastermind behind (Don’t) Use Me, the first iteration of the Frieze Art Fair located in Interviews Interview with Film Ink Magazine Hanna Griffiths has worn many hats, as she’s navigated her way through Australia’s entertainment industry and into the strange ever-shifting Interviews International Women’s Day Get the girl gang together to celebrate International Women's Day. The holiday, calls for gender parity around the world. Awards Academy Awards Deadline Contenders An exclusive event, designed to give AMPAS, BAFTA and Guild Members an overview of this year’s Awards Season Films. Film Festivals Play New Girls Club In the Play-New retelling, from the female perspective, Nike is revisiting the international campaign that advanced the London, Olympics. News Having a Mentor is Paramount The prestigious studio Paramount Pictures closed down the Studio and opened its gates to the families of Hollywood Pal. The studio hosted a More Posts ABOUT Recognised by Screen Producers Australia as a Ones To Watch. She has acquired the rights to adapt award-winning novels and extraordinary life stories, and is developing film and television projects offering key opportunities for First Australians and visionary artists to cultivate new stratospheres of storytelling. Read more INSTAGRAM SHOP Classic Vintage Cap TELEVISION Shantaram , based on the novel of the same name by Australian writer Gregory David Roberts. A fugitive Lin Ford looks to get lost in chaotic 1980s Bombay, alone in an unfamiliar city, Lin struggles to avoid trouble but falls for an enigmatic woman and must choose between freedom and love and the complications that come with it. Produced by Anonymous Content and Paramount Television Studios and distributed by Apple TV . Read more . CINEMA From director Phyllis Nagy's CALL JANE is a gripping and engrossing dramatisation of a pivotal, but largely ignored, chapter in history. Captured on Kodak 16mm film stocks, by DP Greta Zozula . It's Chicago, 1968, when the city and the nation are on the brink of social and political upheaval. Joy (Elizabeth Banks), a suburban housewife, leads a perfectly ordinary life with her husband and daughter. But when pregnancy leads to a life-threatening heart condition, she has to navigate beyond the all-male medical establishment unwilling to terminate her pregnancy in order to save her life. Read more. BOOKS Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering Is a modern lustful thrilling novel about that one person who still haunts you. ​ Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating. Read more BLINDED BY RAINBOWS BLINDED BY RAINBOWS® is an Entertainment Company cultivating new stratospheres of storytelling. Find out more here. ​ Film Club Join the club! Enter your email here Sign Up Thanks for submitting!

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    About Hanna Griffiths is an international award-winning actor, producer and filmmaker from Melbourne, Australia. Best known for championing high-integrity artists across multiple creative and production roles. Recognized by Women in Film Los Angeles as the "Breakout Producer" of 2021, and by Pinewood Studios London as a "Best Female Filmmaker" of 2022. Hanna shepherded independent films AMERICAN CHERRY and THE SINNERS to successful completion by first-time female feature directors, picking up numerous accolades, including the Cannes, Jury Prize award for "Best Picture" and "Best YA Drama" at the Berlin Film Festival. ​ In celebration of International Women's Day, The Hollywood Reporter featured Hanna as one of "Twelve Women" to watch for her work with Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros Entertainment, Walt Disney Studios, RSA Films, Untitled Entertainment, Foxtel and more, on film and television projects promoting equity, empowerment and diverse expression. ​ Known for acting roles on highly-acclaimed Australian television shows UNDERBELLY and RUSH, Hanna recently won "Best Picture" and "Best Supporting Actress" awards at the Sydney Womens International Film Festival for AMERICAN CHERRY, shot on Kodak film by the new-renaissance cinematographer Gus Bendinelli, directed by Marcella Crytrynowicz. ​ Hanna began acting as a teenager in theatre productions and starred with Olivia Newton-John in a series of Nintendo television commercials which led to a life-long mentorship. Hanna worked alongside the beloved late entertainer-advocate at the Liv Aid foundation and at the ONJ Cancer Research Foundation. ​ Under the banner of Entertainment Company Blinded by Rainbows , Hanna has acquired the rights to adapt award-winning novels and extraordinary life stories, and is developing film and television projects offering key opportunities for First Australians and visionary artists to cultivate new stratospheres of storytelling. Ever-awed by exquisite craft, Hanna is enamored with formats, lenses and vintage filters as she searches for unique and diverse image-makers whose tales she will share on this website. ​ Not one to shy away from challenges, the girl who rode to national prominence in the Garyowen dressage competition has now taken up the medieval art of mounted archery - accurately shooting a bow and arrow from a galloping horse with no hands on the reins. ​ Stay tuned! Life is a chromatic ride. ​ by R Hu ston (w. g.a) Awards SPA Ones To Watch, Cohort (2022) Covent Garden, Winner (2022) Portland, Nominee (2022) Rolling Ideas, Winner (2022) Vimeo Awards, Winner (2022) Travel Fest, Nominee (2022) Lift-off Pinewood London, Nominee (2022) LA Cinematography Awards, Winner (2022) Malibu Film, Nominee, (2022) SWIFF Awards, Winner (2021) Dallas Movie Awards, Winner (2021) Universal Film, Winner (2021) Austin International, Winner (2021) Fayetteville Film, Winner (2021) London New Wave, Winner (2021) Boston Independent, Nominee (2021) LA Independent, Winner (2021) Toronto Independent, Winner (2021) Cannes International Cinema, Winner (2021) Hollywood Golden Age, Winner (2021) Los Angeles Women in Film, Winner (2021) The Cut Film Series, Nominee (2021) LA Indies, Winner (2021) New York Cinematography Awards, Winner (2021) Miami Indie Film Awards, Winner (2021) Toronto International Women in Film, Winner (2021) Berlin International, Winner (2021) Chicago Film Awards, Winner (2021) Montreal Independent, Honorable (2021) TMFF, Winner (2021) Summit Creative, Nominee (2021) Lift-off Pinewood, Nominee (2020) Newark International, Winner (2021) Toronto Women in Film, Nominee (2020) Canadian Diversity, Nominee, (2020) Heartland International, Nominee (2020) Edmonton Internation, Nominee (2020) Dumbo, Nominee (2020) Toronto Independent, Winner (2020) Leo Awards, Nominee (2020) Catalina International, Winner (2020) Canadian Cinematography Awards, Winner (2020) Fantaspoa International, Nominee (2020) Fright Fest, Nominee (2020) Women in Horror, Nominee (2020) Toronto Spring of Horror & Fantasy, Nominee (2020) Mammoth, Nominee (2020) Los Angeles Cinematography Awards, Winner (2019) for more awards HERE

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