Film, Audio, Media, RMIT

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

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composer and sound designer for film

Sarah J. Strachan at SJS Music is a composer and sound designer for film, television and video games. She is also a songwriter. Trained in orchestration, classical piano, jazz, rock and modern music, Sarah is adept at capturing the mood of any scene or genre. An excellent communicator who is passionate about creating music for the screen, Sarah is great to work within any capacity. Check out her website for more info!:

Environmental Film Festival Australia



Film submissions are now open for the 2019 Environmental Film Festival Australia (EFFA), held in October. EFFA screens short and feature films from around the world, which celebrate nature and wildlife, champion those protecting our environment, and illustrate the environmental threats we face. Submissions close 31 May – see the EFFA website:


I am a composer/multi-instrumentalist currently based in Melbourne. I have previously composed music for a handful of live theatrical productions in the UK, and I am now making the move into film so I am looking for a number of short student films to score in order to build up my showreel.
My influences include Alexandre Desplat, Alberto Iglesias, Mica Levi, Brian Eno, Jonny Greenwood, Yann Tiersen, Olafur Arnaulds, Johan Johanssen, Nils Frahm, Max Richter, Lisa Gerrard, Erik Satie and Bernard Herrmann, as well as a galaxy of diverse of bands, musicians and artists.
Some samples of my work, both old and new, can be heard in the links below. I can tackle most genres, but broadly my work falls into the following categories:
If you are interested in collaborating, please contact me at

Social Shorts

This is the fourth year of #SocialShorts, which showcases the work of Australia’s talented short filmmakers. The competition will run for three weeks across three categories – Comedy, Drama and Open – with each category owning the spotlight for a week. Audiences can vote for their favourite short films in each category and are encouraged to share their favourites across social media. The winning film for each category announced at the start of the following week.

Those who vote also have the chance to win a double pass to the 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel, including flights and accommodation.


It may be of interest to you that we have a number of short films from Victoria competing in the comedy category this year:



We greatly appreciate any promotion you are able to do, and if you would like any further information or marketing assets, please don’t hesitate to contact me. For further info on #SocialShorts and to watch and vote for the films,


SmartFone Flick Fest

You still have 2 weeks to enter SF3 2017, and Gala Award tickets are on sale NOW! Entrants have until Tuesday, August 1st to submit their films, with the winner receiving a monster prize pack valued at over $10,000 and having their film screened in San Diego, so……..get ready, set and filming to be in with a chance for short film superstardom!


Submit your film and buy tickets at #FILM #SF3

2018 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship

ENTRIES OPEN!  $200,000 FOR FILMMAKERS.  Filmmakers have five weeks to get their entries in to the largest cash fellowship (AUD$200,000) for short film in Australia:  the 2017 Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship.

Brought to you by @Sydney Film Festival and @Lexus Australia, for the third year, filmmakers have until 24 August to submit.   The Fellowship is a chance to be among four filmmakers awarded $50,000 each! to produce their next short film to premiere at the Sydney Film Festival in 2019.

It’s a simple process with no entry fee. All filmmakers are required to do is submit an eligible film and curriculum vitae at


  • Festival Screening Date: Friday 22 September 2017 at Village Cinemas Sunshine
  • Deadline for Entry: 5pm Friday 25 August 2017
  • Total Prize Pool: $10,000 including a $5,000 Judges Award for the Best Film
  • Main Prize: Judges Award
  • Secondary Prize: Popular Vote
  • Festival Theme: “Brilliant Sunshine”. Film makers are encouraged to interpret the theme as creatively as they wish. “Brilliant Sunshine” doesn’t need to be the central motif, all you need to do is reference it at least once visually or in sound.
  • Registration and Entry: FREE. Please register with us even if you don’t intend to submit a film. It’s good to know that you support the festival.

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

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