Film, Audio, Media, RMIT

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

Month: May 2014

The Made In Melbourne Film Festival

The Made In Melbourne Film Festival is the only festival exclusively for our local filmmakers. MIM opens submissions for 2014  on Tuesday May 27th with a big launch screening and party.

2014 marks the sixth straight year MIM celebrates the desire, drive, and diversity of our local film making talent.  And the festival is bigger and bolder than before: four days and nights, more sessions, more films, more awards; and once again open to shorts, features, and films by high school students.  Plus more surprises in store. Check out the website for more info on the festival and to find out how to enter your films.

Tomorrow night’s launch sees MIM teaming with Melbourne’s most innovating and popular monthly film event, Final Cut, run by Richard Harris at the grungy and hip 1000 £ BEND  in the heart of the city.  The night will feature a retrospective screening of some of the best films from MIM, including major winners and high school standouts.  Pop-up cabaret, circus acts, and street performers will also grace the event, the atmosphere bound to be buzzing and loaded with laughter.

So celebrate the best local films with us, enjoy the show, and welcome the Made In Melbourne Film Festival back for a brand new year. We look forward to seeing you there tomorrow night and viewing your films, Melbourne.

MIM Launch @ Final Cut
Pre-show entertainment begins 5:30pm
Films begin 7:30pm
Tuesday May 27th
1000 £ BEND  361 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne

2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition

We are pleased to announce the start of our 2015 BlueCat Screenplay Competition! Please pass along the below information to your communities to spread the word about our exciting 2015 Call for Entries!



Since 1998, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition has provided a community for the unknown screenwriter to develop their work, giving undiscovered talent a path to professional success.

The Joplin Award is given to the best script from outside of the US, Canada, and the UK and comes with a cash prize of $1,500.

The Cordelia Award is given to the best script from the UK and comes with a cash prize of $1,500.

BlueCat accepts both feature length and short screenplays, and in keeping with our longstanding tradition, every screenplay will receive one written analysis, with our best screenplays receiving over $40,000 in cash prizes.

All submissions received by June 15th will receive their written analysis by July 1st.

Students will be eligible to submit their short screenplay at a special rate of $35.

The final deadline for the competition is November 15th, 2014.

We look forward to working with you!



$15,000 Grand Prize

Four Finalists

$2,500 Prize


$10,000 Grand Prize

Three Finalists

$1,500 Prize


Best Feature Screenplay from the UK

$1,500 Prize


Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK

$1,500 Prize


Three Winners: $250 each

All screenplays entered by August 1st are eligible

Recent achievements by BlueCat Alumni include:

  • Aaron Guzikowski’s #1 Film “Prisoners,” starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Melissa Leo, was released in September 2013. He is also the creator of “The Red Road,” a Sundance Channel original series.
  • Young Il Kim’s script, “Rodham,” a 2012 Blacklist Script, recently attached director James Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now”). Young recently won the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant from Sundance, where he will write a biopic on Stephen Hawking.
  • Ana Lily Amipour’s debut feature, “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night”, premiered at 2014 Sundance.
  • Ashleigh Powell sold her script, “SomaCell,” to Warner Brothers, with David Goyer attached to produce.


BlueCat Screenplay Competition









Registrations for Screen It 2014 are now open

Registrations for Screen It 2014 are now open
Now in its tenth year, Screen It is Australia’s largest moving image competition for primary and secondary students, encouraging and fostering a new generation of moving image makers. This year’s judges include ABC Good Game’s Bajo and Hex!

Explore the theme REFLECTION in an

– Animated film,
– Live action film or
– Videogame

and enter in the Primary or Secondary school category as a group or individual.

Entries close:
Friday 12 September

Great prizes are awarded at the red carpet awards ceremony in December at ACMI in Melbourne. Winning entries are displayed in ACMI’s permanent exhibition, Screen Worlds.

Register, watch previous winning entries or download the Teacher Resource Kit

Environmental Film Festival Melbourne

I am the Program Coordinator for the Environmental Film Festival Melbourne. We are currently considering content for inclusion in our 2014 festival program, and are inviting distributors, production companies and film schools to submit material completed since January 2012.The Environmental Film Festival Melbourne entertains with groundbreaking films, traversing the relationship between humans and their environments, challenging the way people think about the natural world and inspiring them to discuss, explore and act on important environmental issues.

We are the premier environmental film festival in Australia. With a marketing reach of over 2 million, and a diverse audience, EFFM provides great exposure for new and established filmmakers. And with plans to go national, we expect our reach to increase significantly over the next year.

If any of your students are interested in submitting work, we would appreciate access to the full film (ideally either a DVD screener or a password protected link). This will help us in our decision making process. The deadline for entries is May 31. 

Martin Schoo

Program Coordinator
Environmental Film Festival Melbourne


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