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Australia goes digital
January 1, 2008

Australia goes digital
The Labor Party got an early start by disbanding Digital Australia, a body that was created to oversee the country’s conversion to digital-terrestrial broadcasting. The switch from analog that was set to take place sometime after 2010 under the previous government has now been given a firm date of December 31, 2013.

Call for entries
Aussie broadcaster ABC and the Australian Film Commission are calling for proposals for half-hour and one-hour documentaries that explore contemporary issues and culture from a young perspective. The docs will run on ABC and ABC2, and the call is open to emerging filmmakers 35 years old and younger. The deadline is March 10. Visit for details.

Australian Communications and Media Authority
The ACMA is a government agency responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, the Internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications in Australia.

Australian Film Commission
The AFC is an agency of the Australian Government that supports the development and production of film, television and interactive media projects through various loans and grants.

Film Australia
Film Australia acts much like Canada’s National Film Board, producing, distributing and marketing television documentaries and educational programs that deal with matters of national interest. It has its own studio, distribution, library and learning center.

Film Finance Corporation
The FFC is the Australian Government’s principle agency for funding the production of film and television. To date, the FFC has invested in 1,079 projects with a total production value of AU$2.58 billion (US$2.27 billion).

New South Wales Film and Television Office
The FTO’s mission is to facilitate the excellence and commercial growth of the film and television industry in New South Wales. It offers various incentives to film in the area.

Film Victoria
Much like the FTO, Film Victoria encourages filming in Victoria through assistance to the film, television and multimedia industry.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.