Learn English with Flower Fibi

Flower Fibi + Friends

By educational, news

Our brand new educational kids series Flower Fibi + Friends is an original teaching series specifically designed to help pre-school children learn English through songs, books & games.

Created by certified TESOL educator, Tina A.Wake, the series offers a mix of live action and animation, access to online teaching resources, activities and music. This series fills a huge gap in the language learning market by focusing on repetition and situational English, it’s a perfect addition to educational platforms and teaching resources.

Flower Fibi is joined by Aquamarina, Smiley Simon and Rainbow Rae as well as Patrick the Penguin and Sneaky Squirrel, to guide kids through a fun, exciting learning experience. Adults will love it too!

“I believe that learning should be fun, something to look forward to. I know that children will really latch on to the characters and forget that they are even learning another language”

Producer:  Tina A. Wake

 

Each episode has a focus on two countries to engage children the world over learn English relevant to their country of origin, and introduce them to other cultures.

Covering the four basic components, reading, writing, speaking and listening, in bite sized fun episodes, an exclusive first run is available for the right platform, looking to partner with the brand and option future seasons.

Get in touch to learn more about Flower Fibi + Friends or watch the trailer below.

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Covid Nations Doc Short

Mipcom – New releases

By business, news

Straight off the back of a busy Mipcom, we are excited to unveil our new content released exclusively at the 2020 online event.

We are thrilled to be partnering once again with the Division Productions and Mark Worman, to distribute two brand new series straight from the garage and brains behind Graveyard Carz.

14th Street Wheels is a homage to your youth, a time when kids tinkered in the garage rather than with tik tok. In this series Mark and Cousin Dougie find anything with wheels or an engine, explore its history and build it. You can follow along at home for a DIY experience, or sit back for a trip down memory lane. Fun and family friendly, 14th Street Wheels will educate, inspire and entertain!

Mark’s used-car-salesman persona arrives at the forefront in Graveyard Dreamz. Set in a 70’s inspired car yard, Mark and his dream team promise to search for the prized car of your youth. Maybe it was your first ride, maybe your Dad’s pride and joy. If they can’t find the original from your heyday, they’ll build a replica! Dreams are bought back to life in this treasure hunt for Mopar originals.

And if that’s not enough for your auto loving audience, an all new season of Graveyard Carz is now available world wide.

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Turning to our documentary slate and we offer two new heart-warming tales exploring the spirit of humanity and the determination of humans to facilitate significant change and growth – both personally, and as role models for those around them.

A Head Full of Doubt, takes in seven years of the incredible success of the B.A.M program in Chicago. Previously considered the murder capital of America, this engaging documentary showcases the beauty that comes from mentoring youth in a city that needs it most. Curated and developed by Tony DiVittorio, and inspired by his youth without a father figure, the B.A.M program has made headlines world wide for its encouragement and guidance of kids on the border of adulthood.

Shot across three continents and over a five year journey, The World’s Best Film follows twelve individuals striving for greatness. Thailand gives us the World’s best taxi driver while in Sweden we are introduced to the World’s best town planner. This is a traveling tale celebrating the human endeavor to be the best you can be. Fun, quirky and possibly The World’s Best Film!

 

This year has produced many things. The greatest, we think, is the many stories emerging, telling tales of community spirit and collaboration. Helping the vulnerable and passing it forward, during what has been a difficult and unprecedented time for businesses and us as humans.

We have curated some of the best Covid stories in our new Short Content selection. Food Forward delivers three short documentaries shining a light on businesses adapting to the pandemic driven food supply chain issues, in the US. Highlighting three sectors – The Plate, The Sea and The Farm – Food Forward delivers on all fronts, with stories of community and businesses coming together to help each other survive.

Straight from a remote Navajo community, comes a story of survival in Covid Nations. When an Australian naturopath and herbalist, finds herself in the centre of an indigenous community with limited health facilities, she rolls up her sleeves and begins educating and steering the group through the only pandemic any of them have known.

Covid Nations articulates the many challenges of remote communities navigating Covid with little access to mainstream healthcare. Beautifully shot, this short documentary is a thought-provoking tale, offering an alternative viewpoint of the 2020 story.

You can view sizzles of all our new releases here.

Found something your audience will love? Get in touch for more info.

 

Mipcom 2020

By industry news

As Mipcom pivots for the first time to an online only networking event, we have joined participants from all over the world at what is arguably the biggest content market of the year.

Armed with a slate of new releases including our brand new Shorts selection, we want to connect with buyers looking to establish new opportunities and explore exclusive content.

Our non-fiction catalogue covers unique documentaries, automotive, lifestyle and travel series, and our shorts selection includes doc series, travel and wellbeing, perfect for fillers or VOD.

There is plenty of content to get excited about including brand new series from the producers of Graveyard Carz and pre-sale partnership opportunities for our Originals.

Book a meetup with us at Mipcom to chat further.

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A head full of doubt documentary

A Head Full of Doubt

By documentary, news

We are excited to add the powerful documentary A Head Full of Doubt to our catalogue in the lead up to MIPCOM.

In what has been a year of bad news stories, A Head Full of Doubt, set in Chicago, offers hope to a generation of kids desperate for direction and encouragement.

In Chicago, 2008 was a violent year culminating with high murder rates, escalating gang activity and low graduation rates. This set the stage for what is best described as the city’s tipping point.

On Chicago’s south and west sides a large percentage of boys grow up lacking fathers figures. Enter Tony DiVittorio, a high school councillor, who set out to lead a generation of youth by creating a male character development program called B.A.M. (Becoming A Man).

His goal was to build men of integrity by focusing on core values like respect, responsibility and self-determination.

Over seven years, filmmaker Jason Weisner began documenting the B.A.M program and Tony DiVittorio’s personal story of empowerment, which continues to help young men today.

What emerged is an inspirational documentary about a generation of youth who are desperately searching for someone to believe in them.

Now available for worldwide release, A Head Full of Doubt is a poignant reminder of the power of humanity.

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Watch the trailer below or browse more documentary releases here

 

 

Exceptional TV content wanted!

By news

We are looking for TV content!

Got an exceptional doc or series that deserves an audience? With production halted on a world wide scale, we have clients looking for content to fill their schedules.

While the pandemic is putting millions more bums on seats – those stuck at home in search of compelling entertainment or hoping to travel vicariously through their screens – finished content is gold and now is the time to unveil your hard work and find the right home for your program.

We specialise in non-fiction content and present our exclusive titles to buyers across the marketplace. From streaming platforms to free to air pubcasters, they all have an audience to entertain, inform and keep.

It’s more important than ever for buyers to seek content to captivate their audience, the competition in the somewhat crowded corona-hazed arena of content is fierce, but it creates opportunities for you!

Yes you, the producers, the ones that have worked night and day to get your ideas fleshed out or project baby produced.

Now is your time!

Not quite ready?

Stuck somewhere in the development, half shot…partly colour graded middle. The deep pizza box wilderness of never ending post production?

That’s cool! We want to hear from you too…our imaginary, squeaky clean doors are open to chat about how we might work together.

So here’s the short version: Our clients are looking for content, if you have a great series or documentary you’re itching to find a home for, get in touch. Simple.

Should we have put that at the beginning? Probably.

Anyway, put that Uber Eats down and shoot us an email, we’d love to hear from you.

 

Lisa & Marilyn

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Meet the Maker : Stuart McBratney

By Meet the Maker

STUART MCBRATNEY. DESIGNER. LECTURER. FILMMAKER

Stuart McBratney and co producer Julia Nalivaiko, travelled Back to the Soviet Bloc to produce a celebrational series honouring Julia’s country of birth. The result was a seven part exploration of culture, food, cities and customs as Julia answered the hard questions about the former Soviet Union.

With 30 years of experience behind the camera, Stuart McBratney’s work has been widely seen. Having made hundreds of tv commercials, music videos and three feature films, as well as Back in the Soviet Bloc.

With a PhD in design, he is currently a Lecturer in Transmedia Storytelling at the University of Newcastle, Australia while producing films under McBrat motion pictures.  His last two features, Pop-Up (2016) and Don’t Read This on a Plane (2020) have secured international release through Los Angeles-based sales agent Cardinal XD and he’s now in pre-production on his 4th feature film, Long Thought Lost.

His clients as a copywriter/director of commercial campaigns include: Downer Engineering, Kayak, Canon, Sukin Organics, Seiko, McDonalds, Honda, Nike, Lipton, BCF, and Sony Music.

Back in the Soviet Bloc TV Series

Back in the Soviet Bloc is an insightful and thoughtful journey offering a unique viewing experience through the colourful and curious former Soviet Union, offering a unique perspective on the relationship between Russia and the Ukraine following its collapse.

Through laughter, tears, furry hats and a special reunion, Back in the Soviet Bloc is currently screening on SBS Australia.

Get in touch to see if this 7 part travel and culture series is available in your territory.

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The World's Best Film documentary - Australian Content

Meet the Maker : Joshua Belinfante

By Meet the Maker

JOSHUA BELINFANTE. FILMMAKER & PRODUCER OF THE WORLD’S BEST FILM

Joshua Belinfante is an Australian-Polish filmmaker with an eye for the eccentric and the surreal. He founded Finesilver Media in 2018 and has been producing short films, music videos and stop motion animations since 2008.

His feature documentary The World’s Best Film chronicles the journey of individuals to make a life, rather than a living. An original, quirky documentary that aims to inspire people to pursue their dreams.

Filmed over a period of five years across three continents, the film is proof that anybody can do anything they put their minds towards.

Through the film’s journey we discover that these individuals don’t actually need to be the world’s best at what they do, just the very best that they can be.

The worlds best film

In 2008, at the age of 18, Joshua won an international documentary competition My Israel and was flown to Washington DC to screen his short film, in front of international delegates from around the globe.

Since that time he has worked on numerous features and TV shows in Australia for networks such as Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Channel 9 & SBS.

Joshua has exhibited films in Australia, Asia, the USA and Europe and has won numerous awards for his work. His recent film Requires Review has screened at festivals and garnered plaudits such as ‘Best Short Documentary’ at the Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival, Around International Festival in Berlin, and the Sydney Indie Film Festival.

The World’s Best Film is an anthology documentary following 12 people who are striving to be the world’s best at strange, off-beat and amazing things.

It’s available now for your platform – get in touch

Australian Documentary

Meet the Maker : James Freemantle

By Meet the Maker

JAMES FREEMANTLE. FILMMAKER & STORYTELLER. PRODUCER OF BUSH TO BELLY

When a friend told me he was working with students from the remote Yiyili community in the Kimberley, in outback Australia, to establish a teaching café, I was interested.

When he said the children were putting an Italian coffee machine in the back of a four-wheel drive and making coffees for 500 bike riders along the Gibb River Road, I had to make a film.

“We chose to listen, to open ourselves to whatever came along, and the children of Bush to Belly gave us more quiet wisdom, dignity and cause for optimism than we could have hoped for.”

Funding was raised and award winning Australian actor Deborah Mailman was our first and only choice to voice the film. Bush to Belly was the name of the café and aptly adopted as the name for the film documenting the adventure.

When buses of tourists came into the community to look at their art, the kids – for the first time – had a reason to interact with people from outside. They were learning to communicate, make barista coffees and running a small business.

Bush to Belly documentary

The country up there is red and the sky is blue.

The old people are worn, patient and determined that their children know their language, culture and country as well as thriving in ‘whitefella way’. They see partnerships as essential to this outcome and are prepared to let their children go away to learn skills and gain knowledge because they will come back and make Yiyili and their Gooniyandi culture stronger.

“For a short time we were part of something ancient and magical. We were offered sacred places and heard the spirit of survival. We were outsiders, observers, intruders; and we were welcomed.”

James Freemantle connects with people as a business coach, mentor and producer.

To find out more about Bush to Belly get in touch.

Wantok meri documentary

Meet the Maker : Richard Savage

By Meet the Maker

RICHARD SAVAGE. ARTIST & PASSIONATE FILMMAKER

WANTOK MERI | WANTOK = A CLOSE COMRADE | MERI = WOMAN

Richard Savage is an Australian based filmmaker and artist with a strong connection to Papua New Guinea. His documentary Wantok Meri is testament to his admiration and respect for the culture, traditions and landscape of one of the most culturally diverse and untouched places on the planet.

“Wantok Meri is dedicated to the women of Papua New Guinea. This is their story.” Richard Savage

Having lived and worked in Papua New Guinea (PNG) from an early age, Richard Savage, developed an interest and passion for the people, culture, traditions and landscape of this culturally diverse and rich country. Richard made Wantok Meri because of his admiration and respect for the women of PNG, realising they are the backbone of the economy and family, his aim was to promote their voices and hear their stories. Gender inequality remains a major development challenge in PNG. Violence against women is unacceptably high and PNG’s systems of family and community relationships often exclude women from leadership and decision making roles. Wantok Meri is dedicated to the women of Papua New Guinea whose lives – difficult and uncomplicated – make the country a better place.

Contact us to request a screener of Wantok Meri 1×60 documentary

Wantok meri documentary, Richard Savage, Papua New Guinea Documentary

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Medical Marijuana

Meet the Maker : Helen Kapalos

By Meet the Maker

HELEN KAPALOS. JOURNALIST. PRESENTER. FILMMAKER & PRODUCER OF A LIFE OF ITS OWN – THE TRUTH ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA

MEDICINAL CANNABIS…. THE COMPLETE STORY

A life of its own – The truth about Medical Marijuana has screened on Netflix and SBS Australia

When I first decided to embark on this documentary, it wasn’t even a conscious decision. It just happened. At the time I was working as a senior reporter on the Sunday Night program for the Seven Network.  I was assigned a story that would change the course of my life. 

The story was about a 24 year old battling bowel cancer. His name was Dan Haslam and he lived in Tamworth (the home of country music). The story was receiving a lot of press attention, because Dan was using medicinal cannabis to not only relieve pain and nausea from chemotherapy, but he was also treating his cancer with cannabis oil. 

What made things especially interesting is that he was encouraged down this path by his parents Lucy (a nurse) and Lou Haslam (a retired drug squad detective).  They believed so strongly in the curative power of medicinal cannabis they felt the story needed to be shared with the broader community. 

The story became the catalyst in launching a national campaign to legalise medicinal cannabis. Many families came forward to tell their story and it was a case of people ahead of politics. A grass roots campaign had gained the momentum of an avalanche within months.

A life of its own takes the story further. Compelled to do this without any editorial interference I made the decision to fund the film myself which allowed me to travel around Australia and throughout Israel – a country recognised as a world-leader in medicinal cannabis research and use. 

What was found through interviews with medical practitioners, researchers and patients was remarkable and as it took on a life of its own, a new and more compelling story emerged about why we are still fighting to gain ready access to a plant acknowledged widely for its healing properties.

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Find out more about A Life of Its Own – The Truth about Medical Marijuana