Film, Audio, Media, RMIT

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

Month: September 2010

Call for entries from Short Shorts Film Festival, Tokyo

WarmGreeting from Tokyo, Japan. I’m Aki from Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.

As accredited by Academy Awards, our festival is one of the biggestshort film festival in Asia. For more details, please kindly see our

I’m writing this email to see if we could let know your students about our call-for-entries. We just open our submission for 2011from August 1st. I attach the regulation with email.

For individual submission, we accept through Shortfilmdepot (

Melbourne International Student Film Festival

We are hosting Australia’s only student film festival in Feb 2011 and would like to invite student work from around the globe.

Please have a look at our website for details.

ONE80PROJECT – 180 second drama

I am wanting to touch base with you in regards to ONE80PROJECT,  a wonderful initiative that  really gives a leg up to aspiring film makers as well as supporting Australian television drama! Just to give you a brief overview, the One80Project in conjunction with MTV is a national competition where entrants submit a 180 second drama pilot in which gets judged by a panel of industry professionals (past named have included Sam Neil, Teresa Palmer, Joel and Nash Edgerton, Noah Taylor), developed into a fully fledged production and ultimately aired on MTV Australia.

Attached is an overview of the project, feel free to check out our website

MTV are really passionate about this initiative, and are ecstatic by its growth over the last 4 years. Now in its 5th year, we are excited about taking it to new heights and making it the best yet.

The competition officially opens from October 15, however we are hoping to lock in presentation dates from September 27.

2011 West End Film Festival (WEFF)

The 2011 West End Film Festival (WEFF) is currently accepting Australian short films from all genres. The deadline is 31 December 2010. Entry is free. Entry forms available at

An awards ceremony and gala event will take place 27 March 2011 at the Rumpus Cinema, West End. All films will be in the running for cash prizes. The inaugural 2010 festival had sell out sessions with a total audience of around 800.

Opportunity for student writers

My name is Kim Heras, I’m the editor of The Next Web Australia – the local arm of the global The Next Web tech blog network
I was wondering if you had any other students who would be interested in doing some guest writing for the blog.

It wouldn’t be a paid gig but there are a bunch of reasons why it might be a great opportunity
1. Opportunity to cross post their stories to the main The Next Web network which receives about 3 Million unique views /month
2. Chance to get introduced to key companies/people in the Australian tech scene
3. Opportunity to build up a portfolio of real stories on a leading global tech blog network
4. Experience in what it’s like to have to identify stories and produce them in a timely manner

Of course this would be perfect for students who have a specific interest in technology but then again we cover companies like Google/Microsoft/Apple/The Australian Government etc. all of which any of your students will probably be familiar with.

Kim Heras
Editor – The Next Web, Australia
Twitter: @kimheras / @thenextwebau
Facebook: The Next Web Australia
Skype: kimheras


Following on from the success of the inaugural F4 launched at AIDC 2010 – we’re pleased to announce the Call for Submissions for F4 2011, this time working in collaboration with the 2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival which is very exciting.

I’m contacting you hoping that you be able to help us find some outstanding emerging Australian documentary filmmaking talent.  As well as doing a general call, I’m contacting targeted individuals to encourage recommendations wherever possible.

The benefits of selection or filmmakers are even more significant this year – please see attached Media Release for full details – and for further general information about F4 please visit

“F4 was an incredible learning experience for me, opening up a whole new international world of documentary filmmaking. I met inspiring filmmakers and mentors with whom I’ve since begun creative partnerships with and all my project’s have consequently progressed. I had some invaluable face-to-face meetings with broadcasters and distributors and now have a greater understanding of the market. I wholeheartedly encourage emerging filmmakers to participate in the F4 program.” Elizabeth Tadic – F4 2010 First Filmmaker and F4 Award winner

Submissions for F4 2011 open on Monday 16 August 2010 and close on Friday 29 October 2010.

If your film is selected for the F4 program you receive the following benefits:

▪ Full registration to AIDC 2011
▪ Inclusion of your film in the 2011 BAFF screening program
▪ Return airfare to Adelaide, from your nearest Australian capital city
▪ Accommodation for the duration of AIDC 2011
▪ A program of professional development opportunities
▪ Observer access to AIDC MeetMarket preparation sessions
▪ Guest of 2011 BigPond Adelaide Film Festival which includes such benefits as access to festival screenings, events, functions and other professional development activities

Student Contest: Calling all storytellers, animators and filmmakers

We are currently looking for submissions for a contest hosted by jovoto, that could be of great interest to your students. Hence I hope you can tell me how to provide them with information, or even spread the word yourself.

jovoto is an online community that links creative talent worldwide and provides space for an ideation process which is free, collaborative and, above all, fair. It’s initiation was triggered by the perception that in creative industries young talents often have the weakest standpoints, while the entire sector profits from their ideas. Thus, their main goal is to connect people who have ideas to people who need ideas – in a way that satisfies both of them and doesn’t benefit just one party.

This contest, initiated by PayPal, carries a first prize of $5,000 with a further $15,000 being distributed amongst the 19 runners up. Any idea put into production is licensed for a further $2,500. Although some challenges are public, this particular challenge is private. If your students would like to submit anything (ideas, sketches, skits, storyboards or films), please tell them to contact me at with samples of their work and I will invite you to the private layer.

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