A huge congratulations to B.Comm(Media) grad (and current Honours student) Samuel Harris and fellow alumni of the MIFF Critics’ Campus, who have established the film criticism website Rough Cut. The site will house reviews of films, festivals, interviews and other cinema-related articles.
The website was also recently featured on Criterion Daily, so is getting some serious international traction (and traffic!):
A group of young critics in Australia have banded together and launched an online publication, Rough Cut.Among the highlights so far are Ivana Brehas’s audiovisual essay on “moments of physical opposition” in Elaine May’s Mikey and Nicky (1976), André Shannon’s interview with Carlos Reygadas, and Valerie Ng’s essay on Jacques Tati’s Mon oncle (1958), which “draws humor from the community of things, the collective action, and the culmination of parts—the architecture of rooms, windows, and doors; of people, children, and dogs, materializing a gentle portrait of social practice.”
Well done Rough Cut team!
Congratulations to Media student Anna K Miers who has recently returned from an amazing adventure in India as part of a global experience. She put together this video documenting her experiences.
Anna also sent through this summary of the tour:
“We spent a few weeks travelling around India: from Delhi, to Agra, Jaipur and then Mumbai – visiting various NGOs, tech startups, and cultural sites. Spending the day at Sheroes in Agra, Jaipur Foot in Jaipur, and the Dharavi slums in Mumbai, were the three absolute highlights of the trip, and provided amazing insight, especially as someone who is pursuing a career in documentary film & photography, into connecting with people, learning and documenting within a relatively small amount of time.”
Well done Anna!
We’re back for our 10th year! We’ve currently got six days left on our early bird discount for film submissions, so share far and wide and get ready to mingle with some of Australia’s hottest emerging filmmakers.
We’ve upped our best film prize to $3000. Click the link below and submit your film. Don’t have a film? Forward this email onto your film making friends and we’ll update you shortly on West End Film Festival 2019!
Don’t worry if you have not finished your film, submissions close April 1st.
Submit your short film
Calling all RMIT documentary makers.
In collaboration with Doqumenta film festival in Queretaro, Mexico; Aquí y Allá brings together the best of the student category of Doqumenta’s 2018 festival program, with a selection of documentary shorts by RMIT students, to be exhibited at First Site Gallery RMIT. We are currently calling for submissions by RMIT students to curate into the show.
Details for submissions:
-Five selected videos will be screened at First Site Gallery from May 21st to 31st, 2019
-Films should be no more than 15 minutes long
-We are seeking works that explore unique local narratives through people, places or customs
-Short films must have been created in 2018 or 2019
The selected works will also be added to Doqumenta’s 2019 program and screened in Mexico, August 2019
To apply please email your submissions as a link to video or download by March 15th to Claudia email@example.com
Want to flex that podcasting muscle over the summer break?
All The Best is a storytelling podcast and broadcast show on SYN Media, 3RRR and FBi Radio. We’re looking for contributors for our upcoming summer season. Over eight weeks, you’ll get to make a story of any length with supervising producers by your side. We’ll kick off with a Pitch Workshop on Monday 5th November from 6pm at SYN (16 Cardigan St, Carlton), so bring along any story ideas and/or your enthusiasm.
Head over to our Facebook event for more details.
See you there!
Hello from AIDC,
In partnership with VICE and Screen Australia, we’ve just announced the second year of Pitch Australiana, a $50,000 short form documentary pitching competition to be held during AIDC 2019.
VICE & SCREEN AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCE SECOND YEAR OF DOCUMENTARY FUNDING, ALONGSIDE AIDC 2019 PITCH COMPETITION
Today VICE, Screen Australia, and the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC), announced the second Pitch Australiana pitching competition, offering local filmmakers the chance to win a $50,000 commission for a short form documentary to be released on VICE.com.
The Pitch Australiana competition is open to early career Australian filmmakers that have at least one documentary production credit to their name.
Filmmakers will be pitching for the chance to secure funding for a production to be released through VICE’s lauded tent-pole digital documentary series, Australiana. The short form documentary will be released through VICE’s global digital network, and will join previous Australiana films also broadcast on local TV channel SBS VICELAND.
Four pitches will be selected to compete for the prize in a public pitching forum, given to a panel of VICE and wider documentary community representatives on Monday 4 March during AIDC 2019 in Melbourne. Entrance to watch the pitch will be free for student card holders.
Australiana is a series committed to presenting stories from the perspectives of Australian communities, individuals and subcultures that are overlooked or ignored. At its heart, it’s a way to offer a voice to those on the fringe.
Shooting Cats was the winner of the pitching competition at AIDC 2018, with the project due for release in November. Directed by Inday Ford and produced by Dylan Blowen, Shooting Cats is an observational documentary that explores the catastrophic impact feral cats have on Australian wildlife and the complexities environmentalists face in their attempt to find solutions to this epidemic. Watch a teaser for the documentary here.
Previous Australiana episodes also feature teenage burnout stars in regional Victoria, the Indigenous queer experience in the Tiwi Islands, Australia’s medicinal marijuana black market, and a search for love in the outback.
Sally Caplan, Head of Content at Screen Australia says, “Our first edition of Pitch Australiana unearthed director Inday Ford who had only recently graduated from AFTRS and presented a wildly different perspective on a controversial subject. This year we’re looking for the next distinctive Australian story that has the potential to shine a light on a topic in a unique way, with access to great characters.”
Katy Roberts, (MEDIA GRAD!) Head of Video at VICE Australia, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to return for another year with Pitch Australiana. The series is intended to be an ongoing, diverse portrait of modern Australia, so expanding the filmmakers and storytellers we are able to work with is essential to that mission. We’re very thankful to Screen Australia and AIDC for their ongoing support.
Alice Burgin, Conference Director of AIDC says “Pitch Australiana is literally where dreams are made! The generous contribution of Screen Australia and VICE make this a unique opportunity for a new generation of talent to come to AIDC and really be seen, heard and celebrated. We cannot wait to welcome them and their projects next March.”
Call for pitch submissions is now open. The deadline for applications is 10 December, 2018.
An information session will be held at ACMI on Tuesday 13 November, 2018 and will be streamed live across the country.
For more information, full eligibility requirements, and to submit a pitch idea, please visit: www.vice.com/australianapitchcompetition
Finalists will be contacted in January 2019.
For more information on the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) visit: www.aidc.com.au. Early Bird Passes for AIDC 2019 on sale 18 October 2018.
For more information on Screen Australia visit: www.screenaustralia.gov.au
VICE media contact: Josh Gardiner, Head of Communications firstname.lastname@example.org
AIDC media contact: Communications & Marketing Manager email@example.com
This will work for your work attachment. We’ve had many students complete these tours with wonderful results. This is our facebook group to share experiences
Get into it!
Below is a program summary and link for more information.
Actuality Media leads global experiential education programs for people who want to tell stories that matter. Our students travel around the world to learn and practice the art of nonfiction storytelling. On each trip, students produce documentaries that feature the work of international changemakers during a month-long outreach. In 2019, Actuality Media is taking student crews to India, Belize and Vietnam. All the program details including behind-the-scenes photos and alumni reviews are at http://actuality.media/
A great opportunity from our friends at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival!
More info and entry details HERE!