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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 12 December 2015
16 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 12 DECEMBER 2015 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Tropfest saved by CGU The event will be moved to 14 February, supported by the leading insurance provider The world's largest short film festival, Tropfest, will eventually make a comeback in 2016 thanks to CGU Insurance. The festival's management announced on Monday that the free event will be staged on Valentine's Day next year, expecting a live national audience of 150,000 attendees. Sixteen finalist films will premiere live in Sydney's Centennial Parklands on the day and will also be broadcast free-to-air from 9.00 pm on SBS 2. Tropfest has been providing unique platforms for talented filmmakers through its events and initiatives since it was established in 1993 by founder and festival director John Polson. More than 1.6 million people have attended the iconic institution during these 23 years, while hundreds of thousands more watch it via the live TV broadcast. "As a free, outdoor event, Tropfest makes short film accessible to all. There's nothing else quite like it and I think that's what people love," John Polson stated, reassuring fans that Trop Jr, the festival's competition for filmmakers aged 15 and under, will also run on Valentine's Day. "Thanks to the support given by CGU Insurance, we're now able to restore Tropfest for the filmmakers whose work was put on hold, for our fans, and of course, for the suppliers and partners who all give so much to make the world's largest short film festival a reality. It's the comeback story of the decade." Ben Bessell, commercial insurance chief executive for IAG, which owns the CGU business, said that "supporting this fantastic cultural event is about creating a renewed opportunity for Tropfest and all those small businesses associated with the event to continue to thrive and get some business done". "It's also about supporting the wider community, who are avid fans of film and entertainment, and giving them an opportunity to Screen Australia boosts gender equality and cultural diversity Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason has publicly committed to reform on the gender front, focusing "on female-led creative teams rather than individuals". In conjunction with national broadcasters, Screen Australia is working on a new benchmark study on cultural diversity in TV drama, which it expects to release in 2016. Screen Australia has put $5 million on the table over the next three years for its Gender Matters program, at a time when it has faced savage cuts across the emerging sector, in documentary and soon in the innovative multimedia and games sector, not to mention the shortage of women directors in television. Gender Matters is a direct response to the status of women in the screen industry, but Screen Australia recognises that there are other groups that are under-represented. faced by women who take time out of the workforce. "The guidelines will be prepared and reviewed quickly, so the first call-out can be made at the end of January or early February. Applicants will have six weeks to prepare their proposals, and the whole first round will be finished by the end of the financial year," the statement explains. Fiona Cameron has While Screen Australia does not want to dilute its gender strategy, it acknowledges it is part of a wider issue about representation by and about minorities. The release describes four new subsidised programs promoting women in the industry as well as individuals with an ethnic background. Moreover, assessment criteria changes are to be made across Screen Australia, aimed at encouraging projects that promote gender and cultural diversity, plus at removing the barriers confirmed that Screen Australia is already working on this study, and that both the ABC and SBS have agreed to co-operate. While this is a solid base point, it will go wider to explore diversity in commercial FTA and subscription television. Meanwhile, Screen NSW is also to set a formal target by the end of 2018, reflecting the sentiment expressed by the Australian Directors Guild in its announcement just last week. come along and enjoy a free cultural event." In addition to new partner CGU Insurance, Tropfest is supported by the NSW government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW and Screen NSW, as well as returning major partners Qantas, Nikon, Centennial Parklands, SBS 2, Screen Australia and Nova 96.9. Source: SBS, ABC A historical tour of Melbourne like no other They say if you know where to look, you can read the past in the city. When it comes to the city of Melbourne, the Hellenic Museum has you covered. This weekend, on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December, locals and travellers alike have the opportunity to take an insightful, historical tour with storyteller Dale Campisi. The author of travel and city guides Melbourne Precincts and Melbourne Villages will take each group on a tour through the CBD, starting from Sean Godsell's fullyautomated, blossoming 2014 MPavilion located at the Hellenic Museum, through to the AL_A's 2015 MPavilion in Queen Victoria Gardens. Along the way, the tour guide will inform you of characters and events that make up Melbourne's exciting history. The tours will begin at the Hellenic Museum at 4.00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, and will take approximately two hours. Be sure to plan an early arrival so as to not miss the opportunity of a pre-tour roam through the museum, which in itself has a rich history. This is a free event, but bookings are essential as numbers are limited. For more information, visit www.hellenic.org.au DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Queen Victoria Gardens, Melbourne (Lady Janet Clarke rotunda), c. 19001920, photographer unknown. PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA.
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