Film, Audio, Media, RMIT

A place for production staff and students in Media, Media and Communication @ RMIT – by Paul Ritchard

AACTA Awards

Entries for the 7th AACTA Awards are now open across feature film, documentary, short film, television and the new Online Video or Series categories. Head to for more information on eligibility criteria for each category and how to enter.

early career filmmaker mentorship program

The application deadline for our ACCESS@AIDC early career filmmaker mentorship program is coming up earlier this year, on 20 December.

ACCESS@AIDC participants have the chance to be mentored by international industry professionals at AIDC 2017, plus win a paid internship with Beach House Films (Singapore) including flights and accom.

Mentors include:
John Battsek (US, Producer, One Day in September)
Ezra Edelman (US, Director, O.J.: Made in America)
Amy Hobby (US, Head of Artist Programs at Tribeca Film Institute and Producer of What Happened, Miss Simone?)
Donovan Chan (Singapore, Head of Beach House Pictures)
Kelrick Martin (Australia, Head of Indigenous, ABC TV)

Apply here

Apps close 20 December 2016.

CineSpace, a short film competition that is inspired by, and utilises actual NASA video footage.

For the second year in a row, NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society are inviting filmmakers around the world to participate in CineSpace, a short film competition that is inspired by, and utilizes actual NASA video footage.

Eligible submissions include short video, film, and digital-media works of 10 minutes or less. CineSpace is seeking films from all genres and styles including but not limited to: experimental, narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, ambient, music videos, re-mix, sports, horror, and underground.

Prize Details: The total prize purse for this competition is USD 26,000. In addition to monetary prizes, winners shall receive tremendous exposure for their work.

Application Instructions: Last date for submission is July 31, 2016. No entry fee is required.

Guidelines/ Registration Link: You may visit the CineSpace 2016 challenge page to register and to check out last year’s winners and finalists.



Noosa International Film Festival


The inaugural Noosa International Film Festival is calling for film entries.

NIFF is staging three short film competitions with a Regular deadline of 5 July and Extended deadline of 2 August – and we want to see your film!


The NIFF Open short film category is open to anyone, and to films of any genre.  So if you’re an Australian or international filmmaker that creates short films – whether they’re in the narrative, animated, documentary, travel, ethnographic, experimental, music video, surfing, drone, timelapse or hyperlapse genres – you’re welcome to submit.

The Ecoflicks Open & Youth short film categories will showcase environmentally-themed short films or films that highlight actions that seek to promote human welfare.

Organisers are already thrilled with both the broad international reach and the number of entries received across the three competitions in Australia’s newest film festival.

Official selections of up to 75 short films will feature throughout the Festival program, with filmmakers vying to compete for acclaimed awards and prizes.

Submission guidelines are available at with entries being accepted exclusively via global film festival platform,


Film Composer

My name is Yanni Mougos and I am a graduate composer and sound designer currently working as a freelance film scorer. I am seeking new films to work on and was hoping you could put me in touch with some of the current Masters students involved in film production or provide me with information regarding a crewing night (I was unsure who to email exactly and was provided your details).

Thank for your time and I look forward to hearing from you. Some of my work can be accessed

Soundtracks For Imaginary Films

Soundtracks for Imaginary Films is an ongoing monthly series the last Thursday of every month at Tago Mago in Thornbury. Each night will feature three original acts performing original music live to films. Filmmakers are invited to submit original short films either directly inspired by or compatible with the music to be screened on the night to be accompanied by live performance. Filmmakers are also invited to submit original short films that they are wanting to source original soundtrack material for.
Films can be up to 15 minutes. We will also consider part screening longer films. There is no entry fee.
We have invited some wonderful acts performing in a range of genres to take part. We will be inviting some high profile guests from both the film and music industries to attend.
For all details of upcoming musicians involved and links to music and to submit films please go to: or email Please note that prior to using any music film makers must seek permission from the musicians/composers.
The series premieres Thursday 26th May and features the internationally acclaimed Andrew McCubbin and Melinda Pritchard, Dirtbird and Midnight Scavengers.
Tago Mago, 744 High Street Thornbury. Doors from 7pm. $10/$7 (Concession).

Public Health Film Festival

I would be very grateful if you could highlight the film competition to your students and staff who are working on health-related films or may have recent films that they would like to submit.

Entry to the competition is FREE and further details on how to submit your films can be found by clicking on the link below

Sunshine Short Film Festival

The call for entries for the 5th Sunshine Short Film Festival is now open and closes Wednesday 25th September 2016

“Knights of Sunshine” is the theme for the 2016 Sunshine Short Film Festival competition the only community based film festival in the west. Both budding and accomplished film makers are invited to enter an original film five minutes or less featuring their very own interpretation of the theme – ingenuity and creativity is encouraged and compete for a share of the $10,000 total prize pool.

The categories for entry this year are PRIMARY for those films that feature primary school children involved in key creative roles in the production (script, conception), SECONDARY for films that feature secondary school children in key creative or production roles and the OPEN for everybody else.

Judging is by popular vote and there are lots of prizes to be won. The prize for the winning primary school entry is $500. There are three prizes for secondary school entries: 3rd place wins $500, 2nd place $1,000 and 1st place gets $2,000. The winner in the open category gets a massive $5,000 cash prize. We also have a $500 judge’s prize awarded for artistic and cinematic merit open to all entries in all categories. This year will also see the introduction of the prestigious Millennium Trophy which will be a highly sort after award symbolizing achievement with-in the industry. Further to the above there will prizes and giveaways for audience participation on the “Knight”.

All finalists’ films will be screened at Village Cinemas Sunshine on Friday 28th October at a red carpet, gala event.

Bruce White, Chair of the Sunshine Business Association and Director SSFF is looking forward to an outstanding festival for 2016. “The quantity and quality of the films has improved remarkably over the last few festivals.” Bruce said. “Last year we got over 60 entries including ones from France and Germany. We are putting Sunsine and our local artists on the international map . That is what the festival is all about.

For more information visit

manage your entire festival career

The FFL Agency is back on the hunt!

It would be great if you could help us spread the word and give your students the opportunity to learn more about one of the most exclusive film festival distribution agency for top-notch shorts such as our Oscar winner FFL agency film, STUTTERER.

The FFL Agency is there to help young and established filmmakers manage their entire festival career – from strategy to cross-platform submissions, waivers and print logistics.
For more information and to submit films for consideration, here’s the link:

CHOYA Competition for Japanese Film Festival 2015

CHOYA Motion Graphic 2nd Competition for Japanese Film Festival 2015

We CHOYA Umeshu Co.,Ltd, hereby announce to organize Motion Graphic 2nd Competition for 15 seconds promo at Japan Film Festival 2015.


Context: CHOYA will sponsor Japanese Film Festival (

which is to tour Australia & New Zealand in 7 cities during Oct.-Dec. 2015.

Total audience was 33,000 and more than 300 film sessions in 2014.

Theme: CHOYA Soda

CHOYA with Soda would be perfect drink for ladies to show new way to drink for coming summer season. We would like to appeal its freshness.

Design need: 15 seconds promo to be screened during the festival films.

Category: Motion Graphics / Broadcast Design, Experimental, Video Art, 2D /

3D Animation, Short Documentary, Short Film, and Others

(Best promo in 2014: by Tom

Ewart, UTS in Sydney Australia)

What needs to be included in the design: CHOYA jingle (1 second at the beginning) and CHOYA Classic bottle with a glass with CHOYA Soda

Aspect ratio: 16:9

Frame rate: 25 frames per second (PAL if movie shot) Resolution: 1080p (1920×1080) File format: AVI, MOV, MPEG (all OK)

Applicant eligibility: Any students older than 18 years in Australia or New Zealand

(group entry is also acceptable)

Enter our short video competition to win $1000

YWCA Queensland are hosting a nationwide short video competition on Healthy relationships and we are looking for entries from all over Australia!

for more details head to

The FFL Agency is calling for great shorts!

If you are ready to start you festival run and need professional help, the FFL Agency is there to create a tailor made festival strategy and manage the time consuming and chaotic submission process across multiple channels on your behalf. Submit your film for consideration and get the chance to become part of the FFL Agency roaster.”

Australian International Documentary Conference.

(, We’ve opened a limited allocation of Earlybird Passes.

We’ve also announced our first keynote speakers for the 2016 event – Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier, two of the main filmmakers behind acclaimed HBO documentary series TheJinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.

We’d like to spread the word to filmmakers and other people interested in the documentary and factual screen sector, and thought the launch might be of interest to the RMIT film, media and journalism audience.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016 Call for Entries

I am delighted to announce that the 6thedition of the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival is now open for entries.

ASFF offers students from around the world the opportunity to enter their films for a chance to screen at a major UK and BAFTA Qualifying short film festival.

We would be delighted to showcase RMIT University’s filmmaking talent in 2016. The entry fee is £20, approximately 40 AD. There is a discount on entries when 10 or more films are submitted. Save £5 per entry for group submissions.

Entries are open for the 6th edition of the BAFTA Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival, one of the UK’s leading short film festivals and most exciting cinematic events. ASFF supports emerging filmmakers and presents many opportunities for industry engagement.

In 2015, ASFF attracted 20,000 admissions across the four day event including industry, filmmakers and thousands of film fans, providing a fantastic platform for filmmakers looking to reach a wider, international audience.

ASFF 2016 Prizes:

  • Screenings at the BAFTA Qualifying ASFF 2016
  • Awards for Best Film in each category and People’s Choice
  • Eligibility to enter the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)
  • Screenings in various guest programmes at other film festivals
  • Editorial in Aesthetica Magazine and on Aesthetica’s online channels (180,000 readership worldwide)

Running times up to 30 minutes. All genres accepted. Deadline 31 May 2016. Entry fee is £20 plus VAT. Visit

View the ASFF 2015 Trailer:



The object of the Cinéfondation, an Official Selection of the Festival de Cannes, is to present and highlight films from film schools, whether fiction or animation, that reveals talent and deserves encouragement.

Unless a special waiver is granted, films must comply with the following conditions in order to be selected: › they have been made during the 18 months preceding the Festival; ›› they have not been presented at major international festivals; ››› they do not exceed 60 minutes in running-time. N.B.: Documentaries are not accepted.

To submit a film, fill in the online application form on our website and directly upload your film on the same website or send a DVD of the film together with a copy of your registration slip. Registration deadline February 15th, 2016 at the latest (by this date, the entry form must have been filled in and the film uploaded). If you choose to send a DVD instead of uploading your film on our website, the DVD must reach our office for February 15th at the latest, not post-marked.

$550 Feature film DCP-Mastering including free Theatre Screeneing

The Finishing Room has established an amazing deal for those wishing to master to DCP.
The service includes conversion to a DCP master using the Dolby mastering toolset, tested against a Dolby/Doremi cinema playback ​server.    PLUS, a screening of the master in the Finishing Room grading theatre.
All for $550
PLUS, check out a new educational videos from our chief Geek:
James Gardiner
The Finishing Room.


Radar is the world’s leading music video director community,

Want to get going in music videos once you’re graduated? Calling all final year students! Let Radar’s Playlist help­ it’s FREE!

Radar is the world’s leading music video director community,

We work with up and coming directors and help them get paid work, get videos promoted and help connect with world ­leading reps and production companies.

To encourage brand new directors, we’re setting up a playlist on our Radar YouTube channel to promote recently graduated students.The best videos on the playlist win a FREE tryout membership on Radar ­ where you can read briefs and pitch to make budgeted music videos with artists and labels worldwide.

Most budgets on Radar range from $800 and $15k,. Commissioners range from major record labels to independent labels and artists worldwide. Subscriptions to Radar are between $9 to $15, entirely optional and can be easily cancelled at any time.

If you’d like us to feature your work and take a shot at winning a free membership, please send a link to and he’ll sort it out. Send a link to your best music video, if you don’t have music videos, send us a link to the best video you’ve directed.

We’re looking forward to seeing your work!

Meanwhile, learn more about how to build a career directing music videos on our blog.

Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia in Tokyo, Japan.

This is Shoko Takegasa from Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia in Tokyo, Japan.

I’d like to inform you that we currently open call for entries. The festival will be held in June, 2016.

We accept submissions via shortfilmdepot ( and all rules and regulations are also available on our website (

It would be great if you could consider submission of your students’ films.

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