By Lola Pinder
Annmaree J Bell is an award-winning, Sydney-based producer. She is the co-founder of Azure Productions, with managing director John Frank. Bell has over 15 years experience in project management, development, and production. Bell graduated from Metro Screen with a Certificate IV in Screen and Media in 2003. She has subsequently lectured and moderated panel discussions and workshops at the film school. Her productions have been shown in national and international festivals from Brisbane to Berlin, Tehran to Palm Springs.
Bell is grateful for meeting many crew members, writers and directors through Metro Screen. She has produced several acclaimed short films with Metro Screen affiliate Craig Boreham, as well as producing the 2013 Metro Screen First Breaks program winner Latte e Miele, written by Louisa Mignone & Andrea Demetriades.
While Bell has had the support from funding body Screen Australia for two of her shorts Drowning and Vinyl in 2009 - many of her projects have involved crowd-sourced funding. Pozible, Australia’s original and largest crowd-funding platform allows local producers, such as Bell, raise funds for independent films. The money might be donated by friends, family and colleagues, but also includes donations from perfect strangers who believe in the project. This is invaluable as a way to build a support network and audience for a film before its release. Furthermore it is a great way to celebrate, for both Australian filmmakers and audiences, a dedication to creativity and inspiration in local cinema outside of, or despite of the dictates of traditional funding bodies.
Bell is currently developing feature films Darker after Midnight with Michael Chrisoulakis and Skymaze with Nat Amoore. Teenage Kicks, directed by Craig Boreham is to be released later this year.
This post is part of the Art Month event Creative Paddington taking place on March 7th in conjunction with Metro Screen and UNSW Art & Design.