All three of these films - UK/Australian period film Bright Star, horror film Long Weekend and comedy drama Subdivision - have received financing through FFC's marketplace door. This means that at least 55% of the budget is coming from other sources.
The other two films are by first-time directors and have come through the FFC's evaluation door.
The FFC has also signalled its intention to fund an additional six feature films including The Cup, which will mark Simon Wincer's first film back in Australia for 20 years, and Balibo, about the deaths of five members of the media in East Timor.
Financed through Marketplace:
Jan Chapman Films Pty Ltd
Producers: Jan Chapman, Caroline Hewitt
Director/Writer: Jane Campion
Sales and Distribution: Hopscotch, Pathe
Synopsis: Intense exploration of the two-year relationship between the 18-year-old Fanny Brawne and 23-year-old John Keats; the now famous English romantic poet.
Arclight Films Pty Ltd
Producers: Nigel Odell, Gary Hamilton
Director: Jamie Blanks
Writer: Everett De Roche
Sales and Distribution: Arclight Films, Arclight Films International
Synopsis: A married couple takes a camping trip to a remote beach to heal their savagely wounded relationship, but prove as destructive and lethal to the world around them as they are to themselves.
Executive Producer: Janice Bradnam, Richard Guardian, Trish Lake,
Producers: Trish Lake, Owen Johnston
Director: Sue Brooks
Writers: Janice Bradnam, Ashley Bradnam, Terry McCann
Sales and Distribution: Lightning Entertainment, Buena Vista Australia, Reyna Films, Motion Picture Distribution LP
Synopsis: When Southern developers move in on Hervey Bay, hot young exec Tiffany Lambert, forces local builders to lift their game.
Financed through Evaluation:
TO HELL & BOURKE
Media World Pictures Pty Ltd
Producer: Ross Hutchens
Director/Writer: Richard Frankland
Sales and Distribution: SBSi, Lightning Entertainment
Synopsis: Eddie is being drawn home from the city on important cultural business, but his trip gets off to a rocky start when he discovers his older but more wayward cousin Charlie has 'lost' Eddie's special stone.
TWO FISTS ONE HEART
Palm Beach Pictures Pty Ltd
Producer: David Elfick
Director: Shawn Seet
Writer: Rai Fazio, Jan Sardi
Sales and Distribution: Buena Vista International, Showtime PMP, Hanway Films
Synopsis: The story of how a father's thwarted ambition threatens to destroy his most precious possessions - the love of his wife and the allegiance of his son.
Letters of Intent through Evaluation:
VOICES IN DEEP
Producer/Director/Writer: Alkinos Tsilimidos
Producer: Paul Walton
Sales and Distribution: IFM World Releasing
Synopsis: A cinematic cocktail featuring a Vietnam veteran with a penchant for flashing women, an underage hooker, her delinquent brother and a lonely nymphomaniac.
Lunar Films and Film Art Doco
Producer: Sue Maslin
Director/Writer: Clara Law
Writer: Eddie LC Fong
Sales and Distribution: Cineclick Asia
Synopsis: The story of a woman who has psychic power but fails to see a catastrophe looming when a stranger gatecrashes her life.
Balibo Film Pty Ltd
Executive Producers: Andrew Myer
Producer: John Maynard, Rebecca Williamson
Director/Writer: Robert Connolly
Writer: David Williamson
Sales and Distribution: Footprint Films
Synopsis: War correspondent Roger East and the young Jose Ramos Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five.
Executive Producer: Trish Lake
Producer/Director/Writer: Peter Hegedus
Producers: Jane Jeffes, Trish Lake
Sales and Distribution: Cinema Libre
Synopsis: A film challenging our notions - positive and negative - of the US and the American Dream.
An Actors Cafe/Instinct Entertainment co-production
Producer/Director/Writer: Matt Norman
Producer: David Redman
Sales and Distribution: Instinct Distribution, Instinct Eden Rock International
Synopsis: There has never been a convenient time to protest against injustice.
Producer/Director/Writer: Simon Wincer
Producers: Jan Bladier, David Lee, Lance Hool
Writer: Eric O'Keefe
Sales and Distribution: Roadshow Films, Myriad Pictures
Synopsis: The story of a jockey facing the most difficult challenge of his life, following the tragic death of his brother, in the lead up to the 2002 Melbourne Cup.