On the 13th of February, the Australian Law Reform Committee handed down their 474 page report, recommending to switch the Australian copyright system to Fair Use, replacing Fair Dealing. The final decision will have massive implications for the Australian documentary sector’s income. Anne Richey tracked the session.
The biennial NZ Film Festival in China will kick off next month, screening within the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), and delivering a dozen titles evenly split between shorts and features.
Good Pitch2, launched formally at the AIDC, could be a powerful game changer for independent producers. It is the latest version of the philanthropic support system developed through the Documentary Australia Foundation and the Shark Island Institute.
Script to Screen, the NZWG and the NZFC combine to deliver The Writers’ Lab Aotearoa, which will take the writers of up to six features through a five-day residential lab programme with local and international mentors.
Arriving less than two months before the Football World Cup kicks off in Sao Paolo, it`s appropriate that the Reel Brazil Film Festival acknowledges the importance of the beautiful game in its programme.
Peter Jackson`s The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug has continued its good run in China, adding US$26.57 million during its first full week on screens. After 10 days it`s taken just shy of US$60 million.