Film, Audio, Media, RMIT

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

Month: June 2012

Open Road Film Festival

Greetings from the Open Road Film Festival, a new initiative between Australia’s film industry and Harley-Davidson®, serving to promote Australia’s filmmaking talent, which means you.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Think about the resources you have available that will make your film work.

To get your creative spirit revving, we’re giving away five $1000 production grants. Grant recipients will also get the use of a Canon 5D MIII for their shoot. They’ll also receive up to three mentoring sessions with Gregor, Bryan or another industry participant of equal calibre. Grant applications must be submitted and received by 13th July 2012.

For more information, visit

RMIT SEEDS (Social and Environmental Enterprise Developments)

You may recall receiving an email from us on a previous occasion re: the student wide program, RMIT SEEDS (Social and Environmental Enterprise Developments) designed to support students across the University to develop an idea, project or enterprise with a social or environmental mission (I.e. support programs through the ‘Fellowship’ and ‘Investment Fund’).

This is a request to send the following email copy below to your student list(s) and/or a relevant colleague to facilitate the following invitation to students to apply for the upcoming RMIT SEEDS Investment Fund.

We also run an associated RMIT community forum series at BMW  Edge Federation Square on topics pertinent to social enterprise (please feel free to check out our last forum and other associated videos on You Tube > type: RMIT SEEDS).  We would also like to warmly invite you to join us for our next event on Investing in Social Enterprise. Register at:;ID=769f5rcgwh2w

2012 DigiSPAA Digital Filmmaking Competition

The Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPAA) has launched the 2012 DigiSPAA Digital Filmmaking Competition which allows filmmakers from Australia and New Zealand to enter.

The eighth annual competition, themed ‘uncovering new storytellers, telling new stories’ is a celebration and acknowledgement of independent digital filmmaking.
This year’s winner will receive a prize a pool of $15,000 cash and $20,000 worth of post-production, a guaranteed screening of the winning film on the Movie Extra channel, plus a return airfare and free registration to the prestigious CineMart International Film Festival Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.

Important dates:

Applications close: 14 September 2012, 5pm

Final four finalists announced: October

Winner Announced: 12-15 November 2012 at the SPAA Conference, Central Pier, Docklands, Melbourne.

Submissions for the 2012 Made In Melbourne Film Festival are now open!

Submissions for the 2012 Made In Melbourne Film Festival are now open!

MIM is an exclusive showcase for Melbourne filmmakers and short films that are ‘Made in Melbourne’.  The festival celebrates the desire, drive, and diversity of our local film community by screening the very best short films Melbourne has to offer.  Check out the promo below:

Last year the festival was a great success, running over three big nights, showcasing local films to almost 500 people at the beautiful Astor Theatre, as well as DV8, and the laid-back Great Northern Hotel.  We highlighted a great range of talent and encouraged crowd interaction by hosting Q & A with the filmmakers and allowing the audience to decide the winners.  Now even more is in store for 2012 – more films, more fun, more sensational local shorts!

Plus more prizes and accolades will once again be up for grabs including $1000 in cold hard cash to the ‘Best Film’.  The Entry Form plus all the details are available on the website:

So send us your shorts and show us what you got, Melbourne!

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