The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-05T22:01:41Z Australian Dance Vision announces workshop for teachers and dance students in Sydney 2017-03-05T22:01:41Z australian-dance-vision-announces-workshop-for-teachers-and-dance-students-in-sydney Australian Dance Vision announces workshop for teachers and dance students in Sydney On the 11th – 13th April 2017, dance teachers and students Australia-wide will have the opportunity to participate in a three-day dance workshop with some of Australia’s most talented and experienced teachers and experts from the dance industry. The workshop has been organised by leading Australian dance syllabus developer and provider, Australian Dance Vision (ADV) and will provide three days of content rich training and development in dance and personal development. It will be held from 9 to 13 April at the Ecole Ballet & Dance Theatre in Lindfield, NSW which is conveniently located opposite the train station. Penny Lancaster, Curriculum Director and Founding Director of ADV said: “As well as workshopping syllabus in classical ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary dance, teachers and their students will have special detailed technical understanding sessions in classical ballet and tap dancing with the industry’s best - with a dance motivational speaker.” The line-up for the workshop will include: Julia Barry – classical ballet technical tutor. Julia has taught all levels of dance for the past 38 years and is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School Teachers' Training Diploma Course and holds a Royal Academy of Dance Advanced Teaching Diploma. Morgan Junor-Larwood − ADV’s technical tap tutor. Morgan performed the role of ‘Slap’ in the 2013 Australian Anniversary tour of David Atkin’s Hot Shoe Shuffle and has some awesome new and interesting tap combinations. Penny Lancaster, Curriculum Director and Founding Director of ADV will talk about Australian Dance Institute’s Certificate I – IV in Dance and how students from the age of 12 can achieve a qualification in dance that is recognised by the Australian government and education system. Emma Franklin Bell, well-known motivational speaker and ex dancer will give her insights and coaching tips for teachers in their dance school promotion. “As well as our outstanding technical program, and techniques and tips for promotion, we have incorporated content for the wellbeing of students and teachers to address the ongoing pressures they face to achieve high standards.” Mrs Lancaster was an early adopter of holistic training for dance students and teachers and has been a prominent advocate for dance education complementing their technical training. ADV developed a syllabus that is above and beyond technique only. Through our syllabus, students learn how to dance with technical excellence and gain an understanding and appreciation of dance history, nutrition, anatomy and body awareness and the knowledge of career options and the ability to be a critical thinker." “This is an opportunity which is not to be missed and we encourage teachers, students and parents to enrol in this workshop,” Mrs Lancaster said. For further information on the workshop and and make a booking contact Emma Williamson: Tel: (02) 94494212 E: dancevision@bigpond.com Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Work Club wants to help bring side projects to life, launching after hours memberships 2016-12-19T22:10:00Z work-club-wants-to-help-bring-side-projects-to-life-launching-after-hours-memberships 20 December 2016 - Melbourne. Work Club Melbourne today launches its ‘side project’ membership, catering for anyone who wants to bring their side project to life. The membership provides access to Work Club on weekends and after 5.00pm on weekdays. Including all the benefits of Work Club after hours, the space is the ideal environment to grow a startup or develop a new career. Work Club member, ex Managing Director of Artesian Venture Partners and now founder and CEO of a new startup Xchange, Caitlin Iles, said “When I was working full-time and trying to develop Xchange I spent hours sitting in café or hotel lobbies feeding off the energy of its patrons. I was looking for a space like Work Club that I could access before and after work and on weekends where I could focus and incubate my ideas. I only wish I had found Work Club earlier in my journey of being a founder, I am sure I would have been months ahead of where I am now.” “My new business Xchange is currently in its infancy - we are preparing to launch in 2017. Without a doubt the quality of the interiors, the team and caliber of my colleagues at Work Club in Melbourne and Sydney have brought a level of credibility to my business that has given us a head start. In many ways it feels like an unfair advantage.” Founder of Work Club, Soren Trampedach, who has also designed workplaces for Google and Microsoft, said, “Being a Work Club member gives you so much more than just access to the highest quality workspace. Members also have access to our entertainment and hospitality lounges, concierge services, and member relationships so those starting their side project journey can meet people who are further along and can provide advice and inspiration to help with new ideas and information.” “We know that there are many people currently working in a corporate job that are either starting their own business on the side, or planning to become an independent consultant. This creates a need for energizing and inspiring environments where these corporate escapees can safely begin their transition to life outside of traditional employment. This side project membership provides a soft landing.” Ten side project memberships are available at Work Club Melbourne. Work Club Sydney plan to introduce this membership category in early 2017. More information: http://workclubglobal.com/memberships Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Nail Your Christmas Shopping This Year With RedBalloon 2016-11-15T07:29:56Z nail-your-christmas-shopping-this-year-with-redballoon-1 RedBalloon, Australia’s leading online experience and ‘things to do’ destination is taking the hassle out of Christmas shopping by revealing the latest, must-have gifts as we head into the festive season, with Christmas gift guides for each state and territory in Australia attached. With Christmas just around the corner, RedBalloon promises to take the stress out of present buying this year. And with more than 3500 experiences to choose from, they guarantee you’ll find something to suit everyone. “We’ve seen a strong increase in gourmet experience purchases over the last few years, driven by the growing reputation of Australia’s food and wine our increasingly acclaimed chefs and our passion for home cooking. Last Christmas the gourmet category was our most popular gifting category so we’ve worked hard through the year to ensure we have an even wider range of hands-on experiences on offer including cooking classes, barista courses, wine, beer and cheese tastings and gourmet gifts for anyone, no matter what their taste,” RedBalloon CEO Nick Baker said. RedBalloon gifts and vouchers are available up until Christmas Day, to ensure even the most last minute of shoppers can purchase something unique, meaningful and timely for the biggest gift giving day of the year. Aussies can browse more than 3500 experiences on offer at redballoon.com.au REDBALLOON’S TOP 3 CHRISTMAS GIFTING CATEGORIES 1. Gourmet Experiences Barista training course Patisserie masterclass Brewery tours and beer tasting 2. Outdoor Activities Horse riding activities Scenic cruises Vintage bike ride with picnic 3. Water Sport Experiences Sea turtle snorkel tour Crocodile cage of death Flyboarding experience ABOUT REDBALLOON RedBalloon.com.au is Australia’s most awarded online experience retailer and home of ‘things to do’. RedBalloon has sold almost 3 million experiences since it was established in 2001. Today it offers more than 3500 unique experiences from more than 1000 providers across Australia and New Zealand. RedBalloon also distributes gift cards through selected major retailers nationally, including Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Australia Post, Target, Kmart and Officeworks. Visit redballoon.com.au Further Information: Laura Sedgwick, lsedgwick@porternovelli.com.au / 02 8987 2114/ 0451 041 705 Nominations Open for 2017 Queen of Country Music Quest 2016-09-20T01:30:37Z nominations-open-for-2017-queen-of-country-music-quest Nominations for the 2017 Queen of Country Music Quest have opened, with local businesses and community groups urged to get involved in the event that’s been supporting local women since 1984. Now in its 32nd year, the Queen of Country Music Quest empowers young women from the Tamworth region to develop important personal and professional skills like public speaking, networking and community service. This year, the Quest has been given an added boost with the announcement it will be run by the Tamworth branch of international female advocacy group Zonta, which empowers women through service and advocacy. Tamworth Zonta Club president Deb Maes said she was excited about taking the Quest forward. “The club is committed to expanding the Quest and are joining collaboratively with others in the community so the Quest can be an even more valuable experience for the entrants, sponsors, employers and the whole community,” Deb said. Nominations close September 30, and is open to women aged 18-35 years who must be nominated and sponsored by their employer, a local business or community organisation to get involved. All Quest nominees will receive professional development in October and November including workshops on etiquette, grooming, personal presentation, media training, confidence coaching and a six-week public speaking and leadership course from The Tamworth Communicators. In December, 15 Quest finalists will be named, then officially “sashed” at the Tamworth Country Music Festival Opening Concert on Friday 20 January. These finalists will act as advocates of the Tamworth Country Music Festival and also of Tamworth as a destination of choice in NSW. The major honours -- Queen and Princess of Country Music -- will be announced at a gala dinner at the Tamworth Jockey Club on Friday 27th January 2017. The winner will be awarded the major prize, which this year is a trip to Tamworth’s sister city, Gore in New Zealand where she will represent Tamworth at the 2017 Gore Country Music Festival. Both the Queen and Princess will be ambassadors for Tamworth and the region throughout 2017, spending the next 12 months involved in a range of high-profile civic and community events, guest speaking engagements and corporate and festival functions. Last year’s Quest Winner, Madeline Lang, encouraged local women keen on personal and professional development to seek nomination from their employer or community group. “The Quest is a unique experience and I would absolutely encourage anyone who is interested in personal development to get involved. It’s also a great chance to learn new skills, gain professional and personal confidence and make some good friends along the way,” Madeline said. Entrants must be available to attend all scheduled events throughout the Tamworth Country Music Festival and later events throughout 2017. Nomination forms can be found at the Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth website located here. >ENDS< Media Contact: Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications Tel: 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 Sami Yusuf, Britain’s biggest singer in the Middle East, announces first New Zealand concert 2016-05-19T01:30:28Z sami-yusuf-britain-s-biggest-singer-in-the-middle-east-announces-first-new-zealand-concert This July, experience Sami Yusuf’s unique voice firsthand when the UK’s biggest star in the Middle East takes the stage in Auckland.   Immerse yourself in the world of “Spiritique” as the founder of the genre, Sami Yusuf, graces Auckland’s Town Hall with peace and harmony on Sunday 10 July 2016. With tickets starting from only NZ$65, this is the best opportunity for New Zealand fans to personally experience Yusuf’s inspiring music.   The Guardian recognised Yusuf as Britain’s biggest star in the Middle East who has sold 34 million albums to date and is distinguished worldwide for the celebrated concerts of harmony he performs. His Auckland show will be no different.   In the current global atmosphere of conflict and turmoil, Yusuf's message of peace and harmony is timely and much needed.   Appointed by the United Nations as both the World’s Global Ambassador Against Hunger and the promoter of World peace and harmony, Yusuf is by no means your typical British celebrity. The brilliant singer is also well renowned for his astounding talent as a composer, producer and instrumentalist. The transcendent message of traditional music speaks for the core of Yusuf’s passions. He strongly believes that the world’s traditions are expressions of the same ultimate truth. Music for him is an expression of divine love and the love of all the great traditions. Speaking of his very first Australian and New Zealand tour, the London based singer cannot conceal his excitement. “I do know that both Australia and New Zealand are unbelievably beautiful, and the people are accepting, kind and hospitable. Also, the aboriginal culture has always been an object of fascination for me. I’m keen and eager to learn more about the two countries,” said Sami Yusuf.   One of Yusuf’s largest live concerts was in Istanbul where he performed to over 250,000 people and also composed and arranged music for the film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Havthan”.   Auckland fans will see Yusuf perform at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall on July 10 at 8pm. Ticket prices start from only NZ$65.     SAMI YUSUF is appearing at:-  Auckland, Sunday 10th July 2016 at the Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall Tickets available through Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/1ThvWco     MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Laura Heslop, Yvonne Kong or Amanda Fry E: laura@holysmokeagency.com; yvonne@holysmoke.com or amanda@holysmokeagency.com P: +61 407 078 407 Tuned Global Integrates Triton Digital's Audio Ad Technology into its White Label Mobile Music Apps 2016-03-01T00:43:47Z tuned-global-integrates-triton-digital-s-audio-ad-technology-into-its-white-label-mobile-music-apps Tuned Global, an Australian white label digital music provider, has today announced a partnership with Triton Digital®, a leading technology provider for the audio industry. Through this partnership, Tuned Global will integrate Triton’s audio advertising technology to provide premium targeted audio ads in its white label digital music apps for its customer base in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and USA. Tuned Global sought a leader in digital audio ad technology with extensive experience in mobile that would offer users relevant ads that are less intrusive and delivered in an intelligent way.  According to Con Raso, Managing Director at Tuned Global, the company was looking to maintain its position as a mobile-first company that delivers a great user experience, while providing optimum ad performance and consumer insights, which in return offers a high ROI for its clients. “We want to get closer to what the consumer wants, so rather than offering broad advertising we will be offering premium targeted ads using Triton’s sophisticated technology. Our solution offers higher user engagement by grabbing the consumer’s attention with relevant content using contextual data, rather than overwhelming them with invasive audio advertising,” said Con Raso. Triton’s platform offers up to 50 demographical and geographical targeting criteria to find the best audience for each campaign and then delivers contextual ad content that is useful and relevant to specific consumers. It will enable Tuned Global to optimise the performance of its campaigns, filtering by audience preferences, interests and devices, as well as footprint and location. The combination of this accurate location data, integrated with geo-fencing and demographic context from consumers’ mobile devices will enable Tuned Global to identify the interests, activities, shopping patterns and mobile behaviour of its target audiences at any given time and place, so that it can anticipate the right content to share at the most convenient and relevant time within its mobile music apps. Tuned Global plans to sell the ad inventory of its clients directly to brands, which will be both audio and video ads as well as sponsored stations. The firm will also use Triton’s programmatic audio advertising platform, which is a market place where advertisers can push their ad campaigns and Tuned Global’s clients can integrate this ad content using rules they have set up to ensure the content is relevant. “A highly engaged audience means more ad impressions to serve, and a highly segmented audience is an opportunity to drive higher ROI with premium targeted advertising for the brands we work with,” commented Con Raso. The audio advertising market is highly fragmented and buyers and sellers suffer from a lack of standardisation and limited options for connecting audiences and advertisers with relevant and contextual content.  “We are pleased to provide Tuned Global with the technology necessary to provide a best-in-class ad solution and an unbeatable listening experience across their mobile music apps,” said Benjamin Masse, SVP/GM of Advertising at Triton Digital.  “We are thrilled to include their audio inventory in our exchange, helping advertisers to connect with their target audiences in meaningful and significant ways.” Currently a dominant player in the USA and North American markets, Triton Digital is using this opportunity to break into both the Australian and South East Asian markets, where Tuned Global is established as a leading B2B provider of white label digital music solutions. Triton is particularly interested in Tuned Global’s recent move into the Indonesian market, with its Asian headquarters having recently been opened in Jakarta. “We only want to offer our users, customers and our advertising partners what’s best in market. Integrating Triton’s most optimum audio ad technology into our music apps guarantees that we deliver mobile solution that gives the most desirable results for all concerned parties,” concluded Con Raso. ENDS About Tuned Global Tuned Global (http://www.tunedglobal.com) is the leading business to business provider of white label digital music streaming and downloading solutions in Asia Pacific. The Australia and South East Asia headquartered company enables brands to harness the #PowerOfMusic as a potent marketing tool in their digital strategy to acquire, retain and engage customers, and collect valuable data to better know them. McDonalds, Coca Cola, Samsung, Virgin Mobile and L’Oreal have already trusted them. To download high resolution photos of Con Raso or a music related image, see: http://bit.ly/TunedGlobalMediaImages About Triton Digital Triton Digital’s® (http://tritondigital.com) technology has connected audio supply to advertising demand since 2006, providing the technical backbone for the digital audio marketplace. The company’s innovative technology enables both live and on-demand publishers to build audience and revenue globally. As a pioneer in the space, Triton Digital has made that audience available programmatically for the first time, maximising audience buying efficiency for advertisers across the world. Media Enquiries Tuned Global Louise Roberts or Victoria McClelland-Fletcher Sphere PR Call: +61(0)405 579633 or +61 (0)409 223 719 Email: tunedglobal@spherepr.com.au Triton Digital Kristin Charron Triton Digital Call: +1 (866) 448-4037 Kristin.charron@tritondigital.com   Multi-arts Women’s Day event first for Gold Coast 2016-02-25T21:38:59Z multi-arts-women-s-day-event-first-for-gold-coast A LARGE group of inspiring south-east Queensland artists and musicians will come together to celebrate the inaugural ‘Advanced Women = Advanced Society’ International Women’s Day (IWD) event in Isle of Capri on March 13. The free event from 11am to 4pm will combine a Womanhood art exhibition by 14 visual artists, gypsy dancing, live music, speakers, market and food stalls and a ‘She Says…’ calendar in the first event of its kind on the Gold Coast. Sponsored by the Queensland Government, as part of the inaugural Queensland Women’s Week from March 7 to 13, it is the start of what is planned to be an annual event. It is the brain-child of Nasrin Vaziri, co-ordinator of the multi-arts group GC MAGIC, which has delivered 10 major projects on the Gold Coast since it started in 2000. Among them was the book, CD and video project Lullabies in 2012, which was translated into 24 languages; Undulating – a book about migrant seniors on the Gold Coast, in 2008 and the Children of War book in 2013, about people who had survived war in their childhood. The ‘She Says…’ calendar will feature 12 successful local women including visual artist Sara Irannejad, fashion designer Kimya Mianji, First Nations artist Glennys Briggs, author Diane Demetre, wildlife fashion designer Ro London, violinist Rojan Ashtari, sociologist and community worker Nasrin Vaziri, photojournalist/ Animal Action events founder Aldwyn Altuney, community worker Momo Hirano, empowering women’s coach Michelle Patterson, Two’s Company founder Tracey Korman  and jewellery designer Maria Byrne. The artists in the Womanhood exhibition include Sue Pearson, Tarlan Ghasemi, Helen Holms, Linda Murray, Hengameh Shamlou, Louisa Liussi and Atousa Salehi. Live performances will be happening throughout the event, including Middle Eastern and Spanish inspired dance and music, flamenco, country music and Bollywood dance and story telling. Mrs Vaziri said IWD was a time when people globally celebrated the strength of women and borders were broken down among nations. “It is a day when we all come together to celebrate women – their strength, courage, power and leadership,” Mrs Vaziri said. “What we have on the Gold Coast is a sample of who we are and how strong we are as women and what we have contributed to society, families, business and the community.” IWD is celebrated globally on March 8 however events and activities will be held across Queensland for a whole week to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. The theme for Queensland Women’s Week is: “Good for her. Great for us. When women achieve, Queensland succeeds.” It celebrates women’s achievements and acknowledges that supporting and enabling women to take advantage of opportunities to succeed is good for everyone in Queensland. The ‘Advanced Women = Advanced Society’ IWD event will be held at One Arts, corner of Via Roma and Verona Avenue, Isle of Capri on March 13 from 11am to 4pm. Entry is free. For more details, call Nasrin on 0434 932 537 or visit www.gcmagic.org.au SARAH JEAN INTRODUCES AN EASIER WAY TO APPLY FALSE EYELASHES – NEW PRODUCT RELEASE 2016-02-19T04:54:34Z sarah-jean-introduces-an-easier-way-to-apply-false-eyelashes-new-product-release Australian company, SARAH JEAN PTY LTD launches on to the beauty scene with a collection of products aimed at making applying strip false eyelashes easier. The signature product, the eyelash adhesive, cleverly combines two existing items to create a unique product. The adhesive features a mascara style brush that enables the user to simply apply the adhesive directly to their real lashes. Brisbane based SARAH JEAN founder, Sarah Baker said she meticulously sought and customised a mascara brush and bottle that allows just the right amount of adhesive to be applied to the lashes – preventing any drips, mess or clumps. “By applying the adhesive to your lashes, and not just the strip on the false lashes, the area you’re applying the adhesive to is greater and thus the lashes are easier to apply and stay on longer,” Sarah explained. The SARAH JEAN adhesive is available in clear and black, and is anti-allergenic, latex-free, and water soluble. The lashes simply peel off, and using a foaming facial cleanser, the adhesive is completely removed without impacting your real lashes. The collection includes five lushes lash styles, which are also latex-free, synthetic, cruelty free and light-weight. “Styles SJ001 and SJ002 are light and natural – ideal for people with fair or fine lashes. Style SJ003 is the perfect lash for day to night, while SJ004 and SJ005 are super-glam and dramatic,” Sarah said. Also available is the tweezer applicator tool, which helps to hold and press the lashes in place – a beautician’s best friend, now readily available to everyone. THE SJ STORY The idea for the product came about when Sarah was trying to apply false strip eyelashes for a special occasion. She thought ‘there has to be an easier way’. “To determine if there was actually a need for the product, I sent a survey to my target market with questions on what they thought of the concept, how much they would pay, what type of packaging they preferred and so on, as well as asked for feedback. “The response from the survey was overwhelmingly positive and it was very clear that people wanted an easier way to apply false strip eyelashes. People said they often avoided wearing lashes because they couldn’t apply them at home.” Sarah began trialling and sourcing alternative applicator tools and adhesives. “It wasn’t long after that I determined the best method was to simply put the adhesive on to a mascara brush, and applying the adhesive as I would mascara – it was so natural since I applied mascara just about every day. To make the application even easier, I sourced curved tweezers, which traditionally, were only used by beauticians. Once the lashes are in place, you simply press your natural and false lashes together for extra hold,” Sarah added. After many prototypes were made and tweaked, survey participants received these for further trials. One survey participant said: “Seriously, the easiest lashes I have ever had to apply! Hurry up and get the products to market!” “That kind of feedback was consistent across the board, which was really encouraging,” Sarah said.   WHERE TO BUY The products are available online at sarahjean.com.au. Dispatch is March 2016 (*at this time, delivery will be longer than usual). People can enjoy free standard postage within Australia (international postage enquiries should be sent to sales@sarahjean.com.au). THE SJ COLLECTION The collection includes:  -  Five lash styles, RRP $17 – quality, synthetic, latex free - An adhesive in clear and black, RRP $18 – it’s water soluble, latex free and anti-allergenic (shelf life is 24 months unopened; six months once opened) - The applicator tweezers, RRP $17 – stainless steel with soft coating Kits are also available to buy via the website that allow people to save when they buy more. None of the products are tested on animals. The products are for anyone who wears false strip eyelashes. --ENDS-- MEDIA NOTES: - Sarah is available for interview and comment - Samples for review may be available upon request - High-resolution imagery, logos and additional information can be downloaded in a media kit HERE - Promotional opportunities or giveaways may be available – contact us with expressions of interest.  Mardi Gras Film Festival Popping at the Seams! 2016-01-14T23:58:26Z mardi-gras-film-festival-popping-at-the-seams With 20 additional screenings, 4 new venues, 9 international guests, countless Australian premieres and an increased cash prize for the My Queer Career winners, the 23rd Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen is set to be the biggest year yet in the Festival’s history. The full program and all tickets are now on sale at queerscreen.org.au or through the Mardi Gras Film Festival app.   Running from 18 February to 3 March 2016, the Festival will feature 75 screenings at Event Cinemas in George Street and new-to-festival venues the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, the Golden Age Cinema and Bar in Surry Hills and The Harbour. From mid-March to early April the Festival will travel to the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta and for the first time, the Carrington Hotel in the Blue Mountains.   “Every year we aim to be bigger and better than before and this year we have nailed it,” explains Festival Director Paul Struthers. “We have more diversified content including a lot more lesbian films, more transgender films, more documentaries, more international guests, more masterclasses and more screenings at more venues including two free community screenings. There is absolutely something for everyone in this year’s line-up and we are really excited to launch the full program today”.   An absolutely jam-packed program offers LGBTIQ stories across the whole spectrum from fantastical feature films to raw documentaries and promises to make audiences laugh, cry, think, be inspired and engaged. Highlights include:   CHEMSEX - a fascinating and honest insight into the lives of modern gay men in the UK who engage in weekend-long, drug fueled orgies, a.k.a ‘chemsex’ or ‘wired fun’. Participants hold nothing back and the documentary offers untouched, gritty and sometimes confronting point of view from a variety of lives within the London chemsex scene. The screening will be following by a panel discussion.   Andrew Steggall’s DEPARTURE is a visual delight bringing us to the peaceful French countryside where Elliot on holiday with his mum is awakened to previously unknown desires. With a surprisingly honest portrayal of family, young love and self-discovery, this film will haunt you in the best possible way. Filmmaker Andrew Steggall will be at the Festival and participating in a Q&A after the screening.  THE GIRL KING tells the story of the real life Queen Kristina of Sweden a brilliant 17th century monarch who fought the conservative forces of her court to modernize Sweden. Shocking the court with her refusal to marry, Kristina fell for her lady-in-waiting and names her as the Queen’s bed companion. This is the first film to delve deeper into the Queen’s sexuality and won Best Actress award at the Montréal World Film Festival.   Sure to become an audience favourite, Dame Maggie Smith and Alan Bennett give stellar performances in THE LADY IN THE VAN, fresh from the Toronto Film Festival. This is a quirky, true story about a homeless elderly woman called Mary Shepard who moved her battered van into Bennett’s driveway and refused to leave.    A superb Australian feature from 2013 My Queer Perspective winner Grant Scicluna, and featuring actors Reef Ireland, Kerry Fox and Tom Green, DOWNRIVER is a mysterious story that follows protagonist James as he is released on parole for the murder of a child as a young boy and turns the idea of coming of age on its head. The cast and crew will participate in a Q&A after the screening.     The visually stunning GIRLS LOST is an emotionally raw Swedish urban fantasy film where three teenage girls are given the bodies of cisgender men for the night. When they realise how different they are treated as men then gain a new confidence as women while one realizes he may have been a boy all along.   A fascinating Australian documentary, ECCO HOMO asks a range of famous and not so famous people including U2 and INXS, the impossible question who was Troy Davies? Artist and performer, provocateur and chameleon, Davies charmed his way through a lifetime of fame, art, secrets, HIV, abuse and gender fluidity.   Starring Dianna Agron from Glee, BARE explores the vastness of Nevada’s landscape and the neon lights of its seedy nightlife as country girl Sarah is drawn unto a world of drugs, stripping, spirituality and sex by squatter Piper.   Exciting news for fans of hit online drama STARTING FROM…NOW!, the Festival presents the world premiere of the fourth season in one glorious sitting followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew. Following the complicated lives of four inner-city Sydney lesbians, the drama has amassed 20 million views over its first three seasons.   International directors and actors will be arriving from all over the world including from Germany: Marco Kreuzpaintner(director) and Kostja Ulmann(actor) of COMING IN and previously SUMMER STORM; Spain: Actor Marcal Forés from EVERLASTING LOVE; the UK Andrew Steggall (Director) DEPARTURE;  Canada: Christina Zeidler (Director) PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST; Switzerland Claudia Lorenz (Director) WHAT'S BETWEEN US and from the US Ray Yeung, Director and Chowee Leow - Co-Producer of FRONT COVER  and Nneka Onuorah Director of THE SAME DIFFERENCE. All international guests will participate in a Q&A discussion with the audience after their film screenings   My Queer Career, Australia’s largest LGBTIQ film prize has now been increased to a prize of $14,000 in cash and support and automatic nomination to the world-renowned Iris Prize competition. This year the eight finalists are: Kate Halpin (A PRIVATE MATTER), Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston (DON’T CRY THOSE TEARS), Tim Marshall (FOLLOWERS), Nathan Keene (LITTLE BOY BLUE), Stevie Cruz-Martin (MARROW), Joshua Longhurst (OASIS), Ben Southwell (ON STAGE), and Dannika Horvat (THE SUMMER OF ABC BURNS).   Thanks to Screen NSW, Queer Screen is hosting four free events for local film makers with Australian and international talents. These include a production masterclass with US based director of THE SAME DIFFERENCE Nneka Onuorah; a masterclass in directing actors and your crew from COMING IN director Marco Kreuzpaintner and actor Kostja Ullmann; developing a strategy for the film festival circuit with DOWNRIVER director Grant Scicluna; and an industry forum on trends in LGBTIQ cinema.   In partnership with the City of Sydney, two free community screenings will be shown.  WHAT’S BETWEEN US looks at the aftermath of a straight husband coming out as gay as Frank admits to sexual attraction to men after 18 years of marriage and three children. THE YEAR WE THOUGHT ABOUT LOVE is a documentary following the personal lives of members of True Colours, a Boston based LGBTIQ youth troupe and delivers a powerful message on social change.   The always popular shorts section has been extended with this year with the exciting addition of the first ever Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance Shorts – a selection of the best shorts from a new alliance of 11 Asian queer film festivals.   There will also be a screening of Mixed Shorts featuring a collection of the year’s best lesbian, gay and transgender films; a special late-night collection of international Gay Shorts, and returning after a four year absence a great collection of Lesbian Shorts.     The Festival Bar will run every night from 6pm to late.    The 2016 Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen is supported by St George Bank, The Star Sydney, Event Cinemas George Street, AGL, ACON, Ovolo Hotels, Optus, City of Sydney, Screen NSW, South Australian Tourism and the Star Observer.  Tickets for all films are on sale now including flexi passes to 5 or 10 films. Please visit queerscreen.org.au or the Mardi Gras Film Festival app to book or call (02) 9332 4938 to become a Queer Screen member for discounted tickets and priority entry.   -ENDS-  Note to Editors:   Directors and actors from most films are available for interview  Screeners of most films are available for review and imagery is available for publication   Media Enquiries: Louise Nealon, CallidusPR T: (02) 9283 4114/ 0403 569 177 E: louise@calliduspr.com The Martian and SPECTRE arrive on Blu-ray & DVD 2016-01-05T23:00:00Z the-martian-and-spectre-arrive-on-blu-ray-dvd-digital-hd Two of 2015's worldwide box-office hits are due to release on 3D Blu-ray™ (The Martian), Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD (The Martian) this quarter:THE MARTIAN, arriving on Digital HD Wednesday 20 January and 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray & DVD Wednesday 10 February.SPECTRE, 007’s Latest Mission Available on Blu-ray™ & DVD on Wednesday 9 March See details below and press material attached. Kindest, NicolaSPECTRE007’s Latest Mission Available on Blu-ray™ & DVD on Wednesday 9 March  Sydney, AUSTRALIA (January 5, 2016) –The 24th James Bond adventure SPECTRE, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, will be available to own on Blu-ray™ & DVD on Wednesday 9 March,  it was announced today by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.    Taking in more than $850 million (USD) worldwide, SPECTRE dominated the worldwide box-office making it one of the most successful Bond movies ever, shattering records in nearly every market it was released, led by a historic performance in the UK.  The latest installment from one of the longest-running film franchises in history gives fans never-before shared insight into the complexities that made James Bond the man he is today.   In SPECTRE, a cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.   Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.   As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.   Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. The film is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.  The screenplay is by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth, with a story by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.   With the Blu-ray, go behind-the-scenes of Bond’s latest mission with in-depth special features. Watch how the jaw-dropping opening scene was created in Mexico City.  Blu-ray™ Special Features: SPECTRE: Bond's Biggest Opening Sequence Video Blogs Director – Sam Mendes Supercars Introducing Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci “Writing’s on the Wall” Music Video Guinness World Record Gallery  DVD Special Features Video Blogs Director – Sam Mendes Supercars Day of the Dead Festival Introducing Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci Guinness World Record #  #  #  ABOUT EON PRODUCTIONS EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-four films produced since 1962.  Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, SKYFALL & SPECTRE.  ABOUT METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content.  In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.  ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.  ABOUT SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 140 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.  Media Inquiries:   Nicola Franklin, Frank PRnicolafranklin@frankpr.com.au / 02 8202 0555                             NICOLA FRANKLIN Senior Account Executive FRANK PR – Australia T: +61 (0) 2 8202 0555 M: +61  (0) 434 527 382 E: nicolafranklin@frankpr.com.au Sydney, Australia: L2 Miller Lane, Pyrmont, NSW 2009 London, UK: 3rd Floor, Centro 4, 20-23 Mandela Street, London, NW1 0DU Manchester, UK: Conavon Court, 12 Blackfriars Street, Salford M3 5BQ Glasgow, UK: 4th Floor, 41 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, G1 2ER New York, USA: 16 West 22nd Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10010 More about Frank Australia: www.frankpr.com.au More about Frank UK: www.frankpr.it   Tuned Global opens Indonesian office & signs strategic deal with Musica Studios 2015-12-11T01:05:59Z tuned-global-opens-indonesian-office-amp-signs-strategic-deal-with-musica-studios Tuned Global, a global white label digital music solutions provider has announced today that it has recently opened offices in Jakarta, Indonesia as part of its international expansion into Asia. Having identified key opportunities in the emerging markets of Southeast Asia and Indonesia, the Australian company has hired a local team of music and digital industry experts, who have already signed a strategic deal with the biggest independent Indonesian label, Musica Studios. Funded partly by the investment of $5.1 million from Australian venture capital firm, Exto Partners, the new Tuned Global office in Senayan, Jakarta is now the Asian headquarters for the highly disruptive digital music firm. It plans to grow its Jakarta team by recruiting more local specialists in business development, marketing, promotions and label relations roles in 2016. Gary Mackenzie, Director of Music Partnerships Asia, has been chose to lead Tuned Global initiatives in Indonesia because of his 10 years of experience in digital marketing and music industry in Asia. Having already led the partnership agreements with Musica, Gary believes it is important for Tuned Global to have talented local people on the ground in Indonesia in order to build relationships with the key labels and grow its local business. Tuned Global is currently in discussions with major telecoms companies, leading ad agencies, music companies and key brands, which will help the company to achieve its ambitious growth targets. “We’re excited to have established our Asian headquarters in the highly enigmatic city of Jakarta. We completely understand that business relationships are built over time in Southeast Asia and being located here and investing in the local Indonesian market was a logical step for Tuned Global. Our Asian hub will be instrumental in achieving our goal of becoming a global digital music company,” said Con Raso, Managing Director, Tuned Global. Newly signed partner, Musica Studios has an impressive line-up of the most popular and famous local Indonesian artists, including Noah, Nidji, Geisha and d’Masiv. The vast majority of music played on Indonesia radio and television is by its own local artists, so Tuned Global believed it was important to work with a label that represented the local Indonesian music scene. “Tuned Global develops pioneering music solutions that provide extraordinary opportunities, not only for music labels like Musica, but also to our local Indonesian artists and most importantly it allows us to stream our extensive music catalogue to the Indonesian music fans, which promotes our artists while monetising our content. As the leading independent label in Indonesia, we are very excited to be working with such an innovator in digital music, which will enable us to protect our rich local culture and generate more revenue,” said Gumilang Ramadhan, Managing Director, Musica Studios. “Tuned Global intends to get more involved in the promotion of the local Indonesian music content as the relationship develops with Musica and its artists, because we are passionate about the music industry and want to help in the fight against widespread piracy here by offering new music business models that will make music fans, music labels AND artists happy,” said Gary Mackenzie, Director of Music Partnerships Asia, Tuned Global. About Tuned GlobalTuned Global is the leading business to business provider of white label digital music streaming and downloading solutions in Asia Pacific. The Australia and South East Asia headquartered company enables brands to harness the #PowerOfMusic as a potent marketing tool in their digital strategy to acquire, retain and engage customers, and collect valuable data to better know them. Clients include McDonalds, Coca Cola, Samsung, JB Hi-Fi, Virgin Mobile and L’Oreal. For more information please see: www.tunedglobal.com About Musica Studios Musica Studios is one of the leading independent music labels in Indonesia. Based in Jakarta, the company was previously known as Metropolitan Studios in the 1960s and then Music Studios in the 1970s. Musica Studios was founded by Yamin Widjaja, the owner of an electronics store. For more information, please see: http://www.musica.id Tuned Global Hires Samsung's Content Manager 2015-11-25T02:24:14Z tuned-global-recruits-top-international-talent-to-drive-its-ambitious-growth-and-global-expansion Tuned Global, an Australian white label digital music provider has announced today that it has appointed three executives with extensive experience for leading brands in both the music industry and digital marketing sector, to help drive its transformation to a global player. The new talent has been sought to drive the firm to achieve its ambitious growth targets in existing markets in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia and U.S.A. Tuned Global’s successful recruitment drive has attracted some highly respected talent from Australia, France and the Philippines for key roles in client management, business development and marketing, all based at its Sydney offices. Tuned Global develops highly disruptive music apps that provide extraordinary value to brands and consumers alike.  The company uses the #PowerOfMusic to deliver engaging content delivering immediacy and personality to consumers, while providing valuable data analytics and business insights to brands.  The firm successfully secured a $5.1 million investment from Australian venture capital firm, Exto Partners in July. To boost its client management capabilities, Spiro Arkoudis has joined the company as a Senior Account Manager from former client, Samsung Electronics Australia. As the Applications Partner and Content Manager, he was responsible for Samsung's Milk Music Services and worked previously with Tuned Global to launch Samsung's Music Hub. Spiro has also contributed to the success of numerous music and technology start-ups that became acquisition targets for major corporations. He was the ANZ Country Manager for Musiwave, a leading mobile entertainment content provider that Microsoft acquired. Prior to that, he worked for an iconic independent Australian label, Festival Mushroom Records, which Warner Music acquired. This extensive music industry experience has allowed Spiro to garner a thorough understanding of various businesses, licensing and revenue models required to ensure customers’ needs, strategies and expectations are delivered. Virginie Chelles has been appointed as Head of Marketing. She came to Tuned Global from a top ten digital agency in France, called Tequilarapido, where she was Head of the Social Media and Digital Marketing department.  She created that department from scratch and under her leadership; the team generated a one million Euro portfolio in its first year working with prestigious brands including Kia Motors, Orange and Jim Beam. Prior to that role, she was Head of the Consulting and Sales Division in the same agency, where she led campaigns for Total, L’Oreal and BNP Paribas. With her deep understanding of the digital landscape, Virginie is an expert in using creative and strategic digital solutions to achieve business goals and build brand awareness. Katrina Lopez has joined Tuned Global’s marketing team with a strong technology and professional services background, having worked for industry leaders such as Google, Microsoft, Trend Micro and KPMG in their Manila offices. Coming from a company culture of innovation, she is adept at combining data analytics and innovative thinking to drive high-performance marketing campaigns. “We’ve really strengthened our leadership team at Tuned Global with these three key appointments, and we’re confident that they will enable us to build deeper relationships, focusing specifically on enhancing our offerings to position both our advertising partners and customers for success. Our growing team is focusing on forming new brand partnerships, developing innovative and creative brand solutions and the optimum licensing models, in order to deliver exceptional outcomes,” said Con Raso, Managing Director, Tuned Global. Tuned Global has worked with major blue-chip brands to deliver digital music solutions, including McDonalds, Coca Cola, Samsung, Virgin Mobile, JB Hi-Fi and L’Oreal. ENDS About Tuned Global Tuned Global is the leading business to business provider of white label digital music streaming and downloading solutions in Asia Pacific. The Australia and South East Asia headquartered company enables brands to harness the #PowerOfMusic as a potent marketing tool in their digital strategy to acquire, retain and engage customers, and collect valuable data to better know them. McDonalds, Coca Cola, Samsung, Virgin Mobile, JB Hi-Fi and L’Oreal have already trusted them. For more information please see: www.tunedglobal.com     Queer Screen Promises Salty, Sweet & Sexy in Festival Teaser 2015-11-17T02:02:17Z queer-screen-promises-salty-sweet-sexy-in-festival-teaser 17 November 2015: The 23rd Mardi Gras Film Festival (Festival) from Queer Screen promises to set hearts beating and pulses racing with a raft of exciting Australian premieres, award winners and an Oscar contender announced in its teaser program today; tickets now on sale at queerscreen.org.au.   The Festival will open on Thursday 18 February with the Australian premiere of the sensual French film Summertime. Other Australian premieres to be screened include the hauntingly beautiful Thai Oscar entry for 2016 How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), Addicted to Fresno starring Natasha Lyonne, the captivating Venezuelan lesbian film Liz in September, and Coming In, a comedy from the director and star of gay classic Summer Storm.  Remembering the Man, a new documentary of the tragic tale of Australian lovers Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo, will make its Sydney debut at the Festival.   Running from 18 February to 3 March 2016 at Event Cinemas George Street and other venues, this year’s festival promises to deliver something for everyone.   “2016 is a universal festival and caters for everyone under the rainbow,” explains Festival Director Paul Struthers. “Film subjects range from athletes and dancers to local heroes and features straight, gay, lesbian, trans, and bi-sexual characters from across the world. Whatever genre you are into from lighthearted comedies to surreal horror we have it covered. It’s definitely our most wide-ranging and exciting festival yet”.   The Opening Night film Summertime, follows farm girl Delphine as she heads to the bright lights of Paris to create her own life during the dawn of 1970s activism in France. Screened recently at the highly esteemed Toronto International Film Festival, and winner of the Variety Piazza Grande Award at the Locarno International Film Festival, this sensual film will move everyone who sees it.   Further exploring the relationship between Australians Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo as detailed in Holding the Man, Remembering the Man is a bittersweet documentary featuring previously unseen footage of John Caleo and looks at Timothy’s life after John.  This film was the winner of Most Popular Documentary at the Adelaide Film Festival.   Genre fans won’t want to miss multi award winning Everlasting Love, Spain’s answer to Stranger in the Lake but even weirder. A winner at LA’s Outfest, this film is set in the woods in the wake of a grizzly murder, so why can’t the cruisers keep away?   The Thai entry for the 2016 Oscars, How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), is a stunning drama about a young boy who worries about losing his openly gay brother to the army draft. A compelling and beautiful film, which recently played at the Berlin International Film Festival, it’s easy to see why this was chosen to represent the country on the international stage.   Game Face is a must-see documentary exploring the lives of LGBT athletes. Featuring transgender lesbian MMA fighter Fallon Fox who competes in a less- than-trans-friendly environment and Terrence Clemens coming out as a college basketballer, this documentary brings us up close and personal with the athletes during their most challenging times.  Orange is the New Black’s Natasha Lyonne and Jamie Babbit re-join forces to bring us the comedy Addicted to Fresno that premiered at Sundance. Featuring sex and murder, the movie looks at how far you will go for sisterhood.  Coming In, a new comedy from the director and star of gay classic Summer Storm explores what happens when a hip gay hairdresser at the top of his game falls in love with a woman.   Documentarian Jack Walsh brings us a funny and frank look at the life of revolutionary choreographer, artist, filmmaker and feminist Yvonne Rainer as she goes through political, professional and personal struggles in Feeling are Facts: the Life of Yvonne Rainer.   The striking supermodel and actor Patricia Velásquez comes to the screen in the Venezuelan lesbian film Liz in September. Winner of the audience award at Miami’s queer film festival, this film is captivating and touchingly real.   Featuring some of the hottest sex scenes from any LGBTIQ film this year, Beautiful Something is a sexy and tender glimpse into life for the contemporary gay man as the stories of Brian a poet and Jim, an actor intertwine.   The 2016 Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen is supported by St George bank, The Star Sydney, Event Cinemas George Street, Screen NSW, ACON, Ovolo Hotels, Franck Provost and the Star Observer.   The full Festival program will be launched on Thursday 14 January. Tickets for the first 10 films are on sale now including flexi passes to 5 or 10 films. Please visit queerscreen.org.au to book or call (02) 9332 4938 or to become a Queer Screen member for discounted tickets and priority entry.   -ENDS- Note to Editors:  An exciting addition to the program will be announced by Mardi Gras on Thursday 19 Nov  Directors and actors from most films are available for interview  Screeners of most films are available for review and imagery is available for publication  Louise Nealon, CallidusPR   T: (02) 9283 4114/ 0403 569 177   E: louise@calliduspr.com  About Mardi Gras Film Festival: Now in its 23rd year, the Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen is one of Australia’s largest film festivals of any kind, and one of the top five queer film festivals in the world. It is highly regarded by filmmakers all over the world, and is the most important avenue for promoting gay and lesbian titles to distributors and exhibitors in Australia.  About Queer Screen: Queer Screen was established in 1993 as an independent organisation whose primary focus was to bring queer film and culture to Australian screens. Run by volunteers and a small staff, Queer Screen develops the annual Mardi Gras Film Festival and a number of other short film festivals as well as the LGBTIQ short film competition My Queer Career.