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:: Spotlight :: Melbourne On Screen 2005 launched

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Melbourne on Screen 2005 was launched at an exciting night at Central City Studios at Docklands recently. Melbourne on Screen is a fresh, dynamic event - the only one of its kind in Australia that draws the film, television and new media industries together. It certainly drew the attention of all the film industry guests who attended the launch.

Established last year as an initiative of the Victorian State Government, Melbourne on Screen will run for eight days in November and provides both the industry and general public with the opportunity to view, discuss and explore all aspects of film, television and new media creation and production; from screenwriting through to distribution.

Speaking at the launch, Janet Whiting, the acting Chairperson for the Victorian Major Events Company, enthused, “The Victorian Major Events Company is delighted to once again be driving the film & television industries through Melbourne On Screen. The AFI Awards will surely be one of the highlights in the cultural events calendar”

Minister for the Arts, Mary Delahunty, said at the launch, “Melbourne on Screen provides access to new ideas, encourages collaboration and innovation and highlights the achievements of our local talent in film, television and new media. It is part of the Bracks Government’s commitment to the sector and to developing our State’s creative industries.”

Building on the successes of 2004, Melbourne On Screen welcomes back the AFI, AWG, FV, The AFC and X Media Lab, and is delighted to announce the inclusion of many new event partners from within the industry, including: The Screen Services of Victoria Association, The Australian Cinematographers Society, The Australian Screen Directors Association and Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Melbourne on Screen is also a time for celebrating and honouring achievement with the AFI Awards, AWGIES, and Cinematographer's Awards.

Melbourne on Screen takes place in and around Melbourne’s CBD at ACMI, Federation Square, Docklands Studios and various venues within the city. The event runs from November 11 to 19, 2005.

We will have much more information in the lead-up to the events in November.