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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
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.