Netribution was set up at the end of 1999 by three friends to explore how the web could help independent filmmakers. The site had two main periods of activity:

  • 1999-2002: web 1 & dotcom crash. From the first issue on December 31st 1999, with the news of the AOL-Time Warner merger, Netribution was an extensive free resource of contacts, statistics, festivals, links, classifieds and funding info, alongside a weekly magazine that ran for 100 issues, with a combination of news, big name interviewsguides, essays, new talent profiles and comedy blogs. Edited by Tom Fogg and Nic Wistreich, and running against the first dotcom crash, the pure html 3,000+ page site never made a penny and stopped updating at the start of 2002 when poverty finally triumphed.
  • 2006 - 2010: web 2.0 & web video. Following a successful stint helping Shooting People relaunch as a paid-subscription service and the sell-out publication of a co-published funding book - and following a few false starts - Nic relaunched Netribution at the start of 2006 on an open-source CMS to let anyone contribute articles (artwork, right). Against the backdrop of the growth of social media and web video, the new site had dozens of articles being contributed each week from exclusive a-list interviews to popular essays. After the publication of the third edition of the film funding book, and with no revenue model for the site, increasingly dominated by PRs and link-farms, it began to wind-down to the occasional whisper of a blog it is today.

 

Strewth Mate - We're Broke Downunder

FFC AustraliaThe Australian Film Finance Corporation, the government film funding body, has announced it will fund no more films until after 1st July because it has run out of money, having spent its $35 million film allocation by last December.

 

IndiVisionChief executive Brian Rosen said similar situations occurred every year, but added that this financial year the organisation funded 16 films - more movies than any other year.


"That means there's going to be less money," he said. "There's always going to be people who miss out," he said.


"The fact is the demand on FFC money is far in excess of what we have in funding. We need more funding but similarly, we need more private-sector money and for the distributors and the TV networks to put up more money.”


Fortuitously perhaps, the Australian Film Commission is currently ruinning a series of low budget filmmaking courses aimed at writers, directors and producers


IndiVision Project Lab got underway in Sydney this week with a series of script workshops for their low-budget movies. This year's Lab has eight teams of writers, directors and producers working on films that include a bikie action-adventure, a family drama and a black comedy about rehab.